Wedding Ideas: Budgets
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Although these days couples tend to split the wedding bill evenly (or head to the bank of mum and dad), there are traditional rules when it comes to who pays for what. There's a lot of conflicting information online when it comes to these categories, but we're in agreement with etiquette experts Debrett's when it comes to our list - and as they've been the go-to source for etiquette since 1769, we think you're in pretty safe hands! Here's what the groom would traditionally pay for...
One of the most important things to address early on in wedding planning is your wedding finance - as of 2017, the national average wedding spend was quoted as being around £27,000. However, we found that our budget-savvy brides spent a lot less than this, with an average spend of £16,500. As most couples don't have this kind of money lying around, it's crucial to address up front how you intend to finance your wedding. Whether it's with savings, a loan, or help from parents, getting your wedding finance sorted early will save you hassle in the long run, and prevent you starting married life in debt.
Traditionally the cost of the wedding was split between the bride's parents and the groom. As women have become more independent and financially secure, the current trend is for the bride and groom to pay for as much as they can, with help from both families as and when appropriate. This can vary greatly as to each person's financial status and the requirements of the wedding itself, but if you're interested in what traditional wedding etiquette dictates, this is what each person would traditionally pay for...
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