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

Our local bridesmaid can save some cash by participating in the group gift

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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