What do the Bridal Party and Groomsmen pay for?

The bridal party and the groomsmen in the wedding play a large role in that they are to be the supporting cast of the future husband and wife.  These people are the ones you have chosen to stand beside you as you pledge your life and love to your partner.  With all of this being said it is a logical assumption to assume that these people must pay for something in the expensive wedding process, right?

Well you are party correct if you answered yes to the above posed question.  The bridal party and the groomsmen are obviously responsible for several of the party aspects of the wedding process.  The shower where you are your fiancé will receive many of your gifts is usually thrown by the bridal party.  This is where so many memories can be made.

Also, the bridal party and groomsmen are responsible for putting together the bachelorette and bachelor parties that are so important.  This is important to remember when picking your best man and maid of honor, make sure these people are people that you trust to not let you get out of hand.  The bridal party and groomsmen don’t foot a lot of the bill, but they do help cover some of the costs of the wedding.

What does the Groom’s Family Pay For?

The traditional idea and the often quoted lines are that the bride’s family basically foots the bill for the wedding of the bride and groom.  While this is true in many cases it is not entirely true when you consider the things that the groom’s family does step forward to pay for.  The list below is about a few things that the groom’s family is expected to pay for in the wonderful day.

  • The fees commanded by the clergy or officiate of your wedding are to be paid by the family of the groom.  This can be quite costly at times and can really be aided if the family of the groom is willing to step forward.
  • One of the most memorable times of the wedding process is the rehearsal dinner that follows the wedding rehearsal.  This is traditionally the evening before the wedding and is attended by all members of the wedding party and some other select family or friends.
  • The corsage that the bride will wear as well as the boutonnieres worn by the groomsmen are paid for by the groom’s family.  These can get quite pricey the bigger the wedding party gets, but it is nice when the family of the groom has the financial wherewithal to pay the bill.

What does the Bride’s Family Pay For?

The cost of a wedding is exponential and generally overwhelming for the bride and groom to think about in the time leading up to the wedding.  It is very hard to try to figure out how to put all the expenses together in the time you have available and pay for the day of your dreams.  This is why the family of the bride and groom step up to pay for many different aspects of the wedding process.

Here are a few things the bride’s family is expected to pay for:

  1. All fees related to the church or chapel where the ceremony takes place and where the reception is to be held.  This is a well-known tradition that will knock many a father of the bride silly.
  2. Invitations can be quite costly and have recently started to be paid for by many more bride and groom couples.  However, traditionally it is the bride’s family that pays for such things.
  3. The flowers that are put up in the church and at the reception are generally paid for by the family of the bride.  This is another that can go either way, but traditionally the bride’s family has been expected to step forward in this situation.

The Top Five Invitation Rules of Etiquette

There are a lot of established rules to follow when making and sending out wedding invitations that you may not know, but you better learn.  You can turn some traditional family and friends off by ignoring these rules and doing whatever you want.  Just remember that these same people are taking time out of their schedules and likely bringing you cash or a gift.

Here are five things you must always remember when making and sending wedding invitations:

  1. Always put return postage on your invitations for the RSVP.  Nothing is tackier than expecting people to pay to tell you that they are coming.
  2. The person officiating your wedding and their spouse get an invitation.  People often forget this, but these people are very important to the day.
  3. If you have people who have not responded to your RSVP by one week after the date requested, call them yourself.  Get the answer you need and move on!
  4. When the person you are sending the invitation to is over 18 or live outside the home they deserve their own invitation.  This is a matter of pride and respect.
  5. Always send invitations to family members that obviously know the date and time.  Many people like to have a keepsake of your special day.

Who Should be on Your Wedding Guest List?

The wedding ceremony and reception guest list is something that could cause a lot of stress for you and your partner if you aren’t prepared.  Any elegant ceremony will be even more impactful if the sanctuary that holds the reception is full of loving admirers of the bride and groom.  What is listed below is a few things to consider when you put together your wedding guest list.

  1. Perhaps the most important guests, or potential guests, to the wedding are those with a history with the bride or groom.  The ex-significant others will have a significant impact on the feel of the ceremony and reception and it is generally suggested to not send these individuals an invitation.
  2. When inviting elderly extended family it is important for you to consider their health before sending the invitation.  It may be unreasonable to expect some people to leave home and come to a wedding when they feel absolutely horrible.
  3. Extended family members invitations should be gauged by how the bride or groom, depending on the family being invited, feels about the particular person.  If you have no real relationship in a communication sense then it probably isn’t necessary for you to invite them as it will be added cost and convenience.

A Wedding Coordinator will keep you on schedule

Many people think that a wedding coordinator will simply be a waste of money as everything that needs to be planned for a wedding can be done without one.  While this is true, the point that most people miss is that a wedding coordinator will help you get from point A to point B with calm comfort.  A wedding coordinator will keep your wedding moving and work behind the scenes to make sure that you are able to do nothing but enjoy your finest night.

The first thing that will be helpful with scheduling from your wedding coordinator is the planning of how the actual wedding day will go from start to finish.  The wedding coordinator will be able to tell you exactly when to start getting ready, how to prepare for the evenings events and what to be expecting as the night goes on.  Your wedding coordinator will make it an enjoyable day that flows without any issues.

The best thing that a wedding coordinator will offer to you on the wedding day is the ability to take care of minor emergencies.  When people don’t know where to go or the ushers may be filing people in the wrong way your wedding coordinator will get everything back on track.  The best part of having a wedding coordinator is that they bring experience with them to your wedding day. They know how to advise you and your family. They have back up plans in case of the unexpected. They know great tips and have ideas that will guide you to have that one – of a kind day just for you. They are a great guide all along the wedding planning process. A wedding coordinator will help bring everything together for you wonderful wedding day.

What Does a Wedding Coordinator Do for Me?

Champagne Wishes EventsWedding coordinators can be another wedding expense that you think you can leave out  but they can also be the one thing that will make or break the biggest celebration in your lifetime.  The amount of time and money that goes in to having a beautiful and wonderful wedding makes it necessary to consider having a coordinator for anyone who is getting married.  Here are a few choices that are made easier by having a wedding coordinator.

  1. Venue- Your wedding coordinator can help you find the perfect place for your wedding to suit your hopes and dreams.  Beyond this, the coordinator will help you create a vision for the room that you decide to use for your ceremony.
  2. Vendors- It is a very intimidating and will feel like you are making a shaky decision to come up with the vendors involved in your dream wedding.  The choice of the right caterer, band or DJ can be very difficult unless you have the right wedding coordinator that knows the area vendors well.
  3. Color Scheme- Many people don’t have a theme in mind or they know the colors they want in their wedding but not how to make it all come together.  A good wedding coordinator will help you put all of your wishes into one nice and systematic wedding experience. They are your secret weapon for a successful wedding .

Wedding coordinators are not a must have for a wedding, but they can make the entire process infinitely easier and worth every penny.

Finding Something Blue For Your Wedding

Wearing “Something Blue” on your wedding is part of the tradition for your wedding day. The best part is that as a bride, you get to have a choice on what the Something Blue will be.

Here is a list of ideas:

  • Blue flowers in your bouquet, such as hydrangeas
  • Lingerie with touches of blue
  • Ice blue toenail polish
  • A dramatic blue-red lipstick
  • Tiny blue details, such as flowers or blue stones, scattered on a long veil
  • A delicate pale blue barrette
  • A beautiful blue Austrian crystal
  • Blue Parasol
  • Blue Satin Ribbon Attached to your slip
  • A blues band at your reception
  • A silk, midnight blue wedding gown (who says it has to be white?)
  • Blue Wedding Shoes (My personal favorite)
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