The discussion about finance is both the most cumbersome and the most important part of a maid of honor. There are certainly some expenses that you are likely to cover, but it is up to you to set an overall budget that you can easily spend. Before you do this, you need to be able to answer the question that most people find too embarrassing to ask: what does the maid of honor pay for?
1. Wedding clothes
The maid of honor is expected to cover all of the wedding attire expenses along with the rest of the bridal party. This includes the dress (plus any necessary changes), shoes and any jewelry that you will wear during the day. Occasionally, the bride gives her bridesmaids the accessories she should wear.
2. Bridal shower
When it comes to the bridal shower, it is the maid of honor's responsibility to share the cost with the rest of the bridal party. This includes the cost of all decorations, activities / games, food and drinks. Apart from that, it is perfectly acceptable to ask the mothers of the bride and groom as well as other close family members for contributions.
3rd Bachelorette Party
For bachelorette parties at the destination, each bridesmaid is expected to pay their own travel expenses. The entire bridal party should split the bill for accommodation (which includes coverage of the bride's share) and any additional expenses (decorations, clothing, food, etc.). Discuss in advance whether you and your bridesmaid colleagues are sharing the bride's part of all or all of the food and drink bills.
As a maid of honor, you are expected to make both a bridal shower and a wedding gift. Since you're already spending a lot of money on other expenses, you don't feel obliged to go overboard or on budget. Choose one or two items from the registry for the bridal shower gift, and cash (or check) is definitely considered acceptable for the wedding gift.
5. Hotel and travel
The entire bridal party should expect to pay for each trip to and from the wedding weekend, as well as for their accommodations. Typically, the bride asks her bridesmaids to stay with her in her bridal suite the night before the wedding, so you may only have to pay the cost of an overnight stay.
6. Hair and makeup
This is always a controversial cost factor. From all weddings we have attended, we have always been responsible for covering the cost of professional hair and makeup including tips. That being said, there are many brides who choose this as their "gift" to their bridal party. In any case, you should take these costs into account when setting your budget.
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