For many couples, money is one of the most sensitive issues related to the wedding planning process. Money is a difficulty topic at the best of times, but throw in the pressure of planning the big day and things can become fairly fraught!
When it comes to the wedding budget, one of the most important questions to answer is who Is going to pay for what? Today we are going to explore a number of different scenarios when it comes to who foots the bill for the wedding!
History and Tradition
In many cultures, brides traditionally brought a “dowry” to the marriage, often a large amount of money, jewellery or livestock depending on what was valuable in the particular society and historical era. The bride’s family also tended to contribute a large amount of money to the actual wedding ceremony.
As time went on, it became more and more common for the groom’s family to provide the vast amount of the money for the wedding day celebrations. This set-up was particularly prevalent in most of the English speaking world, and indeed it is still somewhat popular even nowadays.
Split the Costs Between Parents
As the price of the typical wedding has steadily increased over the past couple of year, it has become commonplace for the bride and groom’s parents to split the bill between them in order to avoid one side of the family needing to shoulder the high costs associated with planning a modern wedding. One great way to make this work is to make a list of all of the different things that need to be paid for, ideally roughly in order of how much they are going to cost. At this point you can then split the list equally and assign different items to each set of parents. This should hopefully ensure that the costs are relatively balanced.
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Nowadays, it is increasingly common for couples to wait until they are relatively well established financially before getting married. For this reason it is now becoming very normal for couples to foot their entire wedding bill themselves, as the average age of brides and grooms increases it is looking likely that this will be the most popular option in the future.
So there you have it! Have you decided how are you going to pay for your big day? We’d love to hear from you and help in any way we can!