How to Save Money as a Modern-Day Bridesmaid
If you’ve been asked to be someone’s bridesmaid, you’re in for a lot of fun. It’s an honour to be a part of the bride’s journey, but it doesn’t come without a price tag. From a bridesmaid dress to a gift and travel expenses, it pays to start saving before the big day. However, don’t despair. Here’s how to save money as a modern-day bridesmaid without sacrificing any of the fun!
Book in Advance
Planning everything in advance always helps you save more than a few bucks. The minute you know the date and location of the wedding, it’s time to start booking. Booking hotels and transportation earlier allows you to take advantage of lower prices. If you’re early enough, you can even wait around for special deals on accommodation and flights to pop up and lower chances of delay.
It’s always nice for the happy couple to receive gifts on their special day. If they have a gift registry, make sure you check it out quick. You’ll notice that if you wait until the last minute, all of the items that are reasonably priced will already be taken. Kitchen accessories make affordable and functional gifts, and more often than not, they will appear on a gift registry.
If you do happen to get to the registry late and the only thing left is a $500 vacuum cleaner, don’t fret. Ask around to see if other wedding guests or bridesmaids would like to split the cost. It’s important to remember, the bride will appreciate the support you’ve given her so far and whatever gift you end up choosing will only be the cherry on top!
Having bridesmaids choose their dresses are becoming increasingly popular in modern-day weddings. Choosing a bridesmaid dress can be a challenge. You’ll have to cater to the bride’s requests and co-ordinate with fellow bridesmaids. Remember, you can still stay within the theme on a budget.
Investing in a high-quality piece doesn’t mean you’ve thrown your money away. Selling your dress after the wedding can help you reduce costs significantly. If you don’t want to buy a dress and have to sell it after, there are plenty of bridesmaid dress rentals around – a great option if you don’t have the money upfront. Most of them have stunning designer selections too!
Hair and Makeup
It’s no surprise that although you can’t look better than the bride on her special day, you still want to be on par. Getting hair and makeup done professionally can cost a lot, so this is an area where you can save a lot of money. Of course it’s great if you have the skills to do everything yourself, but not all of us have the talent. Ask the other bridesmaids if they know how to do hair and makeup and get together beforehand to prep. If no one knows how, try booking somewhere that does group discounts to save a couple of bucks.
The final and most important tip is to be honest with the bride. If she’s asked you to be her bridesmaid, she’s trusting you, which means you should do the same with her. Tell her what you can and can’t afford. If it’s not within your finances to be a bridesmaid, let the bride know that you will still be there on her special day and when needed to support her.
It’s a special day, and it’s your job as a nominated bridesmaid to support the bride. Although there are costs attached to your role, it doesn’t mean you have to be anxious. With these helpful tips and some careful planning, there’s no doubt you’re going to have just as much fun as the bride.
Cloe Matheson is a freelance writer from NZ and has been writing about a diverse range of topics from career development, technology, finance and lifestyle and for local businesses such as Poynters. You can read more of her published works on Cloe’s Writings.