(Closed) how much did you spend as a bridesmaid?

posted 13 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 32
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

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
1530 posts
Bumble bee

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
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

reading this makes me happy im a cheap bride.

Post # 35
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
15 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
711 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
1449 posts
Bumble bee

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
442 posts
Helper bee

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
27 posts
  • Wedding: January 2022

$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
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
28 posts
  • Wedding: January 2010

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

total $470


Post # 44
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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

Dress: $200

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
3930 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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.

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