Being asked to be a bridesmaid is truly an honor. However, it can also be very, very expensive. According to CNN, it will typically cost a bridesmaid about $1,695 to be in a wedding. That number includes but is not limited to the cost of traveling, outfits and wedding and shower gifts. Being a bridesmaid could even force you into temporary debt if, say, the bride and groom decide upon a destination wedding on some far-flung island.