As a photographer, I have seen many trends come and go over the years. Sometimes, photographers can forget that you, our clients, are brand new to this industry. Sure, you might have had an older sibling or best friend get married, but you are new to being a bride and the wedding industry as a whole. Because we forget this, sometimes we are tempted to stray away from what works and take trendy risks instead. Those risks are the primary reason for this article.

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Regardless of size and location, ALL weddings and their preparations carry a given cost, but who is responsible for paying that cost?

The trend is for more and more brides and grooms to take financial responsibility for their own weddings. Even so, the answer to that question is oftentimes a compromise between your background and his. Family traditions, cultures, and personal desires have a large impact on who might be responsible for paying what. The age and level of independence of the bride and groom also influence the responsibility for different aspects of the wedding. Still another factor to consider is that where parents may help with first marriages, subsequent marriages are more likely to be funded only by the bride and groom.

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