Post # 1
My bachelorette party is next weekend in NYC. One of my bridemaids informed me today that while she is still able to attend, she can longer spend the night because her hubby has to travel for business and will be leaving on Sunday. They have 3 kids so I completely understand and am happy that she’s still making the time to attend. However, she’s insisting on chipping in for the hotel room. My Maid/Matron of Honor told her not worry about it, but she feels bad for the late notice and wants to pay. Should she still contribute even though she’s not staying??
Post # 2
If she really wants to you can’t stop her, but I certainly wouldn’t request it and don’t think it’s at all necessary. Sounds like she wants to though… how much is it?
Post # 3
She sounds like a good friend to me! Would she be giving the money to you or your MOH? If she’d be paying you- and if I were in your shoes- I would absolutely not accept her money unless it was putting me out financially due to the last minute notice. I think the fact that she genuinely offered is the most important part, and I’d want to keep the friendship mutually thoughtful/supportive by turning down her money.
But if she’d be paying your Maid/Matron of Honor then just let your Maid/Matron of Honor decide for herself, especially if those two arent actually close with each other.
Post # 4
If she had previously committed to it and plans were made with the expectation that her contribution would affect the per-person rate, then it’s reasonable for her to pay.
That said, if the Maid/Matron of Honor wants to cover her share, she’s also welcome to do that.
It seems like a pretty pointless back-and-forth now; it’s been established that everyone is willing to be generous, so if the Bridesmaid or Best Man still wants to pay after her first offer was declined, that’s fine. If she takes the Maid/Matron of Honor up on her offer and decides not to pay, that’s also fine.
The only issue I would have here is if the Maid/Matron of Honor meant for the other BMs to pay more, and made the offer without consulting them. Generosity is great, but only generosity with your own money.
Post # 5
No. Leave this up to the host and her.
Post # 6
My Maid/Matron of Honor booked the hotel, so I’m not sure how much it is. My understanding is that the final cost p/p is dependent on the number of guests staying over and as far as I know, that number hasn’t been finalized.
Post # 7
I don’t know if she should or not, but I know if I were the Bridesmaid or Best Man and everything was booked already, I would insist on paying my share as well.
Post # 8
Thank you for your responses. My friend is concerned that the other bridesmaids will have to pay more since she dropped out and she wants to avoid that. The final cost per person hasn’t been determined because I have some other friends coming who may end up staying.
Post # 9
if nothings been finalized and you might have more friends coming, I don’t think it’s fair to have her pay still. Tell her to buy you a couple of drinks and a lap dance and call it even.
Post # 10
I think it is lovely that your Bridesmaid or Best Man offered to pay for her portion however I think given that numbers are not finalised, it would be fine to skip her share and reproportion the costs.
Post # 11
If she previously agreed to pay, I think Bridesmaid or Best Man should still have to. Her plans changed but she still made a commitment and I don’t believe it’s right for Maid/Matron of Honor to be on the hook. However, if she had never committed to paying then it’s different. But really you as the guest of honor should not be involved in this.
Post # 12
Your friend gave plenty of notice. No one had any idea at this point of the final costs or who was coming. IMO Maid/Matron of Honor should not accept your friend’s generous offer.