Who Pays For What At A Wedding

Cultural backgrounds and individual convictions heavily influence the decision-making in Wedding Etiquette.

The following is a general guide.

The Bride Typically pays for:

  • The Wedding ring for the Groom
  • Gifts for the Attendants
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  • The wedding gift for the Groom
  • Accommodations for out-of-town Attendants

The Groom typically pays for:

  • The Bride’s rings including the Engagement ring
  • Groom’s wedding attire
  • The honeymoon & transportation to the honeymoon
  • Wedding gift for the bride
  • The marriage license
  • The Groomsmen’s and ushers’ gifts
  • Accommodations for out-of-town groom’s men
  • Flowers for the Bride
  • The going-away corsage, corsages for mothers, and special ladies
  • The boutonnieres for men in wedding party
  • The gloves, ties and accessories for the men in the wedding party
  • Fee for clergy person or judge

The Groom’s Family typically pays for:

  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Alcohol at reception
  • Groom’s Cake
  • The Wedding gift for the newlyweds

The Bride’s Family typically pays for:

  • The cost of the reception
  • The Bride’s Wedding attire/trousseau
  • Invitations, announcements, thank you notes
  • The seating assignment chart, napkins and mailing costs
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Ceremony costs, including flowers and church fee
  • Bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer flowers and accessories
  • Transportation for bridal party on Wedding day from ceremony to reception
  • All gratuities for all services: parking ,security
  • Bridesmaid luncheon
  • Favors for reception
  • Guestbook for reception
  • Wedding gift for newlyweds

The Attendants typically pay for:


  • Wedding attire; Bridesmaid dress, shoes & accessories
  • Travel expenses
  • Shower & Wedding gift for newlyweds
  • Shower given by bridesmaids &/or maid of honor


  • Wedding attire rental
  • Wedding gift for the couple
  • Travel costs
  • Bachelor party given by best man and/or ushers


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