Being a bridesmaid can be spendy business, especially if you have more than one wedding this year. From the dress, to the gifts, travel and accommodations, bridesmaids are spending more than a few shiny pennies. Luckily there are ways to save up until the big day! Here are 5 ways to save money as a bridesmaid!
If you are planning the bachelorette party or bridal shower chances are your Amazon or Etsy shopping cart will be filled with items that will likely make their way to the trash the next day. Instead try some do-it-your-selfers and put your creativity at the forefront and try some DIY projects! Bonus? Submit your project to be featured on It Girl Weddings!
STALK TRAVEL SALES
Travel and accommodations is not only for the wedding weekend, I’m talking the bridal shower, bachelorette party and being there for her #ISaidYesToTheDress moment. Set travel alerts as soon as you have the dates for the pre-wedding events and try to book before prices surge a month before the date.
SPEAK UP EARLY
One of the biggest ways to save money as a bridesmaid is to speak up! Let your financial constraints be heard upfront, chances are other bridesmaids might have the same constraints but are too shy to speak up. Offer other less expenses alternatives when coming up with bachelorette party ideas and locations and find ways to get a bulk discount.
IT’S OK TO SAY NO
If you can’t afford to fly out every time the bride needs you, it’s ok to say no. If you can’t afford to attend both the bridal shower and bachelorette party let the bride know early and be sure to send a gift. A gift will be far less expensive than your travel expenses.
Set a realistic budget and stick to it. After you get the dress, travel and bride tribe coozies and you are at budget, tell her you will do your own hair and makeup rather than opting for professional hair and makeup. You will still look beautiful and be standing by the brides side, which is all that matters.