Growing up it was my understanding that the total wedding expenses were to be paid by the bride’s family. That made it simple; bill everything to the father of the bride. Then I learned that while the wedding was paid for by the bride’s family, the groom’s family traditionally paid for the rehearsal dinner. Still, that is rather simple; everything connected with the wedding rehearsal is billed to the father of the groom, everything else is billed to the father of the bride.
Then I became a florist and who paid for what at the wedding was drastically changed. Wedding flowers are split between being the financial responsibility of the bride and groom depending on what the flowers are for.
To help you understand who pays for what when it comes to the wedding flowers, Delaware Floral Design has posted on their website a simple billing form for wedding flowers showing who pays for what in wedding flowers. This billing form will also help you think of other ways in which flowers can be used to enhance your wedding. The billing form can be downloaded in PDF format from http://www.delawarefloraldesign.org/Wedding-tips.html
In general, flowers that are used as decorations for the ceremony and reception are at the expense of the bride’s family. However, a wedding is full of bouquets. corsages, and boutonnieres which are presented to the wearer as gifts from the bride and groom and depending on who is receiving the gift determines who is responsible for paying for the gift.
Obviously the boutonniere for the groom is a gift from the bride and paid for by her and the bridal bouquet, as well as the tossing bouquet, is a gift to the bride from the groom and would be paid for by him. Likewise the attendant’s flowers would be an expense for the bride and the groomsmen’s flowers would be an expense for the groom.
The flowers for all of the fathers and grandfathers of the bride and groom are paid for by the groom, as well as the flowers for the mothers of both the bride and groom. The bride however pays for the flowers for all of the grandmothers.
The flowers for those others who are part of the wedding, such as the organist, pianist, vocalist, guest book attendant, cake table attendant, etc. depend on who’s friend the person happens to be as to who is responsible to pay. The bride pays for the flowers for her friends and the groom pays for his.
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