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Budgeting for a wedding - who traditionally pays for what?

Budgeting for a wedding - who traditionally pays for what?

With many couples today either paying for their weddings or making significant contributions towards the costs, the responsibility of the bride’s father to pick up the greater part of the cost of his daughter’s wedding has diminished.

These days both of a couple’s families might join forces to share the expense, with the groom’s family, for example, undertaking to pay for specific parts of the ceremony or the wedding reception.

That said, tradition still has a part to play even in budgeting for a wedding, with both bride and groom happily undertaking to pay for certain items. Even if the major expenses are shared by the couple and their families, it is helpful to know what was conventionally paid for by whom in times gone by.

By tradition the bride’s father would have covered the cost of these items:

For his part, the groom was expected to cover these costs:

By tradition the bride’s expenditure focuses on her husband. Conventionally this amounted to:

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