If you are starting to plan your wedding, you should have a budget set up well in advance. You also need to determine who pays for what. Every situation is a little bit different, but you and your future spouse should have an open conversation with your parents about your expectations and make adjustments accordingly. Not discussing a wedding's costs can cause confusion and even arguments later on, especially when the bills arrive.
In general, it is important for the bride and groom's families to come to terms with the wedding budget. Families may need to cap the number of guests who are invited, and the bride and groom may need to scale back on flower arrangements. The following lists can give you some rules to go by and to adjust as necessary:
What the Bride's Family Pays For
What the Groom's Family Pays For
What the Bride Pays For
What Either the Bride or Her Family Pay For
What the Groom Pays For
What the Bride's Attendants or Parents of Child Attendants Pay For
What the Groom's Attendants or Parents of Child Attendants Pay For
What the Out-of-Town Guests Pay For
Traditionally certain parties pay for certain expenses that become incurred with a wedding. It is often a confusing process while we are deciding who pays which expense. With a handy list, it no longer has to be confusing.
Right now, wedding traditions are in flux. And, because in many cases the bride and groom are already self-sufficient, paying for the wedding is often split right down the middle. But some people are still interested in the traditional division of finances when it comes to paying for a wedding.
Weddings require detailed planning and organization. There are many things to plan for, and usually a set amount of funds in the wedding budget. No doubt you've planned each aspect of the day from wedding showers to wedding flowers, and set up a wedding budget checklist with funding set aside for each item.