Post # 1
Just wondering….where the extreme cost difference comes from between being a bridesmaid and being a groomsman? It seems (to me) that its much cheaper to be a groomsman….and why is it that all of these expensive wedding ‘tasks’ are hoisted upon the women?
I’m sure there’s some sort of historical/traditional reasoning. Maybe the wedding industry takes advantage of bride’s wanting a specific color for dresses and therefore charge a lot for a (in most cases) cheaply made dress…..And overhead for tuxes must be low but when you factor in the cost of tailoring and cleaning, I’m not so sure.
Anyone know the answer?
Post # 3
Actually I think our tux rentals are going to come in about the same as the dresses. $140 for the rental @ Men’s wearhouse vs. TBD (but in the 100-150 range) at DB.
Of course, that’s not factoring in shoes, hair, or makeup. 🙁 And holy cow, is hair/mu expensive.
Post # 4
@jpalm13: I don’t know the answer, but I would say just for attire and such here is the massive difference:
Bridesmaid or Best Man need to do:
-special shoes (usually a heel that they don’t already own)
-accessories (necklace, earrings, bracelet, etc)
-dress shoes (since male shoes typically are either black or brown and have few styles, this isn’t hard for men to coordinate out of their own collections)
-tux/suit plus vest/dress shirt (usually a rental and therefore quite cheap)
-tie/bowtie and sometimes a pocket square (comes with suit rental typically)
-belt (again, most men have a dress belt and most male dress belts are very similar)
Post # 5
Our tuxes were actually a bit more than the girls’ dresses. I bought the girls’ jewelry. Hair and makeup were optional. So our cost was pretty close, actually — at least in terms of wedding day attire.
Post # 6
@atalante: Here you can easily rent a decent suit for between $50 and $100! Perhaps it is a difference in countries?
Post # 7
P.S. I also think that, in general, it’s more expensive to be a bridesmaid than a groomsman because in normal life, it’s more expensive to be a girl than a guy! (Makeup, hair, beauty products, accessories, etc)
Post # 8
@Gemstone: hahaha maybe thats true!
I think most of it is attire. I’m just shocked at the price difference. Me and SO are in the same wedding and I almost want to say that when I get married, I’ll pay for it all up front and then divide it out lol. Like socialism for bridal parties! hah
Is it true that the shower used to be the aunts’ responsibilities?? Or is it more of just whomever wants to throw it or wedding industry says so, therefore it is law?