For American women, three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and being a bridesmaid. According to one report on average we can expect to serve as a wedding attendant five times —three of them occurring before we turn 27.
Still, it’s a love-hate undertaking. Wedding website The Knot notes that 95% of bridesmaids genuinely enjoy the duty. Standing by a close friend or family member during a milestone most spend their lives dreaming about is a personal, poignant pinnacle in any friendship. But over half, they also say, find the whole thing stressful. If you’re from the Northeast, that rises to two-thirds. Why? For starters, the cost. The average bridesmaid spends $1,200 per wedding. If you count dress alterations, bachelorette parties, or gifts, then it escalates to over $1,820.
That’s a lot. Especially when you consider most bridesmaids are twenty-somethings with early-career salaries.