Here’s How Much it Costs to Be A Bridesmaid…

Have you actually ever done the math?  Adding up each and every dollar you spent to be there for your friend?  Of course, she would do the same for you, but still – have you?  In the article below from The Coveteur, the author found that that total could cost anywhere from $500-$5,000!

Bridesmaid expenses

Having been a bridesmaid three times prior to being a bride, I already knew all about the money involved.  I tried so hard to ease the wallet pain that I knew was ahead of us on the journey to wedding day.  I even found dresses at David’s Bridal on clearance for $39.99!  That’s a killer price.  The bridesmaids could use their choice of shoes and jewelry, and I paid down what I could on the balance of their hair and makeup day-of costs… that one was a surprise to them.  But, all in all, I’d say that the Bachelorette party cost the most of the Woerner bridesmaid experience. Ok, I’ve been to Las Vegas two times for bachelorette parties, and they were so much fun – but now we’re all kind of into a more ‘adulting’ phase of life, and a trip like that just wasn’t in the cards for us.  I really wanted to have a bachelorette party that wasn’t too outrageous so that more of my friends could attend.  While the road to our bachelorette trip was a little rocky at first, I was thrilled to have everyone with me for a weekend at Put-in-Bay Island, Ohio. And we really had the perfect weather.  It still cost some dough, but far less than air travel and Las Vegas prices!

So, in general, are brides mindful of the costs for their wedding parties nowadays?  Sometimes I think they are – and then I’ll hear a story about a bride requiring the bridesmaids to purchase a $300 dress, or groomsmen that have to rent a $250 tux.  So I’m not sure where we are with this.

I asked Theresa Bailey of BridesmaidsConfession.com what her thoughts were on this topic. She has spoken to many bridesmaids about their experiences, and said, “I think brides are more mindful of the entire bridesmaid experience in every way. Most brides are looking out for the bridesmaids when it comes to the cost of the dress, as well as the comfort of the dress. We’re seeing that mismatched dresses are a big trend because not only is it beautiful, it allows the bridesmaid to pick a dress that flatters them and fits within their budget.” In regards to dress costs, this is very encouraging!  Theresa went on to add that “Another trend that leads me to say that the bride is looking out for her girls is the “will you be my bridesmaid?” proposals and boxes. This is a clear sign that the bride is wanting the bridesmaid to enjoy the experience just as much as she is throughout.”  Good news for bridesmaids.

I’ve been a bridesmaid three times, and sure it was expensive, but I wouldn’t have traded that experience for my money back.  Check out the article linked below to see exactly what The Coveteur found were average expenses during each phase of the wedding planning journey leading up to the big day.

How many times have you been a bridesmaid?  Did you ever feel like you spent too much to be a ‘maid?

 

Being a bridesmaid can start to add up and most of the women I talked to were more than happy to spend the money for their friend—for some it was a little, for more it was a lot. Herein, I break down my findings.

Source: How Much it Costs to be a Bridesmaid

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11 Comments

  1. I’ve been a bridesmaid once and maid of honor once. It’s wasn’t too expensive, but there are definitely costs to think about. I think it’s really nice when the bride can do their best to not make things cost a bunch.

  2. June 9, 2016
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    I was a maid of honor for my best friends wedding last year. It was a destination wedding in Colorado, so the cost was approximately $2,000 for dress, shoes, accessories, hotel, rental car, etc. It definitely be a bit pricey.

    • Lisa
      June 9, 2016
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      Colorado is expensive! I used to live there and I go back just about each year. I don’t know if your wedding destination was in the mountains at a resort (I used to live in Vail), but that will multiply your expenses by 10!

  3. June 9, 2016
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    Oooh, this is helpful! My wedding is next year and I am really trying to make sure my bridesmaids don’t have many costs as I mostly just appreciate them being there for me! I picked a ‘regular’ color (navy blue) for dresses, and said they can wear any navy blue dress they want, whether they own it already or want to borrow one to save money. Hopefully that helps them out, but I’ll have to find more ways to make sure they don’t need to overspend on the other bits.

    • Lisa
      June 9, 2016
      Reply

      OOh I love a navy dress, so I’m sure it will turn out gorgeous!

  4. Nicole
    June 8, 2016
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    I’ve been a maid of honor once and it was not as costly as I will think! Maybe is also the taste of the bride I guess.

    • Lisa
      June 9, 2016
      Reply

      I think that the Bride’s budget and taste definitely come into play here. If the bride lives a more expensive lifestyle, then she likely expects more of her bridesmaids unfortunately.

  5. June 8, 2016
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    This is very interesting to me as I am about to get married! I am really trying to keep costs down for my bridesmaids – they can choose their own dresser, there’s no bridal shower, make-up & hair are optional…BUT they are all coming from abroad or out of town, so it’s still going to be very expensive unfortunately!

    • Lisa
      June 9, 2016
      Reply

      Sounds like you are looking out for them so that’s good. Good luck on your upcoming wedding! Let’s stay connected, and if you’re up for it – I’d love to feature your wedding on here! 🙂

  6. June 8, 2016
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    I have never been a bridesmaid, but when I started researching for my own wedding and noticed how much I may end up asking my own bridesmaids to spend I was really surprised. I did my best to minimize the expenses for them, but I feel like this is something that really is overlooked. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Lisa
      June 9, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks for visiting Katie!

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