The bachelorette party is undeniable one of the more fun bridesmaids' duties — until you see the price tag, that is. For destination parties, for example, you'll have to shell out travel fees such as airfare, hotel, rental car, and restaurant costs, while in-town affairs come with their own set of receipts that stack up, including party favors, décor, and in-town transportation. So, it's totally fair — and just plain good financial planning — to ask who foots that growing bill.
"Unlike a bridal shower, in which the maid-of-honor shoulders the cost, bridesmaids traditionally chip in to cover the bride's portion of the bachelorette party, plus their own," says Alicia Matsumoto, event producer at Alison Events. "It's her last hoorah, and she'll do the same for you when it's your turn!"
If that's not the answer you wanted to hear, take heart with this caveat of bright news. "Bachelorette party costs can vary, depending on what you have in mind, but plan on covering meals, drinks, and fun props or décor," Matsumoto ticks off. "However, for bridal parties planning a destination party, it's fair to expect the bride to cover her own travel."
If you find yourself financially strapped, now's the time to talk with other bridesmaids about what you're comfortable contributing. Bridal parties can also lower costs — or feel good about dishing out the cash they do spend! — by remembering what's really important. "Don't forget that this is about showing your best gal a great night on the town before she gets hitched," says Matsumoto. "Keep the focus on her and make sure you are celebrating in the way she wants!"