How Much Does it Really Cost to Be a Bridesmaid?

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There are few greater honors than being selected as a bridesmaid in your best friend’s wedding. But with great honor comes great responsibility and, in the case of supporting the wife-to-be down the aisle, that can mean great financial responsibility.

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From the dress, which can average nearly $170 per person, to the bachelorette extravaganza, which can set each attendee back on average $500, being a part of the bride’s squad can really add up. But, we’d like to think watching one of your besties start her happily ever after is priceless.

Watch the whole video above to find out what other costs, from accessories to travel, might pop up for the bridal party, and keep checking back all month long for more Best of Weddings.

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Coinage. Life well spent. Presented by Geico. Being asked to be a bridesmaid during your friend's big day can be a huge honor, and a major financial responsibility. Before you support the bride down the aisle, let's calculate how much you'll spend before you get there. The bridesmaid dress is determined by the bride, and can cost an average of $165 per woman. This price does not account for any accessories Depending on the couple's budget, hair and makeup costs may be covered. If not, it generally runs between fifty dollars to a hundred and fifty dollars per girl. The priciest part of being a bridesmaid is throwing the bridal shower and bachelorette party. In total it is estimated that you will spend over five hundred dollars. This price typically includes hotel, drinks, and any other bachelorette decorations Depending on if you have to travel to a destination wedding, you may have to spend a few hundred dollars more. And average cost to those bridesmaids flying to see their friends exchange vows will spend an extra $317. Are you a bridesmaid in a wedding that's in the northeast? Expect to spend a total of over $1,400. However, if you're going to a Midwest ceremony, you're going to pay a little less as bridesmaids at just $1,170. Even though you're part of the bridal party, you still can't show up empty handed. Bringing a wedding gift will cost, on average Average around $125. Still, that's a small price to pay to see one of your best pals start her happily every after. [SOUND] Coinage, life, well spent. Presented by Geico.
 
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