By Raechel Conover, Cheapism.com
It's no secret that weddings are expensive. In fact, WeddingStats.com reports that the average cost of a wedding this year will reach nearly $27,000. And, as we noted in a previous Cheapism blog post, the average wedding guest spends between $550 and $700 per wedding - and that's just as a guest. So listen up, bridal party members: You may be expected to dole out some cash for the bridal shower in addition to your outfit, gifts, and bachelor/bachelorette party.
For bridal shower ideas that will leave you solvent after the big day, read on.
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Split the bridal shower expense. Just because you're the bride's maid of honor, or sister, or mother in-law, or whatever title makes you feel obligated to host the bridal shower solo - don't. It's completely acceptable to ask all the bridesmaids to pitch in. If you do go this route, the wedding site The Knot stresses that you be clear upfront about what