Being a bridesmaid means big responsibility and often big cost too. It can be an awkward conversation with the bride, but make sure you know what’s required to be paid for and what they will be covering before saying yes. You don’t want to let the bride down close to the day, it’s better to know first up, so you can budget accordingly. Here are the items we think should be covered, and some that the bridal party may pay for.
One that is often covered by the bridesmaid, in the case that the bride is flexible with what will be worn. This could be a black dress, cocktail length, for example. This means that the maids can select something price suitable to them. In the case the bride is quite particular and is wanting all girls to be in the exact same dress, the exact same shoe, the cost should be covered by the bride.
The cost of a bridal shower should be covered by the hosts, whether that be the bridesmaids, or family, the cost falls onto the people who are organising the event.
This is one that is covered by the bridesmaids or organisers and/ or the guests attending. If the bridesmaids don’t want to be liable for the whole cost, they can calculate a price per attending guest to be paid to the organiser before the day. The cost per person should also include enough to cover the bride as well.
hair & makeup
This falls into a similar category as attire. If the bride requests that all of the girls need to have their hair & makeup done, this should be a cost covered by the bride. In the case they have an option, they can choose to pay for this service or opt to do it themselves.
wedding travel & accommodation
Bridesmaids should be covering their own travel and accommodation costs. In the case the bride has booked a room for everyone to stay in the night before the wedding, this cost should be covered by the bride. All other expenses related to travel, everyone is responsible for their own.
Bridesmaids do still have an expectation to purchase a gift for both the bridal shower & the wedding. Consider a budget you can afford to spend on each gift, and allocate accordingly. Keeping in mind if you have spent any cost contributing to the wedding already.
Happy Planning! x