In case you missed a few comments made in my last couple of posts, 2013 is not only the year of possibilities for me, it is also the year of weddings. To be more specific, it is the year I will be a bridesmaid in three (and attending a total of four) of my closest friend’s weddings.
Now, you should know two things. One, I have never been a bridesmaid before. In fact, I have probably only been to a handful of my friend’s weddings… ever! Two, this year just happens to be the year that many of my girlfriends are saying their “I do’s.” And I could never say no to being a part of their special days.
But that doesn’t mean it won’t cost me a pretty penny to do so. The infographic below outlines how being a bridesmaid can cost as much as $1,700! If I was still in Victoria, I would scoff at that amount. Since I am now in Toronto, and airfare in Canada is not cheap, I am beginning to understand how quickly the costs can add up. Now is the time for me to be thankful that I am almost debt-free, so I can actually budget for these celebrations! Here’s what I need to save for:
Airfare is obviously going to be my biggest expense. If I can average it out to $550 roundtrip (three trips to Victoria, one trip to Prince Edward Island), that’s $2,200 I will need to save. Fortunately, I won’t need to pay any other travel or accommodation expenses.
Dresses / Shoes / Accessories
Some dresses will cost more than others, and two I already have, but I’m expecting to spend about $300 on dresses, shoes and accessories, this year. However, I spent $200 on the first wedding last year, so my total budget for this category is actually $500.
Hair / Makeup
Again, the cost of these will vary per wedding, but I’m going to budget another $300 for this.
Bachelorette Parties / Bridal Showers
This category makes me sad, because I won’t be able to attend any of these events. But I will still be contributing to the parties and sending small gifts. For that, I’m budgeting another $300.
Despite not planning on ever having a big wedding of my own, I love giving wedding gifts; so much so that I already know a couple of the gifts I am going to buy! Some of these girls have been my best friends since we were 13 years old. I’m saving at least $500 for their gifts.
Altogether, I’m looking at a total of about $3,800. To be in three weddings, and attend four, that actually doesn’t seem too high. And, to be honest, the number doesn’t scare me at all. Each of the weddings I go to in Victoria will give me a quick chance to see my family and friends, and the wedding in PEI will take me to a part of the country I’ve never been. $3,800 for four mini vacations? That sounds reasonable to me.
Have you ever been a bridesmaid? How much did it cost you to stand up for your friend?
Top Image: Etsy – OtisBWeddings