Wedding Bills Etiquette

Wedding bills etiquette is an important part of wedding etiquette. Following the right etiquette at a wedding can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to money. You don't want to offend anyone, yet you want to be perfectly appropriate with everybody. Here are some guidelines to follow:





Bride pays for:

a. Wedding ring for the groom

b. Wedding gift for the groom

c. Bridesmaids gifts

wedding bills etiquette, proper wedding etiquette, wedding reception etiquette, rehearsal dinnerd. Medical visit for bride

e. Bridesmaids luncheon

f. Accommodations for out-of-town guests (groom can join the bride on this one)


Groom pays for:

a. Wedding ring for the bride

b. Wedding gift for the bride

c. Groomsmen/Usher gifts

d. Bride’s bouquet

e. Mothers’ corsages

f. Groom’s boutonnière

g. Groomsmen boutonnières

h. Usher’s boutonnière

i. Marriage license

j. Medical visit for groom

k. Clergyman/Officiant’s fee

l. Gloves/Ties/Ascots for attendants

m. Limousine service

n. Honeymoon arrangements


Bride's family pays for:

a. Wedding gown, headpiece and accessories

b. Bridesmaids’ bouquets

c. Grandmothers’ corsages

d. Ceremony/Reception flowers

e. Altar baskets/Arches

f. Canopy/Carpet

g. Kneeling bench/Candelabrums

h. Rented items for wedding

i. Rented items for reception

j. Invitations/Announcements

k. Wedding programs

l. Napkins/Matches/Printed items

m. Church’s Fee

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n. Musician/Soloist

o. Church’s Janitor

p. Reception Hall fee

q. Catered Reception/Professional Services

r. Wedding photography

s. Wedding video

t. Orchestra/Band/DJ

u. Wedding cake

v. Wedding favors

w. Rice bags

x. Wedding breakfast

y. Bridal brunch

z. Father of the bride formal wear


Groom’s family pays for:

a. Groom’s cake

b. Rehearsal dinner

c. Father of the groom formal wear


Matron of Honor pays for:

wedding bills etiquette, proper wedding etiquette, wedding reception etiquette, rehearsal dinnera. Matron of Honor’s gown


Maid of Honor pays for:

a. Maid of Honor’s gown


Bridesmaids pay for:

a. Bridesmaids’ gowns


Best Man pays for:

a. Bachelor party (other groom’s attendants can join the Best Man to pay the bill)

b. Best Man’s formal wear


Groomsmen pay for:

a. Groomsmen’s formal wear


Ushers pay for:

a. Ushers’ formal wear


Children’s Parents pay for:

a. Children’s formal wear


Out-of-town attendants or family members pay for:

a. Travel expenses to the wedding


Guests, Attendants and Family Members pay for:

a. Gifts for the couple

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Of course, this is only a wedding bills etiquette guide for traditional weddings. You can arrange expenses differently having an open conversation with all the parties involved.

However, if you and your future spouse design your own wedding and decide to pay for it so everything goes according to your plans and desires, by all means! More and more couples are doing it that way, avoiding their families and friends a financial burden they might not have had contemplated in their budgets.


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