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He Pays / She Pays – Who Pays for What?

The following are guidelines based on tradition and should help determine who pays for what. Please keep in mind this is not set in stone and can be modified to suit your own particular needs or circumstances.

Wedding & Engagement Rings
Bride’s Engagement & Wedding Rings: THE GROOM
Groom’s Wedding Ring: THE BRIDE

Wedding Gifts
Gift for the Bride: THE GROOM
Gift for the Groom: THE BRIDE
Gifts for the Bride’s Attendants: THE BRIDE
Gifts for the Groom’s Attendants: THE GROOM

Invitations and Announcements
Invitations: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Announcements: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Postage: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Wedding Stationery: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY

Attire and Accessories
Bride’s Gown & Accessories: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Groom’s Tuxedo & Accessories: THE GROOM
Attire for the Groom’s Attendants: THE GROOM’S ATTENDANTS
Attire for the Bride’s Attendants: THE BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS
Attire for the Groom’s Family: THE GROOM’S FAMILY
Attire for the Bride’s Family: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY

Flowers and Decorations
Flowers & Decor for the Ceremony and Reception: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Flowers for the Bride’s Attendants: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Boutonnieres for the Groom, Fathers and Grandfathers: THE GROOM
Boutonnieres for the Groom’s Attendants: THE GROOM
Corsages for the Mothers and Grandmothers: THE GROOM
Bride’s Bouquet & Flowers: THE GROOM

Ceremony and Reception
Ceremony Location Fee: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Officiant’s Fee: THE GROOM
Marriage License Fee: THE GROOM
Reception Location Fee: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Food & Beverages: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Photographer and/or Videographer: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Entertainment for the Ceremony and Reception: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Limousine/Transportation Rentals: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Any Other Applicable Ceremony/Reception Costs: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY

Other Expenses
Engagement Photos: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Engagement Party: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Wedding Cake: THE BRIDE’S FAMILY
Rehearsal Dinner: THE GROOM’S FAMILY
Honeymoon: THE GROOM
Bridal Shower and Bachelor/ette Parties
Bridal Shower: THE BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS
Bachelor Party: THE GROOM’S ATTENDANTS
Bachelorette Party: THE BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

Out-of-town Attendants and Guests
Accommodations for the Groom’s Attendants: THE GROOM
Accommodations for the Bride’s Attendants: THE BRIDE
GUESTS are responsible for their own transportation/travel AND accommodations
ATTENDANTS are responsible for their own transportation/travel expenses

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