We are both pretty traditional and so are our families. My husband is an only child and his parent’s are pretty well off so they paid for a lot of the wedding. I am the oldest and the first one to get married in my family so my parent’s also contributed a lot to give us the wedding of our dreams. We met in college and got married 3 months after we graudated. My parent’s said they had a $10,000 budget but they went over by a couple thousand. My in-laws never specified a budget and neither did we. Here’s how all of the costs were divided based on who volunteered for these things. I think it covers everything but I don’t have exact costs only estimates.
Bride’s parent’s paid for: 2/3 wedding dress, garter and bridal undergarments, bridal shoes, unity candle, reception venue, catering, limited bar, favor boxes, honeymoon resort, cake cutter, toasting champagne flutes, bridal shower, bridesmaids hotel room, seating chart, card box
Groom’s parent’s paid for: engagement party, Groomsmen suits, 1/3 wedding dress, wedding dress preservation and cleaning, rehearsal dinner, flowers, photography, cake, limo, groomsmen hotel rooms, bride & groom hotel room
Bride paid for: Bridesmen suits, Bridesmen gifts, Bridesmaids gifts, Parent’s gifts, Groom’s gift, wedding dress alterations, bridal hair, bridesmaid’s hair, flower girl’s hair, uplighting, projector screen, 1/2 videography, bubbles, candy, postage, DJ, personalized engagement photo guest book
Groom paid for: His own suit, Groomsmen gifts, Bride’s gift, bridal jewelry, ceremony venue, officiant, ceremony musician, cocktail hour sushi/champagne/edamame, ceremony programs, table cards, 1/2 videography, save the dates, invitations, personalized return address rubber stamp, honeymoon flight, honeymoon food, honeymoon activities, marriage license, wedding rings
Bridesmaids paid for: Their own dresses, bachelorette party
Groomsmen paid for: Their own flights, bachelor party