When it comes to wedding planning, tradition dictates that the bride's family is expected to cover the majority of the expenses. This includes the wedding dress, bridesmaid gifts, wedding planner or coordinator, invitations, flowers, reception, photography and more. In past generations, the bride's family was responsible for paying for the entire wedding. However, modern couples are more financially independent and often take responsibility for their own wedding costs.
The groom is traditionally expected to pay for the marriage license and officiant fees, bouquet for his partner, engagement and wedding rings, gifts for his groomsmen and a gift for his bride. The bride's parents are also responsible for sending out engagement announcements and paying for them. Today, couples often collaborate with both sets of parents to share the financial burden of the wedding. It is important to have honest conversations about who makes the final decision, no matter who pays the bill.
It is also becoming more common for couples to pay for their own weddings with their own savings. The groom's family is usually responsible for the boutonnieres and boutonnieres for immediate family members, accommodation of groomsmen (if offered to help pay) and sometimes the rehearsal dinner expenses. No matter who pays for what, it is important to remember that the bride's opinions, dreams and desires should be paramount in all decisions.