There has been constant questioning about what does the bridesmaid pay for? Many brides ask me who should buy the bridesmaids dress. In a traditional American wedding the bridesmaid is responsible for her own wedding apparel. The bride would buy her a gift which usually is a piece of jewelry or a purse that goes with the dress. The bridesmaid is responsible for her own transportation, she should plan the bridal shower and also give the bride and groom a wedding gift.