Budgeting for your bridesmaid duties

Bridesmaids often pay for the dress, accessories, wedding shower, gifts for the bridal shower and wedding, travel and hotel if needed. (Image courtesy Big Stock Photo)

Have you heard of bridesmaid burnout? It’s real. I should know, I’ve been there 16 times.

Think about it. You’re wearing an expensive dress that will never see the light of day after the wedding. According to Wedding Wire, bridesmaids spent between $1,200-$1,800 in 2017. Consider inflation and that amount is much higher today.

“You should only say yes to what you truly can commit to with integrity,” says etiquette expert Lizzie Post. This is not to say we don’t want to be part of our bestie’s big day; it’s about knowing it’s okay to say no to being a bridesmaid.

Vikki Locke, C2 Communications, The SWFL 100