Historically, the bride and/or her family have assumed the majority of the wedding related expense. The more modern approach allows for division of costs between the couple and/or both sets of parents. Following are some of the more traditional guidelines that you can adopt or modify to suit your particular needs. The itemization also provides a check list of matters that may require attention in your wedding preparations.
[Note: Usually, the attendants will pay for their attire. If not, the bride will assume the expense of her attendants and the groom for his.]
- Invitations, personal notes and mailing expense.
- Cost of the reception.
- Cost of the ceremony.
- Photographic and videographic expense.
- The groom’s wedding ring.
- Attendants’ bouquets.
- Transportation for the wedding party.
- Wedding dress, headpiece and accessories.
- Wedding consultant’s fee.
- Groom’s gift.
- Guest Book.
- Accommodations for out-of-town bride’s attendants and guests.
- Groom’s wedding attire.
- Rehearsal dinner.
- Marriage license.
- Bride’s rings.
- Wedding gifts for the bride, best man, groomsmen and ushers.
- Flowers for the bride’s bouquet, corsages for the mothers and grandmothers.
- Alcohol at reception.
- Accommodations for out-of-town groomsmen, ushers and guests.
- Wedding gift for the couple.
- Bachelor party and/or bacheloret party.
- Travel costs.