With the summer in full swing, wedding season is also fully upon us. Let’s face it: wedding preparation is pricey! Between engagement gifts, lavish bachelorette parties and head-to-toe bridal party outfits (and alterations!), weddings are not designed for the at-heart penny pincher.
Your new position as a bridesmaid comes with a long list of responsibilities, but it shouldn’t have to come with a huge price tag. Save your hard-earned money with some money-saving tips:
If you have any financial concerns, make sure to communicate them with your fellow bridesmaids in advance. It’s important to you and the rest of the bridal party to be honest and up-front from the beginning.
Find the Sales
The typical stigma surrounding bridesmaids’ dresses is usually tacky! Unfortunately, this stigma can be true sometimes, so why waste money on something you’ll never wear again? Look to the Internet, and use websites like eBay and Twitter to find sample sales in your area. Make sure to speak with the bride first about what kind of dress she is envisioning for her big day.
Pass On the Hair and Makeup
Like dresses, bridesmaids may end up dissatisfied or even frustrated with their hair and makeup come wedding day. Skip the professionals, and primp on your own. Why not try a new eye shadow or have a friend curl or straighten your hair?
The Thought Does Count
If you can’t afford a gift from the bride’s registry, show her you care with a thoughtful gift from a great website, like Etsy, which specializes in hand-made, one-of-a-kind gifts and trinkets. You can’t go wrong with a gift from the heart! If you consider yourself crafty or an artist, you could even make something yourself.
Rather than worry about finances, take time to enjoy every moment as a bridesmaid, and use these tips to give you peace of mind!