Wedding Etiquette–Who Should Pay For What?

When it comes to the wedding etiquette and budget, should Mums and Dads still pick up the big day bill or should we be paying for our day, our way? As part of our guide with Wedding Ideas, we look at the options facing couples when planning their wedding budget

According to, ?there?s been much speculation recently about who will pay for the royal wedding and ? indeed ? how posh it should be when the country is facing cutbacks. Luckily most couples don?t face the same scrutiny over their wedding plans, but who picks up the tab can cause disagreements ? or worse.? Today, the average cost of a wedding is around UGX. 30 million which is beyond the reach of most couples.

Locally, tradition says that the bride takes care of her dressing, saloon and her maids while the groom is left to cater for everything less. In the UK, ?a bride?s family pays for the reception (including the venue, food and drink) while the groom pays for the honeymoon, transport and the church or ceremony fees. However, these days, few couples play by such traditional wedding budget rules,? reads a quote via

Some go it alone completely and don?t get any help from their parents, others pay most of the costs themselves but are happy for parents and perhaps a few friends to chip in. According to Darphine McKenzie who walked down the aisle last year in November, a couple should be in position to foot at least