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Who’s Paying for Your Wedding?

By admin on November 15th, 2006 1 comment

Wedding_money I’ve just been amusing myself by looking at this list of who should pay for what at a wedding. As the bride, I’m getting off pretty lightly, only having to worry about buying the groom’s wedding ring, gifts for the attendants, and a "bonbonniere" – whatever that is. The poor groom, in comparison, is saddled with the costs of the honeymoon, all fees, flowers and suit hire. Oh, and a gift for the bride. Don’t forget the gift for the bride…

Of course, most couples don’t stick to these rules any more, and most people I know paid for their weddings themselves – some with a little bit (or a lot) of help from their families. We’re extremely lucky in that my parents are very generously paying for our reception, and for my dress – we’ll be covering the rest ourselves, with the biggest costs being our photographer, clothes for the men, and, of course, the fees for the registrar and licence. So, who’s paying for your wedding? Are you going the traditional route of "bride’s family pays", or is that now a thing of the past?

  • Caroline

    Well we are paying for the majority. My H2B’s parents are paying for the tent, church fees and booze (although their budget needs updating with the big drinkers that are coming!!) and providing us with the most gorgeous location (their home). My folks are giving us a contribution that will pay for most of, if not all of my dress. But the rest of the day will be funded by us – and to be honest mainly my Fiance as he earns so much more than me. I think we might cause a bit of a stir when the invites come from us rather than my folks though!! (H2B’s folks are very traditional.) I think that paying gives you slightly more control over what goes on, but even that can be untrue as everyone likes to have their say. I know that I will do my best to save for (fingers crossed i have one) my own daughters day when the time comes as it is such a huge expense and could set us up for our married life if we didn’t have to pay so much, that said I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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