Traditionally, the groom's family has paid for expenses such as the marriage license, corsages, boutonnieres, the bride's bouquet, alcohol and the reception DJ or band. However, modern weddings are more flexible, so this list may not apply to all weddings.
Traditionally, the bride's family members have footed the bill for most of the wedding, and in some cases, they still do. However, the modern world finds more and more couples paying for their own weddings and only accepting small contributions from their families. Wedding experts with theknot.com recommend sitting down and reviewing the wedding budget together with each side's family to determine the best way to split the costs so that no one party is overly taxed by the event.