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Average Cost of Being a Bridesmaid

I'm Asking: What's Your Total Bridesmaid Bill?

Couples may spend an average of $10,000 to $20,000 to party down on their big day, but guests can build up a big bill too — especially if they're in the wedding. When I saw 27 Dresses, I calculated the total price of her bridal closet. That's at least $5,500 worth of dresses. Especially considering they were all custom (or do I mean costumes).

Most SavvySugar readers didn't spend a penny on weddings in 2009, but I know most of you have been in weddings before. So, I want to know: Can you estimate how much you have spent (in total) on bridal party expenses?

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snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
depends. last wedding i was in...$120 for the dress, $90 for shoes, $24 for necklace, $60 for mani/pedi, $75 for wedding gift, $50 for shower gift, $30 for bachelorette party, $100 for new top/shoes to wear to the bachelorette party, plus drinks at the wedding and bachelorette party, plus gas (probably 3 tanks in all). probably close to $800 total, but most of that stuff i wold have bought anyway!
sioux5ita sioux5ita 7 years
$200-$500 depending on the bride. That doesn't include gifts for the bridal shower and wedding. I told myself that I will only be in 2 more weddings(for two of my closest college gfs) and that will be it!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i was in a destination wedding, so my trip was $1500 but if you don't count that...then $90 for the dress, $25 for the shoes, $100 for a gift, $60 for the bachelorette...i don't know, i have added up $275 but i'm sure with incidentals it was more than that -- but i consider it this way, i would buy a dress anyway, i would have gotten my nails done anyway, i would have gotten waxed anyway, i would have given her a present anyway, i would have probably gone to the bachelorette really being in the actual wedding didnt cost me a whole lot (AND we got so lucky because we got cheap beachy dresses and i got sandals online on sale because it was winter)
runningesq runningesq 7 years
For my last wedding, I was the matron of honor... I spent $120 on the dress, $120 on the hair, $200 for the bachelorette, and $50 for the shower (my mom graciously offered to cook and let us use my parents house, so the BMs expenses were minimal). total: almost $500. No travel and I was pregnant at the wedding, so I DD'd and drove us home !
ladysonoma ladysonoma 7 years
$200 is my max If there is a problem, then I bow out. With all the people I know, getting married is expensive for me! lol..
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
It depends. For some weddings, I was the matron of honor. I threw and hosted the bridal shower, and partly threw and co-hosted the bachelorette party, in addition to paying for my wedding attire. Also, for some weddings, there were traveling expenses involved. I probably racked up thousands of dollars in expenses.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
Hmm. My dress was $200, the shoes were ~$40, makeup/hair for the day was like, $150. Mmm, tickets were ~$300. She bought tickets for my boyfriend as my MoH gift, but I bought him a suit and tie and fancy dress shirt since he doesn't work in an industry that ever requires that. All in all, I probably spent ~$1100. Closer to ~$2000 if you count the gift and the fact that I flew down for the bachelorette party and threw the bachelorette party and all that nonsense.
ewashi3 ewashi3 7 years
For my best friend's wedding: Dress = 225 Shoes = 40 I hosted a prenuptial event for her = 550 Bachelorette = 100 Wow...before reading this article, I never thought to tally the total ~ $915
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