With that said, it should come as no surprise that the best men were found to spend an average of $998.78 on the bachelor party, while the maids of honor said they spend an average of $552.33. The results also show that as many as 30% of groomsmen drop $200 or more on gifts, but only 20% of bridesmaids spend that much. However, 28% of both bridesmaids and groomsmen report spending at least $300 on incidental expenses, and 30% of both groups said they spent more money on being part of the wedding than they anticipated, according to a press release. We're assuming, though, that these figures don't account for things like bail money and, uh, "dancers."
Cameron Huddleston, Life + Money columnist for GOBankingRates, sums it up perfectly with this understatement: "[Y]ou should think carefully about whether you can afford the costs of being a bridesmaid or groomsman before saying yes. If you do agree to be part of someone's special day, you certainly should create a budget and stick to it.”