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7 Expenses Traditionally Covered By Your Bridesmaids


Photo by: Erin Fleming Photography

Planning your dream wedding is an exciting journey, but let’s face it, the costs can add up faster than you can say “I do.” Luckily, you’re not alone on this adventure—your trusty bridesmaids are here to support you every step of the way. While they’re undoubtedly thrilled to stand by your side on the big day, it’s worth noting that there are certain expenses traditionally covered by these fabulous friends. So, grab your favorite cup of coffee and read on for the seven expenses your bridesmaids typically take on with love and laughter.


1. Bridal Shower


Your maid of honor is typically the one to take the lead in planning and hosting this pre-wedding bash however, nowadays it’s more common for the responsibility to be shared across the bridesmaids. From venue selection to décor, food, and entertainment, your bridal squad is ready to sprinkle a bit of magic into this special celebration. Don’t be surprised if they whip up some creative games, heartfelt toasts, and an Instagram-worthy backdrop – they’ve got it all covered!


2. Bachelorette Party


Get ready to paint the town red because your bridesmaids are on a mission to throw you the bachelorette party of a lifetime! Whether it’s a weekend getaway, a spa day, or a wild night out on the town, your bridesmaids are pulling out all the stops to ensure you have a blast before tying the knot. From coordinating outfits to organizing themed games, they’ve got your entertainment covered, and they’re probably already scheming up a playlist that’ll make you dance ’til dawn.


3. Dresses and Accessories


While it’s true that you’ll be the one walking down the aisle in the stunning white gown, your bridesmaids are usually responsible for footing the bill for their own dresses and accessories. Preselect their dresses or allow them to infuse their style in their own choice. With their impeccable taste, your bridesmaids will undoubtedly choose dresses that not only complement your vision but also make them feel fabulous. It’s a win-win, and it’s all in the name of making your wedding day as gorgeous as can be.




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4. Hair and Makeup


On the big day, your bridesmaids are the unsung heroes behind your stunning bridal look. Typically, they’ll cover the costs of their own hair and makeup, ensuring that the entire bridal party looks cohesive and ready for those close-up photos. Whether they’re going for a classic updo or rocking some glamorous waves, your bridesmaids are prepared to glam up alongside you, making sure everyone is picture-perfect.


5. Travel and Accommodations


It’s typically up to the bridesmaids to find their own way to the first location of the day where the group starts getting ready. Whether that means they’re hopping on a plane or driving 10 mins away, they will find and pay their way. Where they stay for the evening is also up to them but it’s a nice gesture to book a hotel block for your bridesmaids to have dibs on booking first, typically at a discounted rate.


6. Wedding Day Must-Haves


On the day of the wedding, it’s expected that the bridesmaids are responsible for bringing their own personal items and essentials for getting ready. Items like toiletries, hairspray, medicine, and a touch-up makeup kit are items that are good to have on hand. The hotel may have some backup items in case of emergency but it’s better to be prepared for anything.


7. Gifts Galore


Last but certainly not least, your bridesmaids traditionally shower you with thoughtful gifts. These can range from sentimental keepsakes to practical items that will come in handy on the big day. Your bridesmaids know you well, and they’ll put extra thought into finding gifts that reflect your personality and show just how much they care.


While planning a wedding can be a whirlwind of emotions and expenses, your bridesmaids are here to ease the burden and make sure your journey to the altar is as magical as can be. From planning unforgettable pre-wedding events to adorning themselves in beautiful attire and ensuring every detail is picture-perfect, your bridesmaids are true superheroes in disguise. So, raise a glass to these amazing friends, because without a doubt, they’re helping to turn your wedding dreams into a reality.

Check out our bank of helpful blogs to help you plan the perfect day, from choosing the perfect wedding location to budgeting for your wedding day, we’re here to help make your wedding day easy to plan from the get-go.



Photo by: Erin Fleming Photography


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