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The Cost of Being a Bridesmaid, First Flash Mob Wedding and a Budget Bride’s Budget

WeddingChannel.com members give us the lowdown on Facebook, Twitter and message boards.

It Cost $1,695 to Be a Bridesmaid

You’d do anything for your BFF, including wearing a taffeta bridesmaid dress for her wedding. But should going into debt be on the list of to-dos? According to this article we posted on our Facebook page, the average cost of being a bridesmaid is $1,695. Check it out, and see what our fans had to say:

"Friends have asked Brianne Bricker to be their bridesmaid so many times, that this summer she finally had to say 'no.'

It's not that the 24-year-old didn't want to be in her friend's wedding, but after spending more than $5,000 on nine weddings over the last two years, she literally just can't afford one more.

'It's hard, because she's somebody I'd want to have in my wedding,' Bricker said, referring to the bride she turned down who is a close college friend.

But Bricker isn't the only bridesmaid to feel the burden of wedding expenses.

After adding up the cost of the dress, accessories, travel expenses, wedding gifts and more, WeddingChannel.com found that it costs about $1,695 to be a bridesmaid. The estimate was based on a 2010 Real Weddings study that surveyed more than 20,000 brides nationwide.

>Read more on CNN Living

Here's what our fans had to say:

"Yes, I know! The dress, shoes, hair, makeup and gifts. Anything for my BFF :)" Sosiree

"My daughter has put out close to that for her brother's wedding!" Sherry

"If the bridesmaids are paying for themselves, it's only fair that the bride sticks to a reasonable budget and keeps expenses down." Matilda

>See more on Facebook

First Flash Mob Wedding

It's true that the average age of a bride and groom is going up. You might thank this gent for raising the curve. Our followers loved this article we posted on Twitter:

photo via Mail Online

"A British couple has become the first in the UK to have a flash mob wedding.

Darryll and Sam Low and their 70-strong congregation sprang the surprise ceremony on unsuspecting members of the public visiting Netley Abbey near Southampton, Hampshire.

Guests had been instructed to turn up at the English Heritage beauty spot on the day, pretend to be visitors and listen out for a musical cue.

As soon as a violinist struck up a song, the congregation, some wearing suits and dresses, others in T-shirts and shorts, swiftly arranged themselves.

Amazingly, in under 90 seconds a makeshift church had been arranged -- complete with aisle and flower-topped pew ends.

>See more on Mail Online

A Budget Bride's Budget

Want to know what the average couple is spending on their wedding? The budget board discusses their spend, and here's what they had to say:

"In the US, the average wedding runs around $27,000. However, it can be as little or as much as you like. In truth, a wedding should cost only as much as you (or whoever is paying for the wedding) are comfortable spending. My entire wedding -- cake, dress, reception, ceremony, rings, all of it is running under about $18,000." TexanMolly

"Here in the NYC area is is not uncommon for venues to cost 30K." HobokenBride

"My average venue cost is about $16,000 for 250 people." M2ssJ

>Get more ideas on our Budget board

-- Anne Roderique-Jones