A wedding can be expensive and although the main burden
falls on the bride's family there are traditional rules about who pays for what. The
bride's family is responsible for the bride's trousseau and her going away clothes, the
reception, the flowers to decorate the church, hire of cars and taxis, wedding stationery,
newspaper announcements, the cake, and for sending off pieces of wedding cake afterwards..
The bridegroom pays the fees for the actual wedding, cost of the marriage
schedule, wedding rings, hire of suits for himself and his best man, flowers for the bride
and her attendants, and button holes for himself, best man and any ushers, traditionally
the car which will take him and his best man to the church, and the honeymoon. The
groom is also expected to give a present to each bridesmaid, the best man and ushers.
The cost of the bridesmaid's dress can be a problem.
The usual arrangement is that each bridesmaid pays for her own dress, but to avoid extra
expense the bridesmaid may choose a style which is useful afterwards.
In the unlikely event of any unforseen circumstances arising,
it may be prudent to cover the cost of your wedding arrangements with an Insurance
Company. For example, a deposit which is non-refundable is required when booking your
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