As my regular readers know, I recently came back from a destination wedding in Mexico, as I was a bridesmaid for one of my closest friends. I've decided to do this post totalling up all the costs, because I'm sure some of you are wondering. I really never kept complete track of it nor did I keep receipts so a lot of it is strictly from memory, but I do have a pretty good one!
Ok here is the list!
$100 (did not actually attend, but emailed her mom and BFF money)
$200 paid back to her sis and BFF after the fact to help cover some of their costs
$100 approx.- gas for drive to Ottawa
$1269 vacation package
$104 cancellation insurance
$30 clinic fee for travel consultation
$35 Dukoral prescription
$25 havrix prescription
Bra: $36 (had to buy a special bra to go with the dress since almost my whole back was exposed)
The bride gave me a gift card for a shellac manicure, I paid extra $5 to upgrade to french and then I gave $10 tip. For jewelry I wore my own earrings, a necklace I borrowed from my mom and a bracelet that was also given to me by the bride for the wedding.
Flight to Ottawa: Free. (paid for by her husband, she doesn't know I'm coming!)
Total Cost: $2353
Holy crap. That's a lot of money!!! It wasn't all strictly to benefit her though. I mean, I did get a vacation out of it. I got a trip to Mexico with one of my best friends and I had the time of my life. My bridesmaid dress is one of those convertible dresses that you can wear like 15 different ways so I will definitely be keeping it for future summer events and may wear it again. I didn't NEED to get those prescriptions but its better to be safe than sorry and now I'm protected for years. Overall, yeah I did spend a LOT of money and I kinda can't believe I spent that much. It didn't seem like that much because it was spread out over a long period of time, so I wasn't thinking about the big picture. Do I regret it? Not at all. She's one of my closest friends, and I know it meant a lot to her to have me be a part of it.