What Can You Expect the Groom’s Family to Pay For?

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When it comes to the finances of a wedding, things definitely tend to get tricky. Everyone’s financial situations are different, meaning there is really no one-size-fits-all when it comes to who pays for what at a wedding. However, there are traditions and customs that can act as a loose guide in this department of wedding planning. If you find yourself wondering what the groom’s family traditionally contributes to a wedding, we have you covered here.

Engagement Party

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While not every couple has an engagement party, it is traditional for the groom’s family to host and pay for one if desired. If this is the case, they would be in charge of the planning of this party with input from the couple as well as the bride’s family.

Rehearsal Dinner

Another pre-wedding event that is customary for the groom’s family to pay the tab for is the rehearsal dinner. This is another party that would be planned, in most part, by the family of the groom. The bride and groom should have input on the planning and the bride’s family should contribute to the guest list. The style, venue, theme, and size of this party is completely at the discretion of the planners, so it can be as luxe or as casual as desired.

Wedding Transportation

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Another way that a groom’s family may be expected to contribute financially in a traditional sense is for wedding day transportation. This means any limousines that the wedding party or family members are taking as well as transportation to get guests from one point to the next between the ceremony and reception.

Officiant Fees

Any fees associated with the marriage officiant as well as travel charges for him or her to attend the wedding are traditionally covered by the parents or family of the groom.

Boutonnières and Corsages

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This part of the flower cost is typically paid for by the groom’s parents, covering flowers for the family members. It is also quite common for the parents of the groom to chip in, if not pay for in its entirety, for the bride’s bouquet.

Marriage License

This is a long-held tradition and is also a great way for the groom’s parents to financially contribute in a smaller way. The cost of the marriage license is not very expensive, but is a nice gesture by the groom’s parents if they don’t feel comfortable contributing much monetarily to the wedding.

Reception Beverages

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It’s traditional for the family of the groom to chip in for the beverages at the wedding reception, usually going towards any bar package that may be purchased for the party.

Groom’s Attire

If the groom’s family is contributing financially to the wedding, they may decide to pick up the tab on the groom’s clothes for the wedding day. This could include a tux or suit rental, shoes, and any accessories he’ll wear.

Reception Entertainment

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Another facet of the reception that the family of the groom typically pays for is the band or DJ at the reception. However, the “entertainment” doesn’t necessarily have to be the DJ or a band. Instead, it could also be a photo booth or performer who attends the reception.

Wedding Night Accommodations

The accommodations for the bride and groom are typically paid for by the family of the groom. This may be a house rental or a hotel room, depending on the location and setting of the wedding and preferences of the couple.


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While it’s a long-standing tradition for the family of the groom to pay for the honeymoon of the newly married couple, this is certainly at the discretion of these family members. It’s a large financial commitment, so it’s not something that’s always followed—but it’s certainly a nice surprise for the newlyweds when it is!

Despite all these traditions, figuring out the money behind a wedding is definitely a lot to handle. It’s never safe to assume anything will be paid for by the groom’s family without having a discussion about it with them upfront.

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