A: If the bride’s parents or the couple is paying for the wedding and reception, traditionally the mother of the groom and the grooms family are responsible for purchasing her dress and planning the rehearsal dinner. Of course, depending on the circumstances, she may offer to help out in other areas but isn’t obligated to do so.
However, below is a list of the traditional expenses for the groom and/or his family, which may be helpful.
- Bride’s engagement and wedding rings
- Groom’s gift to his bride
- Groom’s gifts to his groom’s attendants
- Marriage license fee
- Officiant’s fee or donation
- All costs of the rehearsal dinner
- Expenses of the honeymoon
- Ties and gloves for groom’s attendants, if not part of their clothing rental package
- Bride’s bouquet (only in those regions where it is a local custom for the groom to pay for it)
- Boutonnieres for groom’s attendants
- Bride’s going away corsage
- Corsages for immediate family members, unless the bride has included them in her floral order
- Lodging and transportation for:
- Officiant, if from out of town and invited to officiate by the groom’s family
- Groom’s immediate family
- Groom’s attendants
- Transportation for groom and best man to the ceremony and reception site
- Bachelor dinner, if the groom wishes to host one
It should be noted that these are traditional expenses — not written in granite. Any number of arrangements can be made, and often the bride and groom cover a great deal of their own wedding expenses these days. Open and continuous communication about wedding responsibilities will go far in easing tensions throughout the entire process.
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