Being a bridesmaid, while quite a honor and very fun, can be a costly and time-consuming role, so it is important that you understand what you are committing to before accepting. While duties and responsibilities can vary by wedding and couples’ needs, here is a basic list of common expectations:

You will pay for the following: your attire, a gift to the couple, and travel costs. The couple should arrange for your accommodation.

Attend any wedding-related events that you can, such as engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette party, rehearsal, and rehearsal dinner.

Assist the couple with specific duties that they might assign to the group, such as helping with invitations, or going to a cake tasting.

Perform ceremony role.

At the reception, help as needed by chatting with guests, standing in the receiving line (if applicable), participate in pictures, etc.