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A guideline on who pays for what

Courtesy of Amelia Bride’s


The Brides Father Pays For…

  • Invitation Cards – the bride and the bride’s mother address and mail the cards.
  • The venue.
  • All catering excluding the beverages.
  • Wedding cake.
  • Any additional staff employed at the reception, i.e. barman and waiters.
  • Photographer and Videographer.
  • Flower arrangements for the church and the reception.
  • The bride’s outfit; dress, shoes, tiara, etc.
  • In some circumstance accommodation for the Bride’s Attendants.
  • Fees to traffic officers if needed.

┬áThe Bride Pays For….

  • A gift to the bridegroom.
  • The bridegroom’s wedding ring.
  • Gifts to people who assist in the organizing.
  • Her own medical checkup and blood tests.

┬áThe Bridegroom Pays For….

  • The bride’s bouquet and bouquets for the bride’s attendants.
  • Corsages for the bride and groom’s respective mother’s, and buttonholes for the bridegroom, bestman and the two fathers.
  • The church (the minister, the organist and the hiring of the church).
  • Gloves and ties for the men.
  • Hiring of wedding car.
  • His own wedding outfit.
  • Gifts for the Bride’s Attendants (the bride chooses).
  • Engagement and wedding rings for the bride.
  • Honeymoon (cost can be divided with bride if so agreed).
  • Gift for the bride (according to tradition it is usually a delicate piece of jewelry, i.e. A gold watch or gold chain).
  • The bridegroom has to send a telegram to the parents of the bride a day after the wedding.

The Bridegroom’s Parents Pay For…

  • Beverages at the reception.
  • Own accommodation if needed.
  • A celebratory meal before the wedding.