(Closed) Bridal Party Costs in a DW

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: For your DW, what did you have/what will you make your bridal party pay for on their own?
    Travel (flights) : (16 votes)
    21 %
    Accomodations : (20 votes)
    26 %
    Attire : (15 votes)
    19 %
    Shoes/Accessories : (11 votes)
    14 %
    Hair : (9 votes)
    12 %
    Make Up : (6 votes)
    8 %
    Other (please explain) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I made them pay for everything.

    Got cut off – I chose cheaper dresses and they didn’t HAVE to get hair/makeup done.

    Post # 4
    160 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I paid for hair and make up and offered to help anyone buy a dress and shoes. I only had to help one maid buy her dress.

    Post # 5
    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    They are paying for it all, but I didn’t specify shoes or accessories and hair and makeup are optional.

    Post # 6
    7295 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    they paid for it all, however the only mandatory thing was the dress. and i strongly advised flat shoes for the beach. but if they really didnt want to get new shoes, they had the option to go barefoot.  also, hair and makeup was optional, i wish i could have paid for it, but just had absolitely no extra money   🙁

    it was also their choice to come at all or even accept to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man. 2 of my BMs didnt come.

    Post # 7
    7295 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    oh, i did buy jewelry for them to wear (necklace, earring and bracelet sets).

    Post # 9
    1577 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m covering flights & makeup for my bridesmaids… they’re covering their own hotel, dress, shoes, accessories, hair.  I’ll probably buy jewelry if I can find anything I really like, otherwise, I’ll just tell them to wear something they already own that matches.  If I end up with any extra money I may throw in a hair stylist, but it’s not looking likely right now.. LoL.

    Post # 10
    39 posts

    @suhseal: I’m paying for hair and make up for my girls as well as their flights, but that will be their gift for being in the wedding and I factored it into our budget [which we hope to keep under $15,000].  I am looking for group rates so that accomodations are affordable for them and obviously, they pay for their dress.

    Post # 11
    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My bridesmaids will pay their own travele expenses, pay for their dresses (though I tried to keep cost in mind and chose David’s Bridal dresses), their shoes (my only input is color), they can wear whatever jewelry they’d like so they don’t necessarily have to buy new.

    I’m sort of paying for part of the accomodations – we’ve reserved the penthouse for me and the girls to stay in Friday and for Fiance and I to stay in Saturday after the wedding, so that covers accomodations for one night except for my married Maid/Matron of Honor whose husband will have to stay somewhere anyways! I’m also paying for hair and makeup for everyone.

    I’m trying to do what I can to keep their costs down because I’ve been in so many weddings myself!

    Post # 12
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My bridesmaids are paying for everything (travel expenses, dress, etc) themselves, though I made it very clear that I understood if they couldn’t make it due to the expense, and nothing was mandatory except for the dress.  I do think asking someone to be a bridesmaid puts more pressure on them to attend the wedding, but I think the bride also understands that not everyone can swing it financially and has to be ok with that.  While I would love to be able to help them financially, it’s just not possible for me.


    Post # 13
    3281 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I am paying for their dress but other than that they are paying for flight and hotel

    Post # 14
    664 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    My girls are paying for everything themselves. However, I’m not picking out a dress for them to wear. I have 7 bridesmaid dresses in my closet that I paid a significant amount of money for, and I will never touch any of them again. Sooooo, I’ve just asked them to wear a solid black dress they like. That way they can get something they like, that they can wear again, and that flatters their body styles. They can go as cheap or as expensive as they want with the dress.

    Oh, and my FH and I are going to provide several meals for them while they are here (I live in Haiti, so my family and friends are coming here for the wedding).

    Post # 15
    686 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    They paid for everything themselves….BUT their dresses were not expensive and I let them choose everthing else (shoes, jewelry, whether or not they wanted to get their hair done, etc)


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