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Home » Your Wedding » Who Pays for What?

Who Pays for What?

Historically, the bride and/or her family have assumed the majority of the wedding related expense. The more modern approach allows for division of costs between the couple and/or both sets of parents. Following are some of the more traditional guidelines that you can adopt or modify to suit your particular needs. The itemization also provides a check list of matters that may require attention in your wedding preparations.

Bride/Bride's Family

  • Invitations, personal notes and mailing expense;
  • Cost of the reception;
  • Cost of the ceremony;
  • Photographic and videographic expense;
  • The groom’s wedding ring;
  • Favors;
  • Attendants’ bouquets;
  • Transportation for the wedding party;
  • Wedding dress, headpiece and accessories;
  • Lingerie;
  • Groom’s gift;
  • Wedding consultant’s fee;
  • Guest Book;
  • Accommodations for out-of-town bride’s attendants and guests.

Groom/Groom's Family

  • Groom’s wedding attire;
  • Rehearsal dinner;
  • Marriage license;
  • Bride’s rings;
  • Honeymoon;
  • Wedding gifts for the bride, best man, groomsmen and ushers;
  • BOTANICA's Flowers for the bride’s bouquet, corsages for the mothers and grandmothers;
  • Alcohol at reception;
  • Accommodations for out-of-town groomsmen, ushers and guests.


  • Wedding gift for the couple;
  • Bachelor party and/or bacheloret party;
  • Travel costs.


For more details, come and visit us or contact us at weddings@botanicadirect.com