Brides aren’t the only ones who have to keep a budget in mind when navigating the wedding journey. Do your besties a favour and share these money-saving tips for bridesmaids’!
It goes without saying, being someone’s bridesmaid is one of the most exciting experiences. But between the hen party, gifts, and of course, bridesmaids dresses, it’s no doubt that costs can rack up, and it can be hard to save money! And when it comes to choosing between everyday spending, and being a good friend, people often find they can’t have their cake and eat it too.
At the end of the day, being a bridesmaid should be fun, and not stress-inducing. And so, we thought we’d put together our money saving tips just for bridesmaids, that will help cut down costs and hopefully remove any fear felt during the journey to the big day.
Money Saving Tips For Bridesmaids
Always Be Honest
Being asked to be a bridesmaid is an honour, and it should be fun! But if you’re in a panic, worrying about all the little costs that are on the horizon, the best thing to do is voice your fears. Be upfront and let the bride know that while you love being a part of her tribe, you’re on a budget, and so can’t afford anything that is too extravagant. If you’re honest early, then the group has the opportunity to be respectful to your bottom line while making plans.
Book and buy everything early. From hotel rooms, and plane tickets, to outfits and bridesmaids dresses. So much money can be saved, and a lot of stress can be avoided when things are planned, and completed ahead of time. The cost of bridesmaid dresses in particular can rack up if you leave things late. Rush fees, express shipping, and a whole lot of stress can be avoided when you arrange your appointments early.
It’s very likely that the other bridesmaids in your gang, also don’t want to cause themselves huge financial harm, so why not team up! Club together and buy one nice group gift from the registry. Or split the cost of an Airbnb for the hen party. And do each other’s wedding morning hair and makeup, instead of splurging on a makeup artist and hair stylist. The more you can work with the other bridesmaids, the more money you can potentially save together.
Dress One Step Ahead
It doesn’t hurt to be forward-thinking! When planning for wedding festivities, invest in a bridesmaids dress that is timeless and versatile enough to be worn again. When shopping, think about how one outfit can go from bridesmaid to wedding guest to dinner party, and choose wisely! You could also consider renting outfits for the hen party, and honeymoon too.
Something Borrowed is Still Something Good
Not every part of your wedding outfit has to be brand new. Jewellery, accessories, handbags, shoes can all be rented or even loaned from a trusting friend. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with a friend who has similar taste to you, and maybe has gone through the whole bridesmaid experience once or twice before. Chances are, they have plenty in their wardrobe they’ll happily lend you.