(Closed) What are you requiring of your bridesmaids cost wise?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Total cost

    Under $100




    $401 +

  • Post # 31
    496 posts
    Helper bee

    I voted $300-400, but that is with all possible expenses included – from the things you listed, to the shower and bachelorette.  I’m not involved in the planning of either event, so I’m just guessing what those might be.

    Dress: $180 (plus alterations if needed – hopefully no more than $40)

    Shoes: Any black shoes – I checked and they already all had black, so $0.

    Jewelry: Part of their gift is their necklace and earrings, which they know ahead of time so they don’t purchase their own!

    Hair: On their own – whatever they want.

    Makeup: On their own – whatever they want.

    Nails: Whatever they want!

    So I’m figuring $220 max for dress + alterations, and hopefully no more than $100 or so for shower and bachelorette – thus $300-400 total!  The less the better though, I told my Maid/Matron of Honor that the most important thing for bachelorette is keeping it affordable.  I also told the BMs they shouldn’t worry about gifts for us, that the dress and everything they’re doing for the wedding is their gift.  One Bridesmaid or Best Man is coming from Hawaii, but she is family and was already planning to, and is making it her yearly visit home.  One or two others may need one night of hotel, but with the room block it’s only $85.

    Post # 32
    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    amanda1988:  Mine varied b/c I let them pick out their own dress and shoes. I only asked that the shoes be the same style. I think the dresses they chose ranged from $120 – $300. And I believe the shoes were under $40.

    I didn’t require that they get their makeup or hair done. But they wanted professional makeup done, so I said that I would pay for it. That was about $80/person.

    Post # 33
    77 posts
    Worker bee

    The only thing I required was the $250 dress, which was pretty cheap for our area And they need to buy their own nude shoes.  It’s up to them how much they want to spend on shoes.  I bought their jewelry for them.  I also left it up to them to decide what to do fir their own hair and makeup.  Their dresses have s keyhole back, so some might also need to buy a new bra if they don’t have a backless one already.

    Post # 34
    1161 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    gatsbymermaid:  This is the breakdown of what my Maid/Matron of Honor had to pay:

    Dress: $150, and I think she may have had some alterations done

    Shoes: her pick as long as they were nude pumps. I’m guessing she spent $30-50, but these are definitely shoes she will wear a million times and was planning to buy anyways.

    Hair: paid for by me

    Makeup: we both did our own

    Airfare: paid for by me (about $500)

    Hotel: she stayed with me

    And this is the breakdown of what my bridesmaid paid: (all paid for by her mom/MIL, but MIL/FIL did not contribute to any part of the wedding or even give DH a card so I consider these costs negligible as parents of the groom)

    Dress: $150 plus alterations, paid for by her mom

    Shoes: Again, nude pumps of her choice. Probably $30-50, paid for by her mom

    Hair/makeup: did on her own

    Gas/hotel: she traveled and stayed with her mom


    Oh and also, I didn’t ask for any showers or parties, so no $$ required there 🙂

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 3 months ago by MKWeddingBee.
    Post # 35
    328 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2016 - Church by the beach,

    I don’t like the idea of charging them to be my bridesmaids with dress, shoes hotel or make up but they do need to travel although I’d be happy to help if they need.

    Post # 36
    2597 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

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    gatsbymermaid:  Mine is only 401+ because i am having my wedding in Massachusetts and only one lives in the state others have to fly in from socal. norcal, and maryland. I am paying for hair, make up, nails. They can get any dress they want as long as it is the color I showed them. Of course they still want my approval of the ir dresses but really I could care less. They are already doing so much by spending the money to come out here for the wedding. I wouldn’t care if they wore a sack for a dress.

    Post # 37
    6375 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    PP has a point. My BMs paid for their own shoes (navy blue and plain, any style you like) but I paid for the rest of the expenses. However, they still had to arrange their own transportation, and pay hotel costs etc etc, just like every other guest. So the cost was actually quite high, although no higher than for any other guest.

