Recently it is becoming more and more expensive to be a bridesmaid in someone’s wedding; between the dresses, the make up, the shoes, the jewellery, the wedding gift, the bridal shower and the bachelorette, bridesmaids can spend in excess of $1700 for the one day.
So saying no to your best friend or family member is not an option for you, but you would like to participate in the wedding with out breaking the bank; here are 5 tips to help you stay within your budget.
1. Create a budget – The best thing for you to do when you are asked to be a bridesmaid is to decide on the amount you are willing to spend and keep track of your spending. Depending on the date of the wedding you may be able to spread some of your spending out over the course of the time frame of the wedding.
2. The Dress – Do your research on the dress. In this wonderful day and age of the internet you may be able to find the exact dress or similar dress for a reasonable price. Remember just because you pay a lot for a dress doesn’t mean it will be comfortable or photograph well.
3. Party Planning – Try to make the bridal shower and bachelorette party dates within close proximity of each other, so that if there are girls within the bridal party who need to travel don’t have to make a second trip at a later date. This will just add to your already tight budget.
4. Gifting – Why not have all the bridesmaids chip into buying one large gift off the registry; rather than each individually buying a gift.
5. Hotels – Book a suite so that all the bridesmaids can stay in one location, this will allow you to have a few more nights of fun before the bride walks down the aisle and it is easier to split the cost of a suite amongst all of the bridesmaids; rather than trying to cover the cost of an individual room.
Until next time,
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