Guess what? You’re all a bunch of ESP bees. Seriously!
See, earlier today I got an email from a friend’s MOH reminding me that I still owed my share of the bridal shower fund, which is ultimately being paid for by her and us five other bridesmaids. I made a mental note, then did what any good employbee does during their last few minutes of downtime and checked the Weddingbee blog and boards. Obviously.
Lo and behold, a post titled Average Cost of Being a Bridesmaid?? was up towards the top and I clicked my way right over. Seeing as my friend’s upcoming wedding will be the first one I’ll be a bridesmaid in (unless you count my mom’s or that time I was a flower girl in 2nd grade), I was incredibly intrigued by everyone’s response to the question. I already knew that, from my current experience, costs can add up pretty fast.
Running Elly kicked off the thread by mentioning an article that stated that the average cost of a being a bridesmaid is somewhere around the $1700 mark. My first reaction was “aw heck no” but then…I started thinking about my current and upcoming costs for this wedding I am going to be in. I’m already up to $525, and that just covers dress and bridal shower. Oh dear.
Jeannine @ Small Chic soon posted a fantabulous chart that backed up the $1700 price point that I must share with you:
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Click to enlarge and read!!
Lumos then brought up a really great point—that the average cost of weddings in many places is between $20k and $40k, but she is managing to do her wedding somewhere between $8k and $9k. Similarly, while the average price of being a bridesmaid may be $1700, it is still definitely feasible to have the total be well under that price.
Lauramich and Angelz_love (among others) are having/had their girls don the aforementioned LBD as a bridesmaid dress in order to save money, as well having them choose their own shoes, do their own makeup, etc. However, even with some of these money savers, it was still clear that you bees have spent a very large range on weddings—some under $100, some over $2000.
CrispyRN later brought up a worthy counter-argument to the high price of being a bridesmaid—if you’re a bridesmaid for someone, you kind of signed up for it and should know that being in a wedding means coughing up some dough. Touché, my friend. Right you are.
I would love to know more of your thoughts. Personally, I was incredibly shocked at how much money I would be spending on my friend’s wedding, but the more I look into it, the more it seems that I will be spending somewhere along the “average.” Yet to come will at least be shoes, hair/makeup, travel/hotel, and gifts. I just keep seeing those dollar signs add up.
So…please share! How much are you spending/have you spent on being a bridesmaid? Do you agree with the article’s average price? Has the actual cost surprised you in any way?