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Who Should Pay For a Wedding?

Your Two Cents: Who Should Pay the Wedding Bill?

Weddings should be about the love between a couple and the joining of families, but the issue of who pays the usually pricey bill can be a source of contention. Tradition dictates it's the bride's family's responsibility to take on most of the expense, but modern relationships and weddings are often anything but traditional. Especially when you consider the fact that many modern-day couples tie the knot at an older age and have been independent of their parents for many years. What's your take? If you're married, share how you covered expenses in comments!

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Kellanawida Kellanawida 7 years
If my boyfriend and I got married, we'd be paying for it ourselves. One of our families has a lot more money than the other, so if we couldn't afford it, we wouldn't do it. Their attendance at the wedding would be enough of a contribution for us.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I kinda think it's weird to get married unless you are able to support yourselves. So I think the couple should at least be able to pay for the wedding, if the parents want to pitch in or pay the whole thing that's great, though. We are prepared to pay ourselves but know our parents will probably make generous wedding gifts.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I agree with skigurl, it all depends on what the couple's circumstances are. I will say that whomever pays for the wedding should be able to realistically afford. No one-parents or couple-should go deep into debt to pay for a wedding. (I say deep into debt because I think it's understandable if you put a few expenses on credit cards and pay them off within a few months; I just don't think you or your parents should be paying for the wedding for years after it occurs!)
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i think it will be mostly us, with a little from each family....i don't know if there's a "should", because it all depends on the circumstance, age etc.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
I think couples are waiting longer and so are of age to pay for the wedding. However, I know many a daddy (and mommy) who have been looking forward to pitching in--in which case, I'd gratefully accept.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
in indian culture, we have a huge wedding and the next day theres a huge reception. usually the bride pays for the wedding and the hubbys fam pays for the reception. and at least in my case, it was a showdown on who threw the better party lol. both parties served dinner etc.
nemosine nemosine 7 years
I hate that tradition dictates that the bride's family has to fork up the cash to pay for the event. Realistically, if it's a choice between two people to get married, it should be their money to fund the event. If they need help, then ask the rest of the family.
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