September 17, 2010

The Cost of Being In A Wedding

Firstly, let me say that I am totally honored to be asked to be a bridesmaid in my brother's upcoming wedding. Despite the fact that my future sister-in-law has a million friends and adding us to the mix made the wedding party enormous, she insisted that my sister and I be included. How do you say no to that? Not to mention my husband is an usher and my son is a ring-bearer (THAT should be an interesting moment for a 2 year old...). Most wedding party honorees know exactly what they are getting into and know that this honor is not a cheap one to accept.

Our Costs for The Wedding Party Honor:
Dress: $125
Lingerie (good god... I need a new bustier): $45
Alterations: $75
Shoes: $65
Hair: $50
Mani/Pedi: $50
Tanning (yes... this is necessary... gotta fix my tan lines!): $75
Shower Gift: $30
Bachelorette Party (Bus, Food, Liquor): $100
Wedding Gift: $75 + (not sure what we are getting quite yet...)
Husband Tux: $80 (? could be less)
Ring Bearer Outfit: $30
Ring Bearer Shoes (yup... shoes...): $30
GRAND TOTAL:  a shocking $830

I'm hoping my husband doesn't read this or he's going to freak out about as much as I did when I added this all up.

Did I mention I am also singing in this wedding? My time and talent = no charge. What was I thinking? 

Considering I am amazed that my brother actually met someone as great as lady love, regardless of the cost, I am proud to stand up for him and honored to be included in their memories for many years to come.

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