I am a bridesmaid in a wedding. None of the bridesmaids are very close to one another. We really only know one another through the bride. The maid of honor emailed everyone asking for $250 to cover the bridal shower, the gift for the bridal shower, and the bachelorette party.
A couple days later, she sent out an email justifying the expenses, which makes me believe that some of the other bridesmaids will have trouble coming up with that amount. I personally will find it difficult to pay that much also, though it's only money, and I will recover.
I just feel like we could have been consulted more so that we can plan the party within everyone's budget. The bridal shower is in a resturaunt. I have been in 5 weddings previously, and we threw showers at people's homes. Also, I would like the option to pick out a present on my own for my friend's bridal shower. Furthermore, at every bachelorette party I have attended, guests have paid their own way, and everyone there made sure the bride was taken care of.
Anyway, if I were the only one having trouble with this, I would suck it up, but it sounds like other bridesmaids are having difficulty also. Should I try talking to the Maid of Honor, or should I just pay and be done with it?