While being asked to be a bridesmaid is an honour, it can sometimes come with a pretty hefty price tag. From dresses, to fake tans, to the hens night, some bridesmaids admit to spending outrageous amounts of money to keep their bestie happy.
Five brave women opened up to Women’s Health and revealed just how much they actually spent on being bridesmaids. Warning – it’s pretty horrifying.
“Two week’s pay”
“I live in New York City and work as an executive assistant. I make $3,200 a month. I spent half of one month’s salary on being a bridesmaid for my cousin. I couldn’t say no to things like the dress, the bachelorette party, the shoes, the bridal shower, and the gifts. I wasn’t able to pay my rent that month and asked my roommate if she could spot me. I paid her back in installments over three months. Seriously, spending two week’s pay on someone else is depressing and really hard when you live in NYC and use every dollar you earn to pay for something you literally need.”—Shelby
“I had to get a loan from my parents”
“I just graduated from college less than a year ago and I’m looking for a full-time job. I’m temping now and I make no money. My best friend from college got married and asked me to be one of her bridesmaids. It was my first time doing it, and of course, I said yes. I seriously didn’t know how much it was going to cost. It was so expensive. I couldn’t afford anything she wanted us to spend money on. I asked my parents if they could pay for the things I desperately needed, like the dress and money for the gifts. I said no to going to the bachelorette party because there was no way I could ask my parents for $500 to spend on a weekend in Miami.” —Mimi
“I couldn’t even keep track”
“To be honest, maybe I spent $1,300. I don’t know. I stopped counting how much this whole thing was costing me. It was a little bit here and a little bit there. I didn’t save receipts, but I remember looking at my credit card statements and being like, ‘How the heck did I spend so much this month?’ and then seeing that I spent it all on things for my friend’s wedding. The biggest money sucker was paying half the tab for her bridal shower.”—Erica
“I had to get a second job”
“I live on a teacher’s salary, which is pretty slim. When one of my best friends got married in May, I didn’t tell her, but I took on a weekend job working at a restaurant as a hostess. I used every penny I made there to pay for being a bridesmaid. I think in total I spent about $850.” —Rachel
“The bachelorette party alone cost $1000”
“It’s so cliché but my sister wanted her bachelorette party to be in Vegas. We went for four days and five nights. She had seven girls there, but of course, since I’m her sister, I paid for practically everything and no one paid me back. I paid for people’s food and drinks, my sister’s gambling, and even bought her three going-out outfits to wear when we were there.” —Stacey