Who Pays For The Wedding?

The bride and/or her family members have traditionally assumed the majority of the wedding costs, but weddings have changed considerably over time. Consequently, the modern wedding planning approach allows for more of a division between the couple and/or both sets of parents.  The final decision of who pays for what usually depends on family preference, as well as the wedding budget for the big day.


The following check list includes some of the more traditional guidelines which you can adopt or modify to suit your unique wedding ceremony and reception. Although the list is flexible, it may assist in your planning and preparations for your wedding day.  In addition, there are other items which are more non-traditional you might want to add to your wedding experience.   For instance, an engagement party or photo booth may fun additions but are not a hard and fast rule.



Invitations, personal notes and mailing expense.

Reception costs.

Ceremony costs.

Photographic and videographic expense.

The groom’s wedding ring.


Attendants’ bouquets.

Transportation for the bridal party.

Wedding dress, headpiece and accessories.


Wedding planner’s fee.

Groom’s gift.

Guest Book.

Accommodations for out-of-town bride’s attendants and guests.


Groom’s wedding attire.

Rehearsal dinner.

Marriage license.

Bride’s rings.


Wedding gifts for the bride, best man, groomsmen and ushers.

Flowers for the bride’s bouquet, corsages for the mothers and grandmothers.

Alcohol at reception.

Accommodations for out-of-town groomsmen, ushers and guests.


Wedding gift for the bride and groom.

Bachelor party and/or bachelorette party.

Travel costs.

[Note: The wedding party usually pays for their attire. If not, the bride will assume the expense of her attendants and the groom pays for his.]

Although these guidelines can help you decide  who pays for what at the wedding, the real answer involves a discussion between the couple and their families.  As they say, traditions are made to be broken.  Above all, the celebration should reflect the happiness of two becoming one and the love they share.


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Do I really need a Wedding Coordinator?


Can I just plan my own wedding from beginning to end? Of course you can! But the real question is do you want to?

It takes a vast amount of time to truly plan a wedding, especially since it’s the one day of your life you’ve been dreaming about it since you were a child! There are logistics which you probably haven’t even thought about at this time.  However, these details are everyday tasks for someone with experience.

Many wedding venues now include a Day-of-Wedding Coordinator with their facility fee. Some venues also provide a Site Manager to manage staffing and vendor arrivals.  Both work as a team trouble shooting any complications which may come up.  This team helps everything run smoothly to reduce the stress of the wedding planning process.

Wedding Coordinator Responsibilities

Your Wedding Coordinator will provide a detailed timeline for your ceremony and reception.  She will use this timeline to keep everyone on track from start to finish. If a day-of-coordinator is not included with your venue, many brides consider hiring a wedding planner.  An experienced planner is well worth the investment just to help assure the couple’s day is as stress free as possible. The Wedding Coordinator will be your ‘best friend’ at the end of the day, and your go-to person for nearly everything!


Questions you have to ask yourself are:


  • Do I want to be responsible for thinking about the time to make a toast, cut the cake or have special dances?
  • Do you have the time to make arrangements for lodging, a departure vehicle, catering – tastings and arranging a menu?
  • Or, do you want to relax and enjoy this special time in your life?

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Wedding Coordinators are a MUST!

Most brides, even those who still want control of their day, opt for the coordinator when their budget allows. This is especially true if you are planning a destination wedding and need recommendations and assistance with florists and caterers. Wedding Coordinators are often experts on all types of weddings to help you turn your dream into a reality.

This is your day to shine.  A Wedding Coordinator should be your right hand person to handle all details to pull it all together from start to finish.  She can even help plan your rehearsal dinner. This allows you to take the time to just simply be the bride, not the planner.


Clients recognize Old Glory Ranch as a full service venue from the time they tour until they leave for their honeymoon. The Old Glory Site Manager often assists in event planning from the beginning.  She works with your day of coordinator to form a tag team to assist you with your big day.

Old Glory Ranch has received accolades from previous clients and been awarded by their peers in the industry. Old Glory prides themselves in quality service and treating their clients with utmost respect. The couples are Old Glory Ranch’s top priority.  OGR shows this by helping as “much” or “as little” as the client desires.



Wedding Venue Questions

What what wedding venue questions do you have?

It isn’t easy choosing a wedding venue. After all, the ‘place’ is the first thing your guests see as they arrive on your big day. You also want this place to be a perfect reflection of you and your ‘soon to be’.

Location, cost, guest list and ambiance are huge factors to consider for your special event. However, they aren’t the only things to examine as you muddle through your many options. There is a long list of important questions to ask your wedding venue.

First and foremost visit the venue personally so you can actually visualize how your wedding will look . When you make that trek,  be sure to arm yourself with an extensive list of pertinent questions .

Venue Questions

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Does the venue have indoor and outdoor locations for your ceremony and/or reception?

What guest count can the venue accommodate?

Is my preferred date available or dates close to it?

Will you hold a date for me and under what conditions?

Who will be my point person for wedding planning?

Where will cocktail hour be held?

Can the venue accommodate a DJ or band?

How large is the dance floor and are there any noise restrictions?

How many events do they handle at one time?

Does the venue have a plan for inclement weather on your wedding day?

Do you have a sound system and/or microphone for toasts?

Is onsite parking available and is there additional cost?

Do you have a recycling policy?

Can we hold our rehearsal dinner at your venue?

Facility or Rental Fee Questions

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What wedding packages do you offer?

Is the venue full service or “Do It Yourself”, i.e. are you responsible for the setup and break down or does the venue staff take care of it for you?

Are tables, linens, chairs, plates, silverware, and glassware provided, or will we have to rent them from an outside rental company or get them through our caterer?

Is the Wedding Coordinator/staff/florist included?

Do they have a list of approved vendors or may you bring your own?

How long do you get the facility for your wedding ceremony and reception?

Are additional hours available, and if so, what is the fee?

Does the facility fee include any personal meetings?

Do they require wedding insurance or provide liability insurance?

What security services are provided?

Does facility fee include rehearsal?

Food and Beverage

Do you have an in-house caterer or a list of “preferred” caterers?

May we use a caterer who is not on the preferred list?

Can we provide our own alcoholic beverages?

Is there a cake cutting fee?


Do you provide an estimate of venue costs prior to signing a contract?

What deposit is required with a signed contract?

How are payments handled?

The better you communicate with the venue, the better they will understand exactly how to make your dream wedding come true. Bring your notepad or ask for handouts during your visit to document all of the venue’s answers to your questions. It is also a great idea to take pictures. While you are here, you should also explore Wimberley.