Being A Bridesmaid Is Even More Expensive Than You Think

It’s an honor to be a bridesmaid and it feels good to have one of your besties want you to stand up there with her when she ties the knot. But the duty isn’t cheap. Between the dress, hair and makeup and the bachelorette party, things really add up fast. So how much does it cost to be a bridesmaid? Elite Daily asked six women about their experiences as a bridesmaid to figure out how much bridesmaids typically spend and here are the mind-blowing numbers.

  • The Dress- Of course it all depends, but the average cost of a bridesmaid dress is about $200, plus another $75 to $100 for alterations.
  • The gifts- Between the bridal shower and wedding presents, bridesmaids spend an average of $200 on gifts.
  • The transportation- Flying to the wedding, renting a car for the weekend and Ubers to get you where you need to be on time all add up to an average cost of $600.
  • The hair and makeup- Looking good is expensive, between spray tans, hair, makeup, and nails, it can get pretty pricey. Sometimes the bride kicks in to cover some hair and makeup costs for her girls, but bridesmaids typically spend about $100 on the beauty side.
  • The hotels- This can be another big expense if you’re booking a room for several nights for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding night, with an average approximate cost of $250.
  • The bachelorette party- Kicking in for the events, along with hotels and airfare if you’re going to a destination party is definitely not cheap. This is the biggest wedding-related expense for a lot of bridesmaids, who spend an average of $800 on the bachelorette party.

So what does it cost altogether to be a bridesmaid? According to these former bridesmaids, the average attendant will spend about $2,150 for the honor of standing up at the altar for the bride. That’s a lot of money, so remember just because she asks you, you don’t have to say “I do” to being a bridesmaid.


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