Should I Pay for Out-of-Town Bridesmaids' Hotel Rooms?

Bridesmaids, Etiquette
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Surely there's a happy medium between footing the bill for everything bridesmaids-related—from dresses to accommodation—and asking your attendants to pay all the costs themselves. In our daily etiquette post, our experts will address tough questions about finances, your wedding party, and more.

At least half of my attendants are from out of town. Am I supposed to pay for their hotel rooms? What about all of the dresses?

Attendants usually pay for their own accommodations and attire. You can help them out though, by calling around to local hotels and asking about a discounted rate for reserving a block of rooms. (Also, local friends and relatives might be happy to put up a member of the wedding.) Do keep the big financial picture in mind as you shop for bridesmaids' dresses and choose something within reason. And please, don't force them to get their wedding-day hair or makeup professionally done. However, if you'd like to cover those costs, that's perfectly acceptable.

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