Though weddings and the concept of marriage have evolved drastically over time, one thing has stayed consistent through time: A wedding is probably the most expensive event of a person's life.
From vendors, to garments to guests to every little detail in between, budgeting for a wedding can perhaps be the most stressful part of wedding planning in general.
And though what a 'traditional' wedding looked like decades ago is probably far from what the average wedding looks like today, new research by WeddingWire suggests that some traditions die hard — especially when it comes to who's paying for what.
The study found that the age-old mindset that the bride's family should pay for the majority of the wedding still holds true — it revealed that the bride's family is paying for nearly 43 percent of the wedding, almost double the amount that the groom's family is paying (around 24 percent).
This would explain why parents of the bride were also found to be two times as likely to cover the entire cost of the wedding, as opposed to parents of the groom — a hefty commitment to make when the average cost of a wedding these days is right around $28,000.
The study also found that often times, the happy couple isn't even asking mom or dad for a little financial help — just over 1/3 of parents take it upon themselves to intimate the conversation about wedding finances once they're engaged.
And this funding is something that's been planned for quite some time — nearly 1 in 4 parents save in advance specifically for their child's wedding.
So yes, while you were twirling away in dance class or struggling through college applications in high school, good old mom and dad were probably tucking some cash aside to give you the ceremony of your dreams sometime in your future.
Cue the waterworks!
So regardless of who's paying for what it's nice to know that the sentiment of love being alive and well is still ... well ... alive and well!
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