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.”
No matter what, it'll all be worth the money when you realize it might be closest you'll ever be to getting married. OK, OK, we're just kidding. Calm down.