Maid of MoneyWord on the street is, being a bridesmaid sucks. In fact, they've made several romantic comedies centered on just this premise! And in addition to being exhausting, demoralizing and degrading, apparently the honor of attending is, along with everything else, also increasingly pricey. In addition to the usual costs of gifts and (more and more often) travel, bridesmaids "are often expected to buy a dress, matching shoes, and jewelry, not to mention professionally applied makeup and nail polish on the day itself. And well in advance of the "I do's," they usually serve as host for a bridal shower, bachelorette party, or both." In fact, TheKnot.com calculates that before travel, the average bridesmaid will pony up $700. Multiply that by 27! [US News]