These days, being a bridesmaid can easily cost you upwards of $1500. That's a lot of money considering this probably isn't the only time you'll be a bridesmaid! Maybe you can afford that, in which case, you go girl! But maybe you're like the vast majority of bridesmaids, wishing there was a way to make the honour of being a bridesmaid less expensive.
The costs can add up quickly when you think about everything you need to prep for the big day. Your dress, gifts, throwing a bridal shower and bachelorette party, travel expenses, accommodations and any hair or makeup you get done on the wedding day.
That's why we made this guide on how to navigate the waters of being a bridesmaid - without completely blowing your budget! Read on to figure out how you can support your bestie without needing to take out a small loan.
There's no going back after you've agreed to be a bridesmaid. At least, no way to back out and still remain friends. Instead, just be upfront about your financial situation with the bride right away. Ask her how much she expects you to pay as a bridesmaid, and let her know your budget as well. This open communication will make things easier throughout the whole wedding planning process.
Often bridesmaids are asked to financially contribute to the bachelorette party, bridal shower or other wedding elements. If you can't afford the amount that is being asked of you, try to offer something else that is equally helpful. Maybe you are good at floral arrangements? Offer to do them for the ceremony. Do you have a talent for graphic design? Offer to design the bridal shower invites!
Bridesmaid dresses can be costly, with the average dress costing a bridesmaid around $300. Not to mention, alterations can easily cost another $100. It can be a difficult situation because you want the bride to be happy, but also don't want to spend an arm and a leg on a bridesmaid dress you'll probably never wear again. Instead, choose to rent! It can cut the cost significantly while still being the style the bride wants. BridesMade offers dresses starting as low as $70 with over 30 colours to choose from.
Do you have a knack for hair and makeup? Suggest to your bride that you do your own for the wedding morning! The bride and other bridesmaids can still choose to have a professional come in but doing it yourself will save you big time!
There is no rule that says you have to stay in the 5-star hotel that the couple has booked a floor from. If it's out of your budget, then look for alternative accommodation. Look for an Airbnb instead of a hotel, or, if the weather is nice, try camping!
Gifts are one of those things that you can't really forgo just because you can't afford it. Instead think of ways you can make the gift within your budget. If the other bridesmaids are up for it, you could go splits on a gift for the couple. Alternatively, you could DIY a sentimental gift - every bride will love a homemade scrapbook full of old photos of your friendship. If you really can't afford anything, write a heartfelt card. She will love whatever you end up getting her as long as it is full of love!
All in all, being a part of the bridal party should be an honour! If you are struggling financially and not sure if you can afford the high cost of being a bridesmaid then follow these tips! You'll save yourself hundreds of dollars and lots of unecessary stress.
Lots of love,
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