Pricey Weddings Leave Bridesmaids Broke

Carey Purcell, writer of "How Being a Bridesmaid Is Driving Me to the Brink of Bankruptcy," shares her pricey wedding stories.
1:57 | 07/02/14

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It's a story I think will hit home for women. The high cost of being a bridesmaid. Spending thousands of dollars from a dress, the travel plans, for somebody else. One author said she has nearly gone bankrupt because of this bridesmaid duty. It's a $50 billion a year industry. From the dress to the venue to the cake, the average American wedding costs nearly $30,000. But it's not just the bride and the groom spending big bucks, it's also the bridesmaids. This is $800. It's on sale. Reporter: A survey shows the cost of being a bridesmaid is $1700, musts like dresses, hair and makeup. Pre-wedding activitieyactivities, the bachelor ret party, and the travel experiences. It can get out of hand. Reporter: She says she's been a bridesmaid numerous times but says she can't do it because -- I can't afford it anymore. Reporter: She got mull. Jobs to cover the expenses. I did a lot of nannying so I didn't go into credit card debt. Reporter: Tips that might ease the pain of the bridesmaid budget busters. A lot of them will go in on a group gift instead of separate gifts. Share cars, share hotel rooms, don't let it get in front of you. Reporter: And Purcell learned the extravagant spa treatments and trips to Vegas aren't as important as the thing a bridesmaid can provide. I don't think that's necessary to feel loved with your friends. It's a lot of money.

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