“After adding up the cost of the dress, accessories, travel expenses, wedding gifts and more, WeddingChannel.com found that it costs about $1,695 to be a bridesmaid. The estimate was based on a 2010 Real Weddings study that surveyed more than 20,000 brides nationwide.”
Yikes! That’s a shit-ton of money. In fact, it’s close to 20% what my whole wedding cost two years ago (for which I skipped having bridesmaids). Fortunately, there are tips for reducing the costs (CNN.com lists a few here), including, *gasp* turning down bridesmaid offers or telling the bride upfront what you can afford to spend and letting her decide whether she can work with that budget or if she needs to find a replacement bridesmaid.
Now I’m curious: how much would you estimate you’ve spent as a bridesmaid? Have you ever turned down a bridesmaid offer for financial reasons?