This Bridesmaid Went Viral For Venting About Bachelorette Party Costs And It's A Movement

A woman named Erin recently caught the attention of over 700,000 people on TikTok after sharing how much she had to pay for a bachelorette vacation.
In her video, she says: "So I'm packing to go on a bachelorette trip this weekend - not a bachelorette party but a bachelorette vacation. We're flying across the country for five days...I wanted to ask folks, how do you feel about the bridesmaids paying the bride's share of the bachelorette party?"
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Erin continues: “We paid for the bride's flight and her share of the Airbnb. It wasn't like we talked about it until we booked the Airbnb, which I find a bit strange. So I booked the Airbnb on my credit card and it was supposed to be around $240 per person - not that bad. But we both had to book a $400 flight.
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“So after we booked this airbnb one girl cancels which made it a bit more expensive for everyone but when everyone hit me back as I was the one who booked the airbnb the maid of honor (MOH) wrote in our bachelorette party -Text - which didn't include the bride - and said, 'Hey, I just saw that the bride Erin Venmoed, what did she make you Venmo for?'"
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Erin explained that the bride venmoed her for her share of the Airbnb. The MOH texted back in the group chat for Erin to give her the money back, saying that they were all responsible for paying for the bride's share of the Airbnb AND her flight, then texted how much each person owed the bride . "I don't know — the whole thing is just weird to me because I obviously agreed to go to the hen party, so it would be weird for me to step down after already booking Airbnb," Erin says in the video.
"And if you're in a group message with nine other girls, you're not going to come out and say, 'Oh, I don't think we should pay for this or I didn't realize it, it's out of my budget XYZ.' I think I just have a problem when someone tells me how much I owe them without asking me if that's an amount I'm happy with. Everyone makes a different amount of money and everyone has a different level of comfort when it comes to spending on a trip like this. So what do you think? Is that normal? This is the first time I've been a bridesmaid for anyone other than my sister. Is that expected? Should I expect that every time I'm asked? bridesmaid? Just for context, the bridesmaids also pay for the shower. We gave the MOH $300 each for the shower," she concluded in her TikTok.
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People in the comments immediately agreed that the bride's travel expenses shouldn't be the responsibility of the bridesmaids.
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And then it opened up conversations about how expensive weddings in general are for the wedding party.
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Let's just say, not everyone sees wedding reception and outing expenses on the same level.
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And that includes the bridal shower...
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However, there were a few brides who let people know that they were the ones who actually took financial responsibility for their hen parties.
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Which I certainly appreciated.
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OK, we wanted to know more, so BuzzFeed spoke to Erin, who happens to be a content creator in the Personal Finance/Gen Z Finance space. “I've built an audience sharing tips on saving, budgeting, and investing. The high cost of being a bridesmaid is never really mentioned and seems to be a taboo subject," she said.
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