How much does it cost to be a bridesmaid?

Being a bridesmaid is an honor and a special opportunity to share an important day in a friend’s or relative’s life. See more pictures of bridesmaid dresses.
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Yes, it's an honor, but being asked to be a bridesmaid can also be a huge expense. Depending on the wedding's location, theme and budget, it's quite possible you may end up spending $1,000 or more for the privilege.

So what's in it for you? Well, aside from the joy of watching someone you care about become the better half of one couple, you get to help her plan, organize and prepare for the wedding. And even if she's hired a wedding planner, don't think there will be nothing for you to do. A wedding planner is just that -- someone who plans the wedding. The execution is up to the bride and whoever's helping (read: you). Though it may be fun to taste cakes and shop for dresses, it's also surprisingly expensive, and the more help the bride needs, the pricier your bridesmaid duties will become.

We thought it'd be a good idea to break down the actual cost of being a bridesmaid. We'll cover everything from the essential expenditures every attendant is expected to pay to the oh-my-goodness-I have-to-pay-how-much-to-board-my-dog fees you might not think about before saying "yes" to standing beside her when she says "I do."