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How to split the wedding tab

Published 2:46 PM ET, Wed October 16, 2013
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Weddings: they're all Champagne toasts and rose petals a-plenty -- at least until the bills start rolling in. Eliminate any awkwardness or unexpected expenses up front by figuring out who is responsible for footing each part with some guidance from Martha Stewart Weddings. jupiterimages
Engagement Party -- Anyone can host, but usually it falls to the bride's family to pay. Martha Stewart Weddings
Engagement Announcement -- The bride's parents should pay for placement in local papers and papers in the groom's parents' distribution area if they live in a different region. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Planning expenses, bride's attire, floral arrangements, wedding day transportation, photo and video, officiant's travel and lodging, lodging for bridesmaids -- This usually falls to the bride's family. Martha Stewart Weddings
Flowers and gifts for bridal attendants, the groom's ring, and a present for him -- The bride. Martha Stewart Weddings
Wedding Reception -- Sorry, bride's family, but you're traditionally on the hook for this, too. Andreas Rentz/Getty
Corsages and boutonnieres for immediate members of both families, lodging of groom's attendants -- This one falls to the groom's family. Martha Stewart Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner -- The groom's family. Martha Stewart Weddings
Marriage license and officiant's fees, bride's bouquet and her engagement and wedding rings and a gift, gifts and boutonnieres for groom's attendants, honeymoon expenses -- Groom, that's all you. Jupiterimages
Alcohol and Flowers -- In some circles, the groom's family may pick up these expenses. Martha Stewart Weddings