Post # 32
I was in a wedding last month, this should be interesting because I haven’t added the costs:
$140 – dress
$20 – minor alterations
$163 – My Hair and Bridal Party makeup (I was responsible for doing the entire bridal party’s makeup, so I needed to pick up a few supplies)
$250 – costs associated with bridal shower. It would have been cheaper if more of the BM’s would have contributed.
$60 – shoes, pedicure, eyebrows
That comes to about $633. I guess it can be a bit expensive to be a BM! I don’t think mine had to even pay half of that.
Post # 33
I’ve been in 3 weddings and the amount I amount I spent ranged from $200-500. The first time, I was still in college and didn’t have to purchase the dress myself (The bride’s parents paid for everything). The most expensive wedding was my best friend’s, where I was co-MOH, so I ended up paying for more things (shower, bachelorette, etc).
Post # 34
reading this makes me happy im a cheap bride.
Post # 35
I spent slightly over $1,000 for FSIL’s wedding. That included dress, shoes, makeup, airfare, hotel, and wedding gift. I did not attend the bachelorette party in Vegas, and I did not attend or contribute to the shower. I had just graduated from school and was jobless at the time.
Post # 36
I was in a wedding as a Bridesmaid or Best Man one time, for my sister. She bought my dress, I did my own hair and make-up and wore shoes and jewelry I already owned. I lived out of the country, so couldn’t attend the shower or bach party, though I did send gifts. But they are gifts I would have sent as a guest, regardless if I was Bridesmaid or Best Man or not.
I honestly think, all in all, I spent $0 as her BM!! The only thing that “cost” me was that I cut short living in foreign country to come home for her wedding. It was too far to go home then fly back, so I just went home for good. Now I feel bad because she is spending quite a bit to be in mine! Her dress is around $200, she probably chipped in for my bach and shower (I guess around $200?) and will get a pedicure (although I left this up to them, did not insist, only asked if they were interested). I have not asked them to get any accessories or make-up and I am paying for their hair. Eek.
Post # 37
I’ve been a bridesmaid 6 times already and never had pay for my gown, hair, makeup, shoes etc. The only thing I did contribute to is the bachlorette parties. But besides that the bride/groom have always put out for the bridesmaid’s expenses. I think it is getting ridiculous the amounts that bridesmaids have had to put out. It should be an honor to be a bridesmaid, not a burden.
Brides should be more mindful of the budgets their bridesmaids can afford. I’m getting married July 2010 and I have 10 bridesmaids and Yes I’m paying for everything for each of them. My concept is is that its YOUR wedding, not THEIRs… thats just my though..
Post # 38
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
My only Bridesmaid or Best Man stint was also as Maid/Matron of Honor, so I spent more than the other girls…not sure of the exact figure, but it was pretty much what I was expecting when I said yes!
Post # 39
For my SIL’s upcoming wedding I have already spent about $600 including the dress and shoes, her bachelorette party ($320 for one night at a spa with a massage!) and shower gift. Still have to pay for my hair and makeup (I chose to do this though) but thats another $100+, and for a wedding gift (all the sibs go in together so its probably going to be about $200 per couple). Pretty frustrating considering I made it a point for my BM’s not to have to spend so much money. Plus DH is a groomsmen and they are doing a Vegas weekend bachelor party so thats another $300+ for the weekend. Id guess for the both of us to be in the wedding its costing us about $1300!
For my best friends wedding I have spent less, about $500. She is paying for our hair and makeup so I just had to get the dress and shoes, bachelorette party and bridal shower.
Post # 40
As Maid/Matron of Honor –
Bachelorette party – about $250
Dress & Shoes – $180
Makeup – Free! That was my gift from the bride as she worked for the salon at the time
Gift – $50.00
So about $480, not counting little last minute things like makeup and pre-game supplies to kill time between ceremony and reception.
I didn’t really spend as much, since I didn’t do a shower (bad Maid/Matron of Honor, I was young and dumb – but she had an Out of Town one with family), but the bride was amazing, she knew I was interning at the time and had no income. She had a wonderful time, and so did I.
Are we going to count the $150 speeding ticket I got on the way home? Nah.
Post # 41
$100 for the dress
$60 for alteratiosn
$65 for shoes
$60 for hair
$300 for accomodations
$95 for gas to drive to the wedding
$160 for bachelorette party hotel (but it was my party too…)
$180 for flight to bachelorette party (again, it was a joint party)
$140 wedding gift
Total: $1160 (wow! never added that all up before now…)
Post # 42
Wow I feel pretty lucky. I have only been a bm once and I think I spent less than $400. We were lucky and the dress she picked out for us was on clearance at Davids Bridal. I did have to have alterations but because we saved so much on the dresses it wasn’t that bad. I didn’t have to travel or stay in a hotel because we lived practically down the street from where she got married.
Post # 43
I’ve been part of the wedding so many times but the last wedding(aug14) I’ve been part of was my first time to pay for lots of things. (not that i’m complaing)
$ 175 for gown
$ 35 for alteration
$ 35 for hair
$65 for make up
$30 shower gift
$100 for wedding gift
$30 tea party
Post # 44
Gosh this has been a sore topic for me as of late. I’m in a wedding in June, and I couldn’t attend the bachelorette party in Miami ($1500 cost), or the shower ($350 flight). Just the wedding alone is costing my husband and myself over $1,000 and that’s without a gift or anything
Flights to wedding: $350 x2 = $700
Hotel for wedding: 2 nights at $200= $400
Yep you’re reading that right. That’s $1100 for just the hotel and flights. This is why I get confused where I hear bridesmaids complaining about the cost of in-town weddings. It’s nothing compared to weddings that you have to fly to.
Post # 45
1k…and that is without Mr. Meowerson attending. If we had both gone, it would have been quite a bit more as we are across the country.