Being a bridesmaid is a real honor, but it also comes with plenty of duties. Of course, you will have to be there to help the bride choose the best dress, the most amazing wedding cake, and the prettiest colors for the wedding décor. And you will also help her get ready on the Big Day, as well as help her make sure the entire wedding runs smoothly.
Beyond all that, though, being a bridesmaid comes with a financial duty as well. Your dress, your makeup, your hair, the pre-wedding events – these things will have to be covered by you. On average, a bridesmaid spends more than $1,000 on every wedding she attends – so it’s perfectly understandable if you want to make sure you budget as much as possible.
What are some of the very best budget tips for bridesmaids? We have gathered them right below – so read on and find out more.
- Take the DIY path with whatever you can. You may not be able to create your own bridesmaid’s dress (especially since the bride will have some requirements when it comes to this). What you CAN do, however, is do your own hair and makeup, for example. There are so many things you can do to your hair on your own, and there are so many makeup tutorials online that it’s really hard to go wrong with this.
- Use an online budget calculator. This may sound silly to you, but even the most basic budget app or online calculator can set your finances in order. In most cases, you will only have to enter your particular details and the calculator will show you how to create a feasible budget you can actually follow without compromising on your friend’s wedding.
- Talk to the bride – or to the Maid of Honor at least. Having financial issues? Talk to your friend and see what can be done to lower the costs. She will be happy to help, especially if you are honest and polite about it. And if you cannot afford being a bridesmaid, that’s totally fine too – just explain this to your friend from the very beginning, and she will understand.
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