Organising your Wedding in Sydney
Here is a more traditional breakdown of wedding expenses.
It’s extremely rare and impractical nowadays to adhere strictly to these:
The bride ad bride’s family traditionally pay for:
gifts for the bridesmaids, accommodation for the bridesmaids, the engagement notice and any other press announcements, the engagement party, reception costs, including the venue, food, entertainment party, reception costs, including the venue, food, entertainment and flowers, groom’s wedding ring, ceremony and reception hire, wedding stationary (invitations, place cards), photography, wedding dress and accessories,guest book for the reception, stationary for the thank you notes, outfits for the bridesmaids, and a wedding gift for the groom.
The groom and groom’s family traditionally pay for:
the rehearsal dinner, traveling expenses, drinks at the reception, purchase/hire of clothing (tuxedo, suit etc), bride’s bouquet, flowers for the
bridesmaids, bride’s engagement and wedding ring, legal paperwork (Marriage Certificate etc), wedding gift for the bride, wedding outfit, celebrant’s fee and the honeymoon.
The maid of honour and bridesmaids traditionally pay for:
a gift for the bride and grooms, contribution to the cost of the bridal shower.
The best man and the ushers traditionally pay for:
gift for the bride and the groom, own attire, a contribution to the cost of the buck’s night.
Paying for the wedding can become complicated when there are the maters of expenses for the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Groomsmen will always expect to pay their own way, and for most cases, so too will the bridesmaids. However you can always make your own arrangements if you are able to or feel you should make some contributions.
For example, you could offer to pay half of the cost the bridesmaid’s dresses or for the manicures.
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