    Post # 38
    638 posts
    Busy bee

    The only thing I required of my girls was to get a dress and the one we ALL agreed on was one that cost $200. They were all willing to pay for it, but I did offer any help if they wanted it.

    As far as everything else goes, I’m buying all of their jewelry and day of garments to make them comfortable ($200 for all). Shoes just need to be silver matte colored, I have hair and makeup aritsts but I am not forcing them to use them. 

    I will most like pay for their hair though since that’s the way they are leaning ($300 for all).

    Makeup they will probably do on their own since that’s more of  stylistic choice.

    I have transportation and they all live close by.

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 3 months ago by SammiCoJo.
    Post # 39
    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Mine paid for their dress ($100), shoes (I gave them a color and let them pic their own based on their own heel height preference and budget – I just told them neutral and I hope they all picked someth they like enough to wear again), and the tip for their hair and makeup (I paid for the actual hair and makeup but they wouldn’t let me put tips on my credit card). 

    They also had to pay for 2 nights at a hotel but I got a deal for booking blocks so that was only $100/night. 

    Post # 40
    2417 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    My bridesmaids paid for their dresses and alterations ($200+). 

    For shoes I said black and closed toe. Height and style otherwise doesn’t matter. I figured everyone has that one classic fallback pair of shoes. And if you don’t, perfect opportunity to get some.

    Hair and makeup they all have the option of DIY or Pro. 

    one of my girls is from out of town, so she has the added cost of a plane ticket. 

    Post # 41
    3791 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    gatsbymermaid:  Mine was pretty similar:

    Dress: I think they were around $130-150 (and that was at a place that had them the cheapest)

    shoes: I didn’t care what they wore, but my sister (MOH) found a pair of nude wedges that she could wear other times, so SIL (BM) bought the same ones to match. I think they were $40

    jewelry: I gave them a necklace and earrings to wear $0

    hair done: My stylists salon was a good deal, and was probably around $30-40. I can’t even remember.

    makeup done: They did their own

    nails/toes: This was up to them, but we all went in for mani/pedis the day before. They both got gel french tips, which were $30, and pedis were around $30. $60 total.

    I think that was all for costs, as everything else was provided or paid for. I don’t think it was really that much, compared to what I see on here and what others spend (and the area you live in). I had debated paying for their hair, but didn’t in the end.

    Post # 42
    638 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

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    Dress: $180. We chose a dress within everyone’s budget so this wasn’t a problem.

    shoes: $0 – they pick, they don’t have to buy new ones 🙂 It’s a floor length dress so whatever they want is fine

    jewelry: $0 – necklaces – which are gifts

    hair done: $0 – we are paying

    makeup done: optional, $40 a bridesmaid IF they want (which includes airbrush & lashes)

    nails/toes: $0 – we are paying

    total – $180, $220 if they want their makeup professionally done


    Post # 43
    448 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015


    I purchased their dresses (I also let them choose) and flowers. They can wear whatever shoes and jewelry they please.

    Hair/Makeup is optional. If they choose to use my stylists, it’s $90/hair and $90/makeup. They are all local so no hotels necessary unless they choose to stay.


    Post # 44
    1481 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    We paid for everything so the only thing they paid for was the optional gift they chose to give us and shower/bach party 

    Post # 45
    1702 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    My situation may be unique, because I have a fairly large wedding budget, but here goes.  We are paying for the dresses, hotel room, necklace, hair, and makeup for the girls.  I am expecting them to pay for the alterations, bring their own shoes (whatever shoes they want), and provide their own other jewelry if they want it.  My mom paid for my bridal shower (though the girls planned it).  They are paying for my bachelorette party coming up, (which I never said I expected a bachelorette party, so it’s not like I’m forcing them.)  But there’s no way I am going to volunteer to pay for that, so they will have to deal with that.  Surprisingly, the bridesmaid whom I was trying to be considerate of financially (because she has cancer, large medical expenses, and cant work) has been the one to volunteer to pay for the most stuff.  It has been other bridesmaids who have actually complained about the cost of alterations etc, which sort of surprised me since I thought we were paying for a lot more than most couples do for their bridal party.

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