Wedding Finances

Wedding FAQ: Answers for Planning and Paying for Your Wedding

It is recommended that you begin planning your wedding at least a year in advance. Not all couples do this, but it is the best way if you want to make your wedding wonderful and almost perfect.

* How far in advance should I send out wedding announcements?

Usually, wedding announcements should be sent out eight weeks prior to the wedding date. In this way, you give your guests enough time to plan for your big day, and you also get a better idea of how many guests will attend.

* Who should pay for a wedding?

Since it is your wedding, talk with your fiancée about who should pay for what. These days the traditional rules about who pays for things have become more relaxed.

However, traditionally the groom or his family pays for:

  • The bride’s rings
  • The honeymoon
  • The marriage license
  • The groomsmen’s gifts
  • Accommodations for out-of-town groomsmen
  • The bride’s bouquet
  • Corsages for mothers and special ladies
  • Boutonnieres for men in the wedding party
  • Gloves, ties, and accessories for the men in the wedding party
  • Fee for clergyman or judge who performs the ceremony
  • Clothing for the men in the wedding party
  • The rehearsal dinner
  • The bride or her family pays for:
  • The costs of the reception
  • The bride’s wedding attire/trousseau
  • Invitations, announcements, thank you notes
  • The seating assignment chart, napkins, and mailing costs
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Ceremony costs, except for clergyman’s fee
  • Bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer flowers and accessories
  • Transportation for bridal party on wedding day from ceremony to reception
  • Gratuities for all services
  • The bridesmaids luncheon

* How can I keep my wedding costs down?

When it comes to paying for a wedding, some people really experience headaches over it. But you can avoid this if you follow some of these suggestions:

– Think of the most important features for your wedding.

– Get the services of a wedding coordinator and a registrar if they are able to lower the costs of your wedding even a little bit.

– Consider using a simple white car — maybe even a borrowed car — instead of a limousine on your wedding day.

– Shop around for the honeymoon.

– Look for cheaper but elegant restaurants for your reception.

– If you have a friend who knows how to take pictures and videos, assign him or her that job instead of hiring the services of professional ones.

– Shop wisely for the wedding rings.

– Decorate for your own wedding.