Q:I was delighted when I was asked to be a bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding but shocked when the maid of honor said the bridesmaids were expected to host and pay for the bridal shower. As a college student, I can’t afford to pay for a dress, gift, and shower. Am I required to host the shower?
A:No-and it was out of line for the maid of honor to tell, not ask, you to do so. Although a bridesmaid often co-hosts and helps pay for the bridal shower, it’s strictly her option whether to offer or decline.