Wedding Etiquette: Who Pays for What?


A wedding is a beautiful event that celebrates the joining of two lives into one. That being said, weddings can also be very stressful, especially when figuring out a budget and who pays for what.

Rehearsal Dinner

  • Traditionally, the groom's parents pay for the rehearsal dinner held the evening before the wedding.


  • As tradition goes, the reception is paid for by the bride's parents as a way to give their daughter away.

Miscellaneous Wedding Needs

  • The bride's parents are also traditionally responsible for paying for the wedding flowers, the decorations, photography, the cake and anything else associated with the wedding celebration.


  • The groom usually pays for and makes all the arrangements for the honeymoon. In some cases, the groom's parents will pitch in and help with the honeymoon costs.


  • Traditionally speaking, the bride and groom pay for very little for their wedding. However, it is becoming increasingly common for the bride and groom to pay for a significant portion of their wedding, if not all of it, as a couple.

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