What Do Bridesmaids Pay For?


If you’re a first-time bridesmaid and are wondering what the heck you have to pay for, don’t fret. Many newbie bridesmaids have this question, and let’s face it: being a ‘maid isn’t exactly cheap. Help yourself avoid unnecessary expenses by learning what you are expected to pay for.

The Dress

Paying for your bridesmaid dress is standard. Hopefully the bride will choose pretty but not-ridiculously-expensive dresses. If she wants dresses for an insane price tag, it could be argued that she should foot some or all of the bill. Keep in mind you are also expected to pay for your shoes and jewelry. Sometimes the bride’s gift to her bridesmaids is jewelry to wear in the wedding, but she will let you know that.

Bachelorette Party

The bachelorette party is usually planned by the Maid of Honor and bridesmaids. As such, everyone is expected to contribute. This can involve paying for dinner, club entrance fees, spa or beach weekends, and other entertainment.

Bridal Shower

Whoever hosts the bridal shower pays for it. The mother of the bride might pay for the shower, however it is frequently hosted by the Maid of Honor and the bridesmaids. As such, you will have to fork over some cash for food or decor. Do not, repeat do not ask guests for contributions. They are bringing gifts to the shower–that is their contribution.

Hair And Makeup

Generally the bridesmaids are responsible for their hair and makeup. You may opt for a professional ‘do from the same stylist working with the bride, or do it yourself. If the bride wants everyone to have their hair and makeup professionally done, she should pay for it. This doesn’t always happen, but it is certainly a nice gesture.

Budget some money if you are going to be a bridesmaid–you will be happy you did!