The Knotty Issue of Wedding Costs

How to handle who pays for your adult child’s nuptials

We’ve all encountered the bridezilla who drives everyone crazy with her dictums for a dream wedding. But what about moms and dads who demand that the affair be done their way? Some parents argue that their contribution to wedding costs gives them a major role in the planning.

But engaged couples may push back, aware that the traditional rules of who pays for what are outdated. Meanwhile, wedding expenses have skyrocketed: What used to be a ceremony and reception has spiraled in many cases into a weekend extravaganza with a welcome cocktail party, rehearsal dinner, reception after-party and farewell brunch.

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