Who Pays for What? Bachelorette Party Etiquette
We say money talks, but honestly, talking about money can be kind of awkward. What to do when there’s a big expense (and big expectation), for something as traditional and anticipated as the bachelorette party? Well, the best answer would be…to talk about it!
Normally, the bride-to-be doesn’t pay, and the maid of honor (or all bridesmaids) cover the bride’s share, plus their own costs. Maids of honor: talk to your bride about this! Toss around ideas together, know what the other is expecting, and even if it’s a little weird, talk about the budget. There’s nothing worse than resentfully throwing a party because you weren’t planning on spending as much as you did. If you need other bridesmaids to help shoulder some costs, loop them in as well. Don’t be afraid of a larger group discussion! This will ensure that everyone has the same expectations and a fabulous time.
It’s also important to remember that these celebrations don’t have to be elaborate and opulent. Give the bride a night she’ll remember as one well-spent with her closest friends. If taking an out-of-town weekend trip is in the budget and you know your bride will love it, go for it. But if good times mean a nice dinner out or a night of old movies and great snacks, that’s just as good of a celebration.
The best thing you can do, no matter what type of party you throw, is to make sure your friend knows how much her bridesmaids care about her and support her during an exciting (and maybe nerve-wracking!) time in her life. Nothing speaks priceless like the quality of excellent friendships!