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Bridal Club Magazine

Traditional Wedding Rule of Thumb - Which Side Of The Family Pays What?

Every now and then you hear a little rumble from those of the old school
that still like to play by the 'rules'. The rule today is, there really are no
hard and fast rules. But in the realm of costs, the three way split usually
works well for all involved - meaning all expenses divided equally between the bridal couple and their respective families.

Here's a suggestion from way back to appease the traditional tastes.

The Bride's family pays for

All of the reception costs (i.e., room rental, food, and beverages)
Wedding stationary bouquets and flowers
Decorative accessories for the ceremony and reception
Music for the ceremony and reception
Groom's wedding gift and wedding band
Bridesmaids' gifts and their hotel accommodations
Photographer and photography
Bride's wedding gown, accessories and trousseau
All transportation and parking expenses for the ceremony and reception

The Groom's family pays for

Bride's rings and wedding gift
Marriage license
Grooms-men's gifts
Ties and gloves for the groom's party
Bride's bouquet and corsage
Corsages for mothers and grandmothers
Boutonnieres for the groom's party
Celebrant's or minister's fee
Rehearsal dinner (should you decide to have one)
The honeymoon

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