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Who pays for what?

Who pays for what?

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The origins of the bride's father paying for the wedding dates back to a time when daughters were something you had to pay someone to take off your hands.

The bride's father pays for:

  • Engagement announcement in newspaper.
  • Stationery, printing and postage expenses.
  • Bride's and bridesmaids' dresses and accessories.
  • Page boy outfit.
  • His own suit and bride's mother's outfit.
  • Cars other than for the groom and best man.
  • Bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids.
  • Flowers for church and reception
  • Buttonholes for participants and guests.
  • Photographer and/or videographer.
  • Wedding Cake.
  • Reception and all associated expenses.
  • Wedding Insurance.
  • Wedding present for his daughter and her new husband.

The groom's parents pay for:

  • The parents' meeting following the engagement announcement.
  • Their own outfits.
  • Wedding present for the newly-weds.

The bride pays for:

  • Hen party.
  • Groom's ring.
  • Something old, new, borrowed and blue.
  • Hairdresser and beautician on the day.
  • Her going-away outfit.
  • Present for groom.

The groom pays for:

  • Engagement ring.
  • Stag party.
  • Bride's wedding ring.
  • Hiring of his own, best man's and ushers' suits.
  • Transport for best man and himself to ceremony venue.
  • Civil or church ceremony fees and expenses.
  • Buttonholes for him, the best man, ushers and guests.
  • Presents for the bride, bridesmaids, pages, ushers and best man.
  • His going-away outfit.
  • Transport away from reception venue for himself and his new wife.
  • Wedding night venue.
  • Honeymoon.
  • Press announcement for wedding.

The bride and groom pay for:

Present for the bride's parents.

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