One of the most expensive things I've ever done is be a bridesmaid. You shouldn't have to go into debt just to support a friend's love—but the wedding industrial complex relies on bridesmaids having bottomless bank accounts.
I'm getting married in the summer next year. I have 4 bridesmaids and they are all really different in shape/size.
I was going to pay for everything for the girls, as I know it can get expensive, but my FH and myself are prepared to do it. I've paid for their dresses which were between £190-230 (size dependent) and their hair & make-up with trials, which is coming to £125pp. I've also organised an air bnb for the night of for bridesmaids and my parents.
However, like most things involving weddings, this got way more complicated than expected.
However, I really struggled to get them shoes, as every single pair I chose (about 15) at least one of them had an issue with. I was either looking at the same colour as their dresses, or silver, and I had shown them a mix of flats and small heels. Nothing worked.
I suggested that they should each buy themselves a pair of silver shoes in whatever style they felt comfortable with, to make things simpler. 3 of my Maids were happy with this, one even has a pair she already had that she will wear, which is brilliant!