If you are a bridesmaid, then you will want to continue to read this article.
Being a bridesmaid can be a costly endeavor that could have you spending hundreds and up to one-thousand dollars.
You want to be supportive of your friend on her big day, but you don’t want to go into debt for the wedding.
Here are some ways that you can avoid going into debt and continue to have a great time at the wedding.
Carpool To Events
You may find yourself being asked to be present at multiple locations.
From picking out the bride’s dress and bridesmaids dresses, showing up for a fitting, offering support when picking out decorations, attending the bridal dinner and the bachelorette party you will notice that the amount of gas in your vehicle will run slim.
Try to carpool with the other bridesmaids to the majority of these events and split the cost of gas or take turns paying.
Take Advantage Of Sales
This depends on how much notice you are given before the wedding.
If you have many months or even a year to prepare, then there are ways that you can save money by watching for upcoming sales.
In November some bridal shops participate in the Black Friday Sales where you can get a substantial discount.
If you are attending a destination wedding, then you will want to keep your eye on the prices of flights and hotels and book your reservations a few months in advance.
Network With Friends And Family
To save money, you can try to utilize skills that your friends and family possess to style your hair, do your makeup, hem your dress, or lend you some shoes and accessories.
It may sound like a scene out of Cinderella, but you need to use what you have, so use your charm and ask nicely.
Divide The Cost
Work with the other bridesmaids to split the cost wherever you can.
If you need to stay at a hotel, then convince the bridesmaids to share a room and divide the cost or suggest a rental home for the wedding weekend.
Instead of having to purchase an expensive gift for the couple, have all the bridesmaids chip in to buy one gift from the group.
Volunteer To Help
Contribute to the wedding planning by doing some research and finding great deals on anything and everything that will help you and the other bridesmaids save some money.
You can find outlets that sell new shoes at discounted prices and sales on accessories.
You can search for deals on hotels and attractions for the bachelorette party or bridal party.
If you know someone in the bridal party that is crafty, you maybe can enlist their help to make the corsages and bouquets instead of spending more money at a flower shop.
Use What You Already Own
Do you remember your school dances?
There might be something hiding in your closet that you can still use towards being your friend’s bridesmaid.
If you own shoes that will match your dress, then wear them.
Check out the dresses hiding in the back of your closet and see if any would be suitable to wear at the bridal shower.
When scanning through your jewelry, you might realize that you already own the accessories that you could wear to the wedding.
Earn Extra Money While Your Kids Nap
If you are really pressed for money, there are a number of things you can do while your kids are at school or napping.
Take surveys while watching TV or while dinner is cooking, sell items you’re no longer using or wear, and put all of these extra earnings toward your bridesmaid costs.
Weddings are expensive, but that doesn’t mean that you need to go into debt to be a part of your friend’s once in a lifetime event.
Follow these tips, do some research, and hustle your way towards walking down the aisle.
It will take work and preparation, but you can still look fabulous on a stretched budget.
YOUR TURN: How many old bridesmaid dresses are in your closet? Have you ever worn them to another event? Let me know in the comments below!
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