Response: Traditionally, the bridesmaid pays for her own treval expenses. But these days tradition has often been outdated by modern truths, such as the cost of treval that is higher than ever. Given that the cost could prevent you from going, its very important that you talk to the bride right away the earlier the better. As a bride, I had a bridesmaid who was unable to afford the expenses of a dress and had to back out. Because she let me know early on, I was able to maneuver around and figure out something else with very minimal stress. Just talk to her. She may not have a problem paying for half or all of the ticket or letting you back out. The sooner you tell her, the more understanding she will be and the less stressful. In the end, if she cant do anything to help you out, you will have to consider not going. You will have to weigh the value of the friendship against the value of the cost of going. The ticket will not be the only cost it is only the beginning.
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