Who Pays for What?

Honey, your parents should pay for that”, says the bride-to-be. “No, I’ve heard the bride’s family pays for that”, says the groom-to-be. Before this conversation end up in an argument – Stop! It is pretty confusing when you are trying to figure out who is going to pay for what. And in Sri Lanka, the two parties generally discuss and share the wedding expenses on a mutual understanding. But to avoid any misunderstandings and complications, it is good to know who actually has to pay for what. Here’s a guideline for you to go through and avoid a fight before the wedding.


 The Groom’s Expenses:

  • Bride’s engagement and wedding rings
  • His wedding attire
  • Marriage license
  • Officiates fee
  • Gifts for the bride, best man, groomsmen, ring bearer, and ushers

The Bride’s Expenses:

  • Invitations and postage
  • Her wedding attire
  • Her honeymoon lingerie
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  •  Gifts for the groom, maid of honor, bridesmaids, flower girls

Groom’s Family’s Expenses:

  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Accommodations for his out-of-town attendants
  • Reception alcohol
  • Bouquets for bride, maid of honor, bridesmaids, and corsages for mothers, grandmothers, and flower girls
  • Boutonnieres for groom, best man, groomsmen, fathers, grandfathers, ushers, and ring bearer
  • Honeymoon, including transportation

Bride’s Family’s Expenses:

  • Wedding consultant’s fee
  • Limousine, carriage, etc. to transport wedding party
  • Guest book and pen
  • Reception cost
  • Ceremony cost
  • Photography and Videography cost
  • Floral appointments and centerpieces
  • Accommodations for out-of-town attendants

 Maid of Honor’s & Bridesmaids’ Expenses:

  • Her wedding attire
  • Travel cost
  • Shower and wedding gift
  • Bridal shower

Best Man’s & Groomsmen’s Expenses:

  • His wedding attire
  • Wedding gift
  • Travel cost
  • Bachelor party


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