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Bridesmaid on a Budget (Part 4): Do I Need to Give a Wedding Present If the Bridal Party Is Already Planning a Group Gift?

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We all know weddings are expensive, so bridesmaids shouldn’t be too surprised by the amount of financial commitment involved in their roles, either!

Dear Wedding Guru: “I knew when I said ‘yes’ to be a bridesmaid at my girlfriend’s wedding that it would involve time, effort, and money. That being said, I’ve never heard of a gift from the wedding party to the bride — on top of the one I’m giving her from me, personally. What is that and can I get out of it?”

(Our answer on next page)

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The Wedding Guru says: There’s a lot of financial obligation in being a bridesmaid, so make sure you think long and hard before accepting the honor. The gift from the wedding party is not a must traditionally, but it sounds like you are stuck with it here! If the bridal party has committed to a group gift, you may wish to pare down your personal one — or eliminate it altogether.

A very classy bride, particularly one who has been a bridesmaid herself, would not accept a gift from her bridesmaids: their gift to her is their support on her big day!

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