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!
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.