As a bride planning a wedding, it can be difficutl to choose your bridesmaids for several reasons. One reasons is that it may be challenging to ask a close friend to take on such an expense. As a wedding planner in Santa Barbara, (http://www.myelitewedding.com/) I have seen many brides struggle with this. Here is some advice:
Usually bridesmaids pay for their own dresses, shoes, jewelry, hair, makeup, and travel expenses. To avoid issues on this aspect, it is wise for the bridesmaids to discuss the financial side with the bride beforehand. If someone accepts and then changes their mind, apart from personal illness, a family emergency, or unavoidable work demand, it is not acceptable. Keep in mind that some circumstances are unavoidable however.