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The real honest cost about being a Bridesmaid in a Bridal Party

Wedding season is right around the corner and many brides have already started to pick out their bridesmaids for their bridal party.  If you have ever been in a bridal party before – you know what the true financial impact it can have on your very own pocket book.  For those of you who are new to this arena, we thought we would highlight a few things so you can be ready when your invitation to be bridesmaids occurs.

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The most common components of being a bridesmaid that one would typically think about would be the attire.  These would include the aesthetic components of being a bridesmaid.  This includes a few core elements:

  1. Bridesmaid’s dress, suit and/or attire –  The basic reality is, that most dresses that the bride chooses for her bridal party – bridesmaids will never be able to wear again.
  2. Shoes  – Hopefully the bride won’t pick mustard yellow, or some other colour you will never be able to wear again.
  3. Accessories – the bride will let you know if she wants necklace, bracelet and/or earrings.
  4. Hair stylist – no more fly away, unruly styles.  You will get all dolled up by the professional.
  5. Make-up artist – no need to worry about the jitters with make-up application because the professional is going to make you picture perfect.
  6. Perfectly polished nails; both hands and feet (especially if you are wearing sandals without hose).

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There are some other key factors that both bride and bridesmaids ought to consider:

  • Bachelorette party and/or bridal showers – Some brides end up having multiple parties and showers.  Therefore, it is best to be clear if there are financial contributions required for each event on behalf of each bridesmaid.
  • Destination Wedding – who is going to cover the cost of flight, accommodations and food for the bridesmaid that needs to travel to get to the wedding.
  • Gifts – is the bride going to expect a bridal shower gift and a wedding gift

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There is also one very important element that neither bridesmaid nor bride really considers and that is – time.  As a bridesmaid, if you have a very busy work schedule, or you are reliant on working as many hours as possible to maintain your position in a company – then you will need to carefully ponder over what amount of time commitment you will need to help a bride throughout the planning process.  Here are a few things that will require time:

  1. Dress and shoes – you’ll likely have to go for various appointments to try on dresses and shoes with the other bridesmaids.  Then once they are ordered, you’ll have fitting appointments to attend.
  2. Planning events – as a bridesmaid, you will likely need to help organize and plan events such as shower(s) and bachelorette(s).  How much time this equates to will depend on the number of events and the complexity of the events.  If the plan is to do more of a DIY event, then you’ll need to factor in time for shopping, making and assembling items, set-up and take down.
  3. Hands on help – the bride may need help with invitation assembly, tying favor tags, writing out place cards, assembling ceremony programs, etc.  Again, how many hours, will really depend on the complexity or intricacy of the components.

Bridal Party from Asian Fusion Weddings – Image courtesy of  www.EwanPhelan.com

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When you have a mixed cultural wedding, lines of finances can even be blurred further.  For Chinese wedding customs, the bride and groom pay for all the bridal party’s attire, shoes, accessories, hair stylist, make-up artist and nails.  However, the bride and groom do not purchase a gift for the bridal party members.  This would be the exact reverse for Western wedding cultures.  The bridal party would pay for all those items, and then the bride and groom would purchase a gift.  Essentially the dollar figure spent is exactly the same, but the funds are coming out of a different wallet.

 

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If you are in the predicament where you have been asked to be a bridesmaids, but simply cannot afford to either pay for all the attire and activities – and/or you are not able to contribute the amount of time that is needed to help the bride, then be honest with yourself and the bride.  Being best friends with the bride means that she will understand that you need to pay rent and make student loan payments.  Being best friends of a gracious bride means that she will thank you for being upfront and honest.  It’s best to stay as friends for life, rather than have no friendship at all after the wedding.

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If you’ve got any bridesmaids concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to give us a ring at 416-918-3891 or drop us a line at services@asianfusionweddings.com.

 



Wendy is a Toronto WEDDING PLANNER whose specialty is “East marries West” weddings in the Greater Toronto Area, New York area, Vancouver area, Los Angeles area, Southern California and in the beautiful destination of Bali, Indonesia.

Whether you need wedding planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Wendy can help you design your most memorable wedding day. CONTACT HER today, she’d love to hear from you.



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