Why Do The Bride's Family Pay For The Wedding?

27 September 2016, 15:20

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Why do the bride's family traditionally pay for the wedding?

Mystery Hour Question

Why do the bride's family traditionally pay for the wedding?

Nick, Slough

Answer:

Name: James O'Brien

It's linked to the dowry. Traditionally a husband's family would take responsibility for a woman after they were married, assuming responsibility for costs such as food, clothing and housing. Payment for the wedding would be covered by the bride's family as part of the dowry to cover these costs. However, few people still subscribe to this notion and costs are either borne by the couple of shared between the parents.

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