New research suggest parents are still paying for the majority of their child's wedding

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.

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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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What you should never, ever, ever do at a wedding
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What you should never, ever, ever do at a wedding

Forget to RSVP

If you are invited to a wedding and plan to attend, RSVP—and do so early! This way, the couple will know to expect you and will have a seat waiting.


Show Up Late

That time on the invitation? That’s when the bride is going to walk down the aisle. Make sure you get to the ceremony at least 15 minutes before the time stated. You’ll be able to get a great seat, have time to read over the program, and be ready when the music starts!


Don’t Show Up at All

If you told the couple you’ll be there, you'd better be there! If something changes at the last minute, do your best to give the couple advance notice so they can inform their planner or coordinator and venue manager. That way, your table for 10 won't have two empty seats because you and your date didn’t make it (and hopefully the bride and groom aren’t stuck paying for your dinner).


Wear White

Self-explanatory. Unless the invitation specifically states that everyone should wear white, wedding guests should choose another color. Same goes for cream, ivory, and teeny floral patterns with a mostly white base. If it could be a wedding/rehearsal dinner/bridal shower dress, skip it!


Disrespect the Staff

Be polite to anyone working that evening, from the wedding planner all the way down to the busboy. You are a reflection on the couple, so make them look good by being nice!


Get Trashed

Sure, have a few drinks and enjoy yourself. But know your limit and avoid getting totally wasted. Any sort of drunken breakdown is best left to your own Saturday night, so don’t let it happen in the middle of your friend’s big day.



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