Katie Lopez, bridesmaid in Miami
"I got married the year before Leslie did, so I had a pretty good sense of how much bridesmaids usually spend. What meant a lot to me was how accommodating Leslie was—she wanted us to find dresses we all liked, and shoes we'd wear again. It showed how much she valued our being part of her wedding day."
Bridal shower gift: $50
"At the shower, which Leslie's mom and godmother hosted, I gave bath linens from the registry."
Bachelorette party: $700
"We went to New York City for a four-day bachelorette-party getaway. We stayed at my sister's apartment, which saved us from having to pay for a hotel; the money I spent went to airfare, transportation, meals, drinks, and a Broadway show."
Bachelorette party gift: $50
"At the bachelorette party, I gave Leslie a tote customized with her and her fiancé's names."
Bridesmaid dress: $270
"The bridesmaids all wore flowy chiffon Jim Hjelm dresses we found at a boutique in Coral Gables."
"We bought strappy Pelle Moda heels for the wedding, and Leslie gifted us with beautiful earrings, as well as a clutch and bracelet from J.Crew."
Hair and makeup: $105
Claud's Makeup Corner, 786-375-1215; Lourdes Lopez, 786-573-1513
"Leslie got a room at the Viceroy Hotel so we could stay with her the night before the wedding, then the next morning get ready for the ceremony. Each of us paid for the pros who came and did our hair and makeup."
Wedding gift (cash): $50
Total amount: $1,305