So it's that awkward moment when you have to ask your maids if they can pay towards their role. Your bridesmaids are probably doing so much to support you and to meet your expectations. Our advice is to be honest about the upfront cost and have a discussion as they may have different commitment. To get the conversation started with your bridesmaid here is our guide to what they should pay for.

Wedding Ensemble

Bridesmaid dresses, shoes and accessories (including jewellery, unless you’re gifting it to them) are their responsibility.

Bridal Shower  

Depending on who’s hosting, your maid of honour and bridesmaids are often expected to foot the bridal shower bill. But if your family is hosting (or co=hosting), a portion of the costs and responsibilities—from décor and activities to food and beverages—will fall on them.

Bridal Shower Gift

One wedding gift is usually enough (see below) and a bridal shower gift is by no means required. But if the party has a fun theme like a lingerie swap, it’s possible to participate without purchasing a huge gift off the registry—or another huge gift altogether.

Bachelorette Party

Your pals are responsible for all décor, activities, food and drink on your hen night.


Bouquets, Corsages and Other Floral Accessories

The bride and her family are expected to pay for the bridesmaid bouquets and other floral accents like corsages.

Wedding Day Transportation

Traditionally, the bride and her family are responsible for coordinating and covering day-of wedding transportation ( to and from the hotel, ceremony and reception) for all guests and the wedding party. However you, your fiancé and your families divide it up, your bridesmaids shouldn’t have to worry about this one.

Hair and Makeup

This one’s a little trickier, but if you request that your bridesmaids get their hair and makeup done professionally, then you should pay. If you’re impartial, but your bridesmaids insist on using a professional glam squad, offer to split the bill or pay for it as their bridesmaid gift—otherwise, they can cover their own beauty services.

Accommodations the Night Before the Wedding

If you plan to spend the night in a shared hotel suite with your pals on the eve of your wedding, expect to cover the costs. Your bridesmaids may have already split a room with a plus-one for the duration of their stay, and they shouldn’t have to pay for yet another room

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