A wedding is not only a beautiful event that you will cherish in your memories forever, but also a rather costly endeavour. You may not know this, but some of the wedding expenses are expected to be covered by the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and here they are.
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1. Expenses for groomsmen
If you have been chosen as a groomsman or the groom’s best man, you should consider it a big honour. In your role as a groomsman, you should be prepared for the following expenses:
- Your outfit
Paying for your outfit is the first major expense you will encounter in your journey as a groomsman. In some cases, particularly if the wedding is small and low-key, you will be able to wear the suit or tuxedo you already have in your wardrobe, but usually, you will be required to buy, sew, or rent a tuxedo or suit to match the chosen wedding aesthetic.
- Bachelor party
If you are the best man and the groom decided to have a bachelor party, you are expected to cover the costs of the celebration. To avoid any awkward situations when you run out of your budget, you can ask the participants to chip in or avoid entertainment, drinks, meals, and other activities that are too expensive.
- The gift
When you are simply a wedding guest, you can easily get away with a budget-friendly gift, since it will likely blend in with the other gifts. However, as a groomsman or best men, you will need to give an extra special gift to the newlyweds that can cost twice as much as a regular gift you would give as a wedding guest.
In most cases, the expenses of getting to the wedding location should also be covered by you. You’re in luck if the wedding takes place in your own city, since you’ll only have to pay for the taxi ride. But if it’s a destination wedding, you will also need to pay for plane tickets and your own hotel accommodations.
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2. Expenses for bridesmaids
As a bridesmaid, you will face the following costs when you become part of a wedding party:
- Wedding wear
In rare cases, the bride will pick out identical dresses for her bridesmaids and pay for them from her own pocket. Even then, you will be expected to buy your own footwear and other accessories. Still, in most cases, you will be the one paying for everything you wear on your wedding day, even if the items will be chosen by the bride.
- Bridal shower
If you and other bridesmaids are the ones planning the bridal shower for the bride, you will also be the ones covering the expenses, including the venue, food, decorations, and activities. However, you can ask the bride’s female family members to chip in and host the event together to cut your own costs.
- Bridal and wedding gifts
Many bridal showers these days feature an exchange of gifts, and you need to come prepared. Luckily, those gifts don’t need to be expensive – makeup, lingerie, and other little cute gifts work perfectly for this purpose. The wedding gift will likely be more expensive, but you can offer other bridesmaids to combine your finances and buy one expensive gift from all of you – it can be something the bride has wanted for a long time.
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