Thumbing through the 1963 edition of  The Good Housekeeping Home Encyclopaedia 1963, sandwiched between advice and guidance on waxed furniture and weevils I came across the following:

Bride’s parents: Trousseau; linen; press announcements; reception and wedding cake; flower decorations in church and reception hall; photographs; cars for bride, self and guests.

Bridegroom: New house and furnishings; wedding ring; licence; church fees (clergyman, choir, verger, organist and so on); bride’s bouquet and buttonholes for self, best man and ushers; also any other flowers worn or carried by near relatives at ceremony; cars for self and best man; presents for bridesmaids.

 Bridesmaids: Normally pay for own dresses and accessories, but these may be a present from the bride’s parents.

 How times have changed!

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