Everyone knows how expensive it can get being a bridesmaid. Of course, it all depends on the region, the type of wedding, what the bride wants, the financial state of all the bridesmaid, and etc. But I didn’t realize how much other bridesmaids were spending for each wedding they were part of since I didn’t pay nearly as much as what the polls were saying they were. I’ve been a bridesmaid 5 times. It is odd that a girl with less than 5 close friends ended up being a bridesmaid 5 times, but that has more to do with not being able to say “No”, especially to brides.
According to Wedding Republic, average cost for a bridesmaid is $1695.00. This includes travel cost, dress, gifts, jewelry, among other things. That’s crazy~!!! I’m sure a lot of these girls don’t have this kind of money sitting comfortably in their fun money account waiting to be spent. I sure didn’t and don’t still. Do they just use credit cards to pay for this kind of expense? In a same group, if some people have the money and some people don’t, how do they decide the budget or do they just go with what the bride wants?
In my experience, other than my best friend’s wedding, I spent $250.00-$400.00. For my BFF, I spent around $1500.00 since I gave her a lot more for her wedding present and a little more overall. So her figure is not counted in here. Here’s the break down.
-All the weddings were in town, so no travel cost there.
-No money spent for dress since all were either bought or rented by the bride.
-I spent $65.00 for hair in one wedding and the others were paid by the bride.
-I either did the make up myself or the bride paid for it.
-$50.00 for shower gift.
-$100.00 for wedding gift.
-$30-130.00 for bridal shower.
-No bachelorette party. We just hung out together which costed around $50.00.
-No money spent for jewelry since either the bride bought us as gifts or I wore what I had.
-No money spent for shoes since either the bride bought us as gifts or I wore what I had since at the time of each wedding, I had a pair of shoes that matched the dress. This was a good luck~^^
I was able to be a bridesmaid 5 times without having a massive credit card bill due to the fact that most of the brides paid for my hair, make up, dress and they were so concerned about the money that the bridesmaids had to pay, they were very accommodating and didn’t want anything elaborate. I was very lucky to have considerate brides. But just because we didn’t spend a lot of money, that doesn’t mean we didn’t have a great time. We made sure the brides felt special and loved and we made some great memories together. If you have the money for it, by all means, go for it. I’m just saying, in case you don’t have that much money for it, you don’t have to worry. You can still have a great time together. The tricky part is how to come to that consensus with your bride and other bridesmaids.
How much did you spend on being a bridemaid? A quick break down would be fun~^^