We all dislike money talk and asking your bridesmaids to pay for certain things can make you feel awkward and uneasy. But they are your friends, they'll support you even when your expectations don't always line up and we say: 'Honesty is the best policy!'
Be honest about what you're expecting from your bridal tribe, be upfront about the costs involved with being a bridesmaid and see where you are able to compromise. If you're gracious and understanding- your girls will follow suit. With a little help from the rest of the team, we were able to decide upon a few things your bridesmaids are and aren't typically expected to pay for!
The bridesmaid dresses and shoes are commonly the responsibility of the bride, you- as the bride, have asked your closet friends to be part of your big day after all!
If you are wanting your bridesmaid to look picture-perfect with their hair and makeup done professionally, then we feel that the cost falls to you. It can get a little tricky if you have 10 girls standing by your side as you say your vows, so choose wisely and budget this in from the start!
Whether your girls are sporting bouquets, corsages or flower crowns- all the floral costs belong to the bride and her family. It's a tradition that has been around for decades.
When it comes to coordinating and covering the day-of-the-wedding shenanigans, the bride and her family are again responsible for the transportation costs to and from the hotel, the ceremony and the reception. Your bridesmaids should never have to worry about this one! Let them save the Uber account for the hens party spoils!
This all boils down to who's hosting your shower, if your MOH and bridesmaids are, then the costs fall to them but if your mum is hosting or even co-hosting, a portion of the costs and responsibilities should ideally be spilt. The decor and activities could fall to your girls and the food and beverages will then be tasked to your mum!
This is all up to your girls - they are in charge of your last night of single fun. This includes decor, activities, snacks, transport and all the shots you can think of!
Think of the time, money and effort your bridesmaids have gone through for you. Don't be shocked or heartbroken if they don't get you a wedding present -they've covered a lot by being your nearest and dearest during this amazing life-stage change. If they are set on getting you a gift, perhaps suggest that they purchase one altogether- more bang for their buck!