Are you wondering Who Pays For What in a Wedding? We made this list to help you visualize common costs and who should pay for them. This is not to say every wedding is this way or even SHOULD be this way. It’s simply to give you a rough idea of how many weddings go so you can understand and better prepare before you tie the knot. Enjoy!

Wedding Cost Percentages

If you take the total cost of the wedding, here’s how it is traditionally broken down:

  • Bride – 13%
  • Groom – 29%
  • Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids – 10.5%
  • Best Man and Groomsmen – 10.5%
  • Bride’s Family – 26%
  • Groom’s Family – 11%

Now, the ‘Who Should Pay For What in a Wedding List”

Please note, there is no ‘right way’ to do this. This is a guide that can help prepare you for your wedding. 🙂


  • Groom’s ring
  • Wedding gift for groom
  • Gifts for groomsmen
  • Bridesmaids gifts
  • Personal stationery


  • Brides engagement and wedding rings
  • Wedding gift for bride
  • Gifts for groomsmen
  • Marriage license
  • Officiant’s fee
  • Wedding wear
  • Honeymoon
  • Boutonnieres
  • Corsages for mothers and grandmothers
  • Bridal bouquet Transportation

Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids

  • Transportation
  • Gifts for the couple
  • Bridal shower
  • Their own attire

Best Man and Groomsmen

  • Transportation
  • Gifts for the couple
  • Bachelor party
  • Their own attire

Bride’s Family

  • Engagement party
  • Invitations
  • Wedding dress, veil, and accessories
  • Flowers
  • Their own attire
  • Reception
  • Vendors
  • Photography & videography
  • Gifts for the couple
  • Ceremony

Groom’s Family

  • The rehearsal dinner
  • Gifts for the couple
  • Alcohol at the reception
  • Their own attire


As you can tell there are a lot of costs when it comes to having a wedding. We recommend making a wedding budget. We hope you found this list helpful. Please email us if you have any questions. Have a great day!