When you’re planning out the budget for your wedding, it’s important to remember that you need to include the amount you’ll spend on your bridesmaids — because yes, you will spend money on them. But not to worry — you’re not paying for everything. Traditionally, there are some expenses that a bridesmaid covers, and other expenses that fall on you as a bride.
The Bridesmaids Cover:
Your bridesmaids should cover the way they get to your wedding and where they stay. However, it’s nice to help them out when it comes to the costs by booking a block of rooms at a discounted rate.
You could also consider splitting the costs with them, especially if they are coming from out-of-state and will need to book an extended stay for your wedding.
As part of the wedding party, bridesmaids are usually expected to pay for their own dresses. If any of your bridesmaids are concerned about the cost of the dress, you may want to offer a few different styles at different price points.
Typically, your bridesmaids are responsible for planning, hosting, and paying for your bridal shower. But if your mother or other relative wants to co-host the party, then she and your bridesmaids can split the costs.
Similarly to your bridal shower, your bridesmaids typically cover the costs of your bachelorette party — transportation, activities, drinks, the works. (Since your mom and mother-in-law usually don’t attend this outing, the costs will fall solely on the bridesmaids.
The Bridesmaids Don’t Cover
Hair and Makeup
If you absolutely want your bridesmaids to get their hair and makeup professionally done, you should cover those costs. If your bridesmaids want to hire a professional, but it doesn’t matter to you, you can have them cover the full costs or let them do their own hair and makeup — your call.
From corsages to bouquets, you should be paying for all the floral accessories needed for your bridal party.
Typically, you and your fiance are in charge of providing your bridesmaids and groomsmen with transportation to and from the hotel, ceremony, and reception. Luckily though, if you split the costs between you, your honey, and your families, it should be easier to cover.
Accommodations the Night Before
If you require your bridesmaids to stay at a hotel the night before the wedding, you should cover those costs. They may already be paying for a room for the night of the wedding, so you shouldn’t have them pay for an extra stay that they may not have budgeted for.
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