Weddings are expensive affairs but not just for the bride and groom…

The bridesmaids have a number of maidly duties they are expected to fulfill and they often require money.

For example, it's a given that bridesmaids have to be at the bachelorette/hen party BUT nowadays hen parties are becoming more and more extravagant. Spa weekend/weekend in Ibiza/Vegas anyone?!

The Wedding Channel from The Knot carried out research into the costs involved in being a bridesmaid and came up with some shocking results:

The average cost of being a bridesmaid is $1,695…yikes!

I found this infographic from fascinating ~ it also provides useful hints and tips for brides and maids on how to keep costs down: {Click it twice to make it bigger}

So what do you think?

Are engagement, bachelorette/hen party AND wedding gifts a step too far?!

Should bridesmaids pay for their own dresses? Especially if it's a colour/style they wouldn't chose for themselves and that they'll never wear again!

Is it fair to ask your maids to put hundreds of pounds towards attending your bachelorette/hen do, on top of the expense of attending your wedding?

Also…I wonder, would the cost be similar for the groomsmen?