It is such an honor to be asked to be in one of your close friends or family’s wedding. But when the dust has settled and planning the wedding begins, there can be a lot that goes into being a member of the bridal party. There are different expectations for every wedding, as every bridal party is unique, but we have a few general guidelines for both groomsmen and Bridesmaids that may help.
For the groomsmen, there are three main assumptions. These include paying for your tux or suit, paying for and hosting the bachelor party and buying a wedding gift from the registry.
Being a bridesmaid tends to be a little bit more involved than being a groomsman. The main expectations include many of the same as the groomsmen with paying for your dress, hosting and paying for the bridal shower and buying a wedding gift from the registry. However, there is a new tradition that has become much more popular in the last several years- paying for and hosting the bachelorette party.
These expectations are general guidelines of what the bridal party can expect to pay for, but every wedding and every couple is different, prices can vary depending on the extravagance of the wedding. Make sure before asking someone to be in the wedding they can take on the financial commitment, no one should feel pressured to pay for more than they can afford.
The most important thing to remember is that the bridal party is there to make the wedding a little easier on the bride and groom and to make the celebration more fun!
See You Soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez
Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.