(Closed) Canadians – What's the 'rule' with bridesmaid costs?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am having my bridesmaids pay for their own dresses, I’ve told them they can do their own hair and makeup as long as I approve it first LOL.

Shoes, they will also be paying for themselves.

Both weddings I’ve been I have been expected to pay for everything myself.

Post # 4
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I paid for half my BMs dresses, the kid’s outfits and probably will the hair and makeup.  I don’t think you can say that there is a rule because it varies.  If its convenient for you to say the rule is they pay for everything, make them pay for everything.

Yes, it is a cost to you to pay for them but otherwise its a cost for them to be part of your day – I feel awkward telling people what to buy, make them be part of your day and then having them pay for it.

Post # 5
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My bridesmaids are paying for everything themselves. I made sure veryone could afford the style we were looking at for dresses and everything before I chose what I wanted. I also was very leanient on style and dresses so its not like theyre going to buy the dress and never wear it again. Im also a bridesmaid for a wedding in 2014, Im expected to pay for everything myself. I mayyy suprise the girls with getting their hair done for the wedding but im not too sure, depends on finances at the time. 

Post # 6
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Norm where I’m from is bridemaids pay for everything. I made sure the dress was less than $150 (most are between $100-$120). For shoes, any pair of black heels will do as they all have them anyways. I am covering jewelery. Makeup and nails are DIY unless if they want pro. I am requesting that hair get done at the salon with me though. However, even though I haven’t asked for that much (in my opinion), I told them to be upfront with me if things were pricy as we would find a way to make it work. There are no travelling costs either. So I think all in all its fairly reasonable. Total cost for the day would be less than $200.

Post # 8
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My 2 girls bought their own dress and shoes, although they had free rein on that, I just wanted the same colour and material,  they ended up getting the same thing,  $200, they also got their own shoes $30,  I’m going to pay for the pedi’s, and I got them thier shawls…

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