(Closed) Which expenses to cover for Bridesmaids…?!

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: How much of my bridesmaid expenses should I pay for?
    1/2 bridesmaid dress, hair or makeup, and a bridesmaid gift : (44 votes)
    83 %
    everything in option #1 plus 1/2 of airfare : (0 votes)
    everything in option #1 plus 1/2 of hotel fees : (2 votes)
    4 %
    everything in option #1 plus 1/2 airfare and 1/2 hotel fees : (0 votes)
    OTHER - please specify : (7 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    1067 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have 6 BMs, 2 out of state, and I’m paying for thier make-up, gift, and hotel night before the wedding

    Post # 4
    2288 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I’d say what you’re doing thus far sounds great, but if you want to do more and can afford it, I’d throw in their airfare. We’re doing gift, hair/makeup, and they can stay the night at the Inn we’re renting on us if they so choose.

    Post # 5
    2058 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have 5 bridesmaids. 3 of them are my sisters and two of them are my best friends. 4 of them are traveling & their travel includes airfares. I am paying their hair + makeup ($125 each) and then I am spending about $125 on their gifts…..

    I have been a bridesmaid in several weddings and those are what was offered to me – – so that was my guide Laughing

    Post # 6
    2207 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    You are already being pretty generous, so I would stick to what you are offering.

    Post # 8
    720 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I don’t think you are at ALL obligated to pay for airfare/car/hotel stuff.  You are already being super generous!!

    Post # 9
    2465 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    i think you’re being more than generous! i’m not paying for any hair or make up (i’m also not asking them to get professional hair or make up done), hotel, or airfare/travel costs, and 5/7 of my bridesmaids are from out of town. i will be getting them all gifts, and i’m splitting the cost of the dress with 2 of them who couldn’t afford the full cost

    Post # 10
    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I agree with @sboston06 and @finnaroo – you’re not obligated to pay for ANYTHING for your bridesmaids (though you should get them a gift).  Well, I guess their flowers, but that’s pretty much it.  If you ask someone to be a bridesmaid, they should understand what comes with that – buying their own dress, accessories, shoes, doing their own makeup, hair, travel and hotel, plus hosting showers/parties, etc.  You’re already being very generous offering to pay for half their dress and their hair and makeup!  I’m a MoH this summer and I’m assuming I will be paying for everything except the flowers the bride wants me to have.

    Post # 12
    979 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think it should really depend on how much you can afford.  If you can afford to pay for all or part of the hotel along with the dress and hair/makeup then I am sure they would really appreciate it.

    Our only attendant is my sister as maid of honor/best man.  She is in vet school and I am working so I paid for her dress and shoes and will she paying for her hair (she wants to do her own makeup).  She is going to be staying in the rental house my parents are getting, but if she wasn’t I would probably pay for a place for her to stay.  Although this is purposefully why we chose to have one attendant and if we had many I can’t say that we would be paying for everything.

    Post # 13
    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Me and my sister live in the same town so we didn’t have to worry about a lot of this.  I was her only bridesmaid and she is my only bridesmaid.  I am paying for her dress and that is about it.  It was the same for me. 

    Post # 14
    351 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I have been a bridesmaid 5 times and not once has any bride paid for my dress or travel expenses. And I never expected them to.

    I have 6 BM’s and will be paying for their hair and makeup (if they want it done), and getting them gifts. The dress was under $150 and they can do whatever shoes and accessories they want. The town I’m getting married in is small so hotel prices will be relatively cheap. Two of them are out-of-state but they are driving (under 4 hours).

    Again, there are certain expenses that come along with being a Bridesmaid or Best Man. However, all of these women are working professionals in their late 20’s that are not broke 🙂

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