Being asked to be a bridesmaid is more than just looking pretty and walking down the aisle. There are a few responsibilities and expense that come with the job. So before asking your best girlfriends to be bridesmaids, make sure it suits everyone’s budget. There is a lot of uncertainty about what bridesmaids should make monetary provision for and what should be the bride’s expense, so to help you along, here is everything bridesmaids should pay for.
Travel & Accommodation
Whether you have a destination wedding or something local, traditionally the way a bridesmaid gets to the wedding destination and where they stay is on them. For destination weddings, the bride might split the travel and accommodation costs. Make it easy for your bridesmaids to join you during this special time by organizing discounted day trips, reserving hotel room blocks and finding cheap flights.
Keep in mind that the accommodation cost for the night before the wedding falls solely you as the bride. This is because most brides choose to share a hotel suite or villa with all her favorite girls on the eve of her wedding. Additionally, transport on the day of marriage is also the responsibility of the bride – this includes to and from the hotel, ceremony, and reception.
Dresses, shoes, and accessories are the responsibility of each bridesmaid. Yes, you will have a say in what each of the bridesmaids’ attire and how they wear it, but the dress, shoes, and accessories is something they can keep after the big day. Most brides will gift the bridesmaids with jewelry to wear on her big day so that will take care of accessories.
Remember that bouquets, corsages and other floral accessories like flower crowns are an expense of the bride. When it comes to hair and makeup, it becomes a bit trickier as not everyone can afford to get their hair and makeup done professionally. If this is the case, you should pay.
Bridal Shower Party & Gift
One of the main expenses of the bridal party is the bridal shower. Usually, the family of the bride and groom will help foot the bill for this one if they are co-hosting, or they will contribute by supplying a venue, food, and drinks. When it comes to a bridal shower gift, it is not required as the bridesmaids are already hosting the party. But if a gift is expected, bridesmaids are encouraged to pool their money and get one gift from all of them.
The rule of thumb when it comes to a bachelorette party is that all guests who are attending (including bridesmaids) the event pitch in to cover the bride’s and their expenses. The bridesmaid is however responsible for all décor, activities, food, and drinks at the pre-party.
With all that the bridesmaids to do for the bride and pay for out of their own pocket, no offense should be taken if the newlyweds don’t receive a gift from the bridal party. As the bridal shower gift, a good idea is to get one nicer gift that all of the bridesmaids contribute to.
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