One of the biggest challenges of planning a wedding is figuring out your budget. Before you can even begin to delve into how much you can spend on the big day, a crucial first step is to determine who is contributing funds. But who should pay for the wedding? The short answer: it depends. Some couples pay for the wedding entirely on their own while others have full or partial financial support from their families (and, in some cases, friends or guests).
Etiquette surrounding who pays for a wedding has outgrown the traditional rule that state the bride’s family covers the wedding while the groom’s family covers the rehearsal and honeymoon. Like most aspects of the modern wedding, it’s up to you decide if you would like to pay for your wedding on your own or request the help of others. If you opt to ask for assistance covering the costs of your big day, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind: