You are fantasizing about your perfect wedding day and everything that comes along with it.  If you have never been married before or you don’t know many people that have been married, then you may be curious as to who traditionally pays for what at your Gilbert wedding venue. 

This list also may vary based off of religion and the beliefs of a bride and groom.  There may or may not be a reception, there may or may not be transportation.  Whatever the case, below is a list of items and who traditionally pays for that portion of the wedding.  Keep in mind you can always put your modern spin on these ideas.

The Bride’s Family

Typically the bride’s family pays for the majority of the wedding.  Things that are included are:

·      The reception costs including: food, music, decorations, rental fees and entertainment

·      The ceremony costs including: rental fees, decorations

·      Flower arrangements for church (including huppah if a Jewish wedding ceremony) and reception, plus bouquets and corsages for bridesmaids and flower girls.

·      The bride’s wedding dress and accessories

·      Invitations, announcements, programs, and mailing costs

·      Favors

·      Photography

·      Transportation

·      Their own attire and travel expense

The Groom’s Family

·      The rehearsal dinner including: food, invitations, decorations and entertainment

·      Their own attire and travel expenses

·      A wedding present

The Bride

·      The groom’s wedding ring

·      A wedding gift for the groom

·      Her hair, makeup, beauty treatments

·      Gifts for her attendants

·      Sometimes accommodation for any out-of-town bridesmaids

The Groom

·      The marriage license

·      The bride’s engagement ring and wedding ring

·      The honeymoon

·      A wedding gift for the bride

·      The bride’s bouquet

·      Gifts for his attendants

·      Corsages for the mothers and grandmothers

·      Boutonnières for men in the wedding party

·      Sometimes accommodation for any out-of-town groomsmen

·      Fee for the officiate

As mentioned before, this list isn’t something that has to be stuck to.  If the grooms family wants to pay for the corsages or the brides family wants to pay the officiate fee, that is ok. Your Gilbert wedding venue can be decorated and paid for however you and your groom decide. 

Another thing to consider is there isn’t always family backing a bride and groom for whatever reason, maybe you are eloping or there isn’t a living family member on one side or the other.  This list can be condensed down or modified to fit each bride and groom and their own beliefs and style.