The role of the bride and groom in wedding expenses
The rollercoaster of wedding preparations starts with after the couples have announced to their loved ones their plans of getting married. With the expenses in preparing for the wedding of the century of their beloved partner, one thing that immediately arises is who will pay all the bills. Before a couple plans to marry, the most important thing to consider is if their finances can handle all the cost from the wardrobes, food, and venue to wedding rings. And these are things that should not be disregarded especially if a lot of people are looking forward to the special day.
In a traditional wedding preparation, it was the bride’s family who pays for the reception that includes food, music, decorations, rental fees and entertainment; ceremony, flower arrangements and bouquets, the bride’s wedding dress and accessories, invitations, photography as well as the transportation and travel expenses. While the groom’s family pays for the rehearsal dinner – that includes food, invitations, decorations, and entertainment – their own attire, travel expenses and the wedding present.
When it comes to the groom’s wedding ring, a wedding gift for the groom, her wedding appearance (hair and makeup plus the beauty treatment), gifts for her attendants, and any accommodation expenses for any out-of-town bridesmaids; the bride pays for it.
On the other hand, the groom pays for the marriage license, the bride’s engagement ring and wedding ring, the honeymoon, a wedding gift for the bride, bride’s bouquet, gifts for his attendants, and corsages for the mothers and grandmothers, boutonnieres for men in the wedding party and fee for the officiant.
But if the bride and groom are old enough with parents that does not have enough resources for the wedding expenses, they were the ones who pay for all the wedding cost.
With the influence of unrestricted values and the modernity of times, the way how wedding expenses were paid changed. Most couples prefer to have the cost in three ways: The bride’s family, the groom’s family and the wedding couple. They pay one-third of the cost which also given each the freedom to invite one third of the guests they prefer.
When it comes to engagement parties, the bride’s parents were the one who throws the party for the husband-to-be of their daughter as a gesture of welcoming the groom to the family and also to establish good rapport with the guest which familiar faces makes the event more cordial.
Before the venue is identified for the wedding, the bride’s parents are responsible for sending the engagement announcements as well as paying local newspaper to advertise the wedding event. They are also the one who hosts the events. They play the special role at the reception by making guests feel welcome and ensuring that everything is running smoothly.
Conversely, the groom’s family is responsible for organizing the rehearsal dinners. They also offset the reception expenses by purchasing any alcoholic drinks and also pay for all the floral expenses.
Splitting the wedding cost to three would greatly help the couple to save and prevent them from spending too much for a one day party.