What do the parents pay for?

what do the parents pay for at a wedding

If you’re opting to go the traditional route, and the bride’s parents have offered to pay for the wedding, you might be thinking the groom’s parents get off scot-free and don’t have to pay a thing… but they are actually expected to cover some costs.

On the other hand, perhaps you’re looking to appeal to your parent’s traditional side, and ask them for a contribution to the wedding. You want to be armed with knowledge about the etiquette and have a proper plan of attack. So today I thought I’d list out what the”other” side of the bridal party pays for.

What costs do the parents of the groom cover for a wedding?

The parents of the groom traditionally pay for the following items:

  • Boutonnieres for groom’s attendants (i.e. buttonholes)
  • The bride’s bouquet
  • Celebrant or Officiant fee or donation
  • Any associated costs for the celebrant- ie. accommodation and transportation expenses
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Corsages for every family member
  • Transportation of the Groom and his attendant when going to the wedding

what do the parents pay for

What costs do the parents of the bride cover for a wedding?

So traditionally, the bride’s parents pay for everything except for a few specific items (covered off above). I emphasise ‘traditionally’ because it’s not so common for the bride’s parents to cover the lot these days.  I recommend you read this blog post on who pays for a wedding in NZ for more information on this topic.

How are you paying for your wedding?

I am always nosey and ask this question when I get a chance. It’s so interesting hearing how people are getting the money together (or getting shouted by their folks). So I’d love if you’d share how you are going to pay for your wedding (or how you paid for your own).

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