Who pays for a wedding? It's still mostly the parents of the bride
May 21, 2017 7:20 AM - Parents of daughters, beware: The age-old tradition of the brides' parents funding the wedding is still very much alive. According to the 2017 Newlywed Report -- the largest survey of 2016 weddings, conducted by WeddingWire -- parents of both the bride and groom paid for 67 percent of the total wedding cost; of that number, parents of the bride paid 43 percent, while parents of the groom paid only 24 percent. Generally, the couple themselves picked up the rest of the tab.