Who pays for what in a wedding

This is a list of traditionally accepted wedding roles

This is a list of traditionally accepted wedding roles, but you don’t have to strictly follow this rules, as often the Groom’s parents may take part of the expenses of the venue, reception and entertainment: (Note:Thanks to Berkshire magazine Starting Together who offers useful information like this one)

Bride’s parents

– Bride’s dress
– Cars (except for Groom and Best Man)
Photography / Video
– Wedding stationery
– Flowers for church and reception
– Toastmaster
– Reception and cake


– Buys groom’s wedding ring and present


Bride and Groom

– Decide the date and type of wedding and book church/register office/venue.
– Compile a guest list


– Choose Best man and Ushers
– Makes speech at reception after Bride’s father
– Bride’s engagement and wedding ring
– Church/legal fees
– Choir, live music
– Flowers for the Bride and Bridesmaids
– Flowers for both mothers
– Buttonholes for his attendants and guests
– Gifts for the Bride, Bridesmaids, Best man and Ushers
– Honeymoon

Bride and Bride’s mother

– Organize reception arrangements
– Send invitations
– Arrange flowers at the church

Bride’s Father makes first speech at reception


– Chooses Bridesmaids and advises for her dresses
– Writes thank you letters for wedding presents

Best Man

– Arranges ‘stag’ night
– Organises the ushers
– Keeps the rings during ceremony
– Makes any announcement at reception, unless there is a Toastmaster
Makes speech after the Groom

Chief Bridesmaid

– Arranges ‘hen’ party
– Helps Bride dress and organizes Bridesmaids at the ceremony
– Holds the bride’s bouquet during ceremony


Whatever way you split the expenses, sit together to write down a budget, separating how much money you want to spend in every part. Keep unnecessary costs at bay, and always be flexible to accommodate costs, so you can fit as many ideas as possible without compromising the budget.