Funding Their Wedding Day
Your child is in love and ready to make a commitment — congratulations! It's a big step, and it's also normal if you're a little confused about who pays for what on the big day. You're not alone. The wedding budget can be a source of stress and puzzlement for everyone involved. While some couples pay for their weddings on their own, many rely on their families to help make their dream day a reality. Everyone divvies expenses up the way that works best for them, especially in this modern age filled with innovative ideas. That said, here's a breakdown of the traditional wedding day funding to let you know what you might expect to pay.
The Bride's Family
Traditionally, the bride's family has been in charge of paying the majority of wedding expenses. This includes everything from the engagement party to the reception. Traditional expenses the bride's family covers include:
- The engagement party
- The wedding gown and bride's accessories
- Bridal consultant fees
- Wedding invitations and stationery
- Bridesmaid bouquets
- Wedding flowers
- Music, photography, and videography services
- Ceremony and reception
- Transportation for the bridal party to the wedding ceremony and reception
- The attire for the bride's family
Modern brides are paying greater shares for their weddings.
Traditionally, the bride was only responsible for buying the ring and wedding
gift for her groom, gifts for her bridesmaids, and a luncheon for her
The Groom's Family
While the bride's family pays around $12,000 on average, the
groom's family contributes an average of $7,000 toward wedding expenses,
according to Brides magazine. Traditionally, this includes:
- Attire for the groom
- Boutonnieres for the groom, groomsmen, and other family members
- Officiant's fees
- Lodging and transportation costs for the groomsmen and groom's family
- Rehearsal dinner
The groom is traditionally responsible for buying gifts for
his bride, the marriage license, his own formal wear, gifts for his groomsmen,
and the honeymoon arrangements. Some families also give the groom the
responsibility for buying the corsages and boutonnieres.
Tips for Having an Easy Money Conversation
Talking about money isn't always easy. Here are a few tips to smooth things out: Talking about
Have "The Talk:" Get everyone together or get together in small groups with each family and the happy couple to find out how involved each side wants to be in planning and how they feel about contributing to the wedding costs.
Keep it specific: Assign particular parts of the wedding to specific family members. Don't be vague or leave anyone confused about roles.
Skip the comparisons: It's easy to fall into the trap of planning the biggest and most lavish wedding to give in to the perceived pressures of society. Avoid this trap by being honest about what you can afford. Give the other side enough leeway to be honest about what they can afford, too.
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