• KatePaulyne Tayco

5 Expenses Your Bridesmaids Are Expected to Cover

Updated: Aug 3, 2020


Bridesmaids in blue dress with bride showing off their floral bouquets

Your bridesmaids play a big role in your wedding celebration. They are here to support you physically, emotionally, and financially. While it is awkward to talk about money between your friends, you have to be honest with your bridal party and discuss with them the possible costs that they have to pay for your pre-wedding parties and wedding. To help you with this, we list down some of the expenses that your bridesmaids have to cover for your wedding celebration.

Bridesmaids and Brides wearing silk robe cheering glasses indoor

H O T E L AND T R A N S P O R T A T I O N


Like other guests, your bridal party is expected to pay for their hotel accommodation and transportation to and from your wedding venue. If you have the budget for it, you can consider paying for half or a percentage of their hotel rooms and travel costs. You can also help them get a discount by booking all the room blocks at the same time.

Pro tip: Check Airbnb for low-cost hotels and accommodations around your wedding venue.

As a group, your bridesmaids can also lease a spacious vacation house or apartment. Renting a house and dividing the payment evenly by all the members of your bridal party is a great cost-effective alternative. Have a thorough discussion with your girls and be sure that everyone is comfortable with the thought of staying in the same house, particularly for those who have a plus one.


Bridesmaids in silk robe standing with glasses of champagne

P R E-W E D D I N G P A R T I E S


Your bridesmaids are expected to shoulder the expenses for your pre-wedding parties covering the decors, activities, foods, and drinks. As the bride, you are expected to spend nothing on your bachelorette party, unless it is a weekend getaway or a destination bachelorette party where everyone has to cover the cost of travel and accommodation individually.

The costs of your bridal shower are often paid by those who host and cohost your party. Although your bridesmaids and maid of honor are not the ones to host the party, it is also expected from them to pitch into your bridal shower bill.


Makeup artist putting mascara to the bridesmaid

H A I R AND M A K E UP


If you want your wedding party to rock the same glam look for your wedding day, then you have to pay for their makeup artists and hairstylists. You can ask your glam team for their service, or you can also book other professionals that are less expensive to help your gals. Either of the two is a great way to make sure that your bridesmaids will look extra gorgeous on your big day.

If you don’t have a budget for your girls’ hair and makeup, talk with your bride squad about the other possible options. If they prefer and can afford, they can hire professional makeup artists for themselves. Or if they are talented and find it more comfortable to do their makeup and hair by themselves, then it is also a sure-fire way to save some money.

Whether they have professionals to do their makeup or they prefer to do it by themselves, make sure that they have an extra space at the dressing room to get ready for your celebration or else your bridesmaids might feel left out.


Bridesmaids in mint green gowns happily taking selfie with the bride with their bouquets

W E D D I N G A T T I R E


An average bridesmaid gown is around $150, but depending on the brand, design, and alteration it can reach up to $500. You can check different bridesmaids websites to get cheap deals with high-quality materials and various styles such as Azazie.comLulus.com, and more.


If you prefer to see your girlfriends in matching bridesmaids dresses, shoes, and accessories, then it is customary that you pay for it. While, if you have a tight budget, your bridesmaids can still rock your wedding with mismatched dresses, which are also becoming a wedding trend.


To make sure the cohesiveness of your bridal party, provide them with patterns and themes that they should follow. Be certain that your bridal party loves the idea, and they are comfortable wearing the style that you gave them on your wedding day.


Bride and two bridesmaids hugging each other with glasses of champagne near the windows

G I F T S


Your bridal party is expected to give you presents for your wedding day. Even though it is not required for your bridesmaids to give you a bridal shower gift, they still have to participate in activities that they have to buy something for you or swap with other girls.


The bridesmaids can also try to buy one nicer gift for the bride rather than giving her a lot of gifts. Giving wedding and bridal shower gifts to your soon-to-be-wife friend is a great way to say thank you, congratulations, and that you’ll always be there for her.