12 Women Admit How Much It Actually Cost Them to Be Bridesmaids

“It was so annoying to me that I had to spend over $1,000 on my friend’s wedding this year. That is an insane amount of money to spend on someone else. I’m good friends with her, but not good enough friends with her to justify $1,000. I spent a ton of money on the dress, on flights, hotels, rental cars, and then of course, gifts, because you can’t show up empty-handed to a good friend’s wedding.” —Tracey B., 28

Jen Glantz is a “Professional Bridesmaid” and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She’s the author of All My Friends Are Engaged,and her forthcoming book, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire), will be released in 2017. She’s also the creator of the website, The Things I Learned From, and the biggest supporter of the NYC pizza industry.