Oct 22, 2017
If you are a couple planning on marrying or are parents of a son or daughter who is getting married you may be wondering, who pays for the wedding, if so keep reading this article.
Traditional wedding etiquette states that the bride’s parents would be responsible to cover all or a major part of the expenses with the groom’s parents and bridal party attendants also contributing in a minor way.
This way of paying goes back hundreds of years, where most daughters remained in the care of their wealthy parents until the day they were married. Upon getting married a dowry (usually large sums of money and or land) would be given to the groom’s family for her to be married into the family.
However, today circumstances are different most couples are already financially established, may have already started a family, been living away from home for many years or the parent’s financial situation may be such that they simply can’t afford to pay for some or all the wedding.
How to answer this question is to look at your own circumstances and that of your families.
Ideally you both would have already discussed the type of wedding that you both want and roughly estimated how much you will need to pay for it.
And with this figure in mind you may have already decided that the two of you are going to cover the costs of the wedding because you can.
However, if you are looking for help to pay for the wedding, you should each sit down and talk to your respective families to see if they are able to help and they can ask how much they are willing to give.
If you find that for whatever reason neither of you parents are unable to contribute you are going to have to get creative and find other ways to raise the money.
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