Wedding Etiquette (Who Pays for What?)

Now that we are in the year 2015, many modern day couples make the decision to pay for their own wedding (especially if they have lived together for some time before the ceremony). But traditionally speaking- who pays for what? Here are general guidelines for wedding etiquette showing who traditionally pays for what components of a wedding and activities surrounding it.Wedding Etiquette

The Bride and Family

  • Wedding Planner
  • Wedding Announcements
  • Wedding Invitations
  • Bridal Gown & Accessories
  • Bridal Hair & Makeup
  • Bride’s Bouquet
  • Music & Entertainment
  • Transportation of Bride, Groom, & Bridal Party
  • All Reception Expenses
  • Photographer or Videographer
  • Accommodations for the Bride’s Guests
  • Bridesmaids’ Luncheon
  • Bride’s Party Favors or Gifts to Attendants
  • Bride’s Gift to Groom
  • Groom’s Wedding Band


The Groom and Family

  • Bride’s Engagement Ring & Wedding Band
  • Groom’s Attire
  • Accessories for the Groomsmen (ex. ties, gloves, etc.)
  • Accommodations for the Groom’s Guests
  • Bachelor Dinner
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Officiant’s Fee
  • Accommodations for the Officiant
  • The Marriage License
  • Transportation for the Groom & Best Man
  • The Bride’s Corsage
  • Boutonnieres for Groom’s Guests
  • Corsages for Family Members on Both Sides
  • Groom’s Gift to Bride
  • Groom’s Party Favors of Gifts to Attendants
  • All Honeymoon Expenses



  • Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories
  • Transportation To and From Wedding Activities
  • Group Gift to Bride
  • Gift to Newly Formed Couple
  • Bachelorette Party
  • Bridal Shower


  • Wedding Attire
  • Transportation To and From Wedding Activities
  • Bachelor Party
  • Group Gift to Groom
  • Gift to Newly Formed Couple



  • Wedding Gift to Newly Formed Couple
  • Accommodations for Themselves (hotel, transportation, meals, etc.)
  • Transportation To & From Wedding Activities