In the August/September issue of Brides Magazine, 103 bridesmaids participated in a poll and gave some insight. Among many of the interesting questions such as what a bride should know when choosing her bridesmaids, thoughts about the bachelorette party, and of course the dresses; one thing stood out to me. 73 percent of bridesmaids who were asked what the hardest part of being a bridesmaid was, responded that the expense was the most difficult. As a bride you expect that costs are going to add up because it is your wedding, we may not stop and think about the costs for those involved in our wedding party. Typical expenses are the cost of the attire for the wedding, travel expenses, time off from work, and shower/wedding gifts.
Here are a few ideas on keeping your expenses down without compromising a good time!
1. Choose an affordable dress line for the bridesmaids to choose from, or allow them to choose their own gown. Allowing your bridesmaids to choose their own gown may give your girls a little more pocket change as well as feel more comfortable in their dresses.
2. Plan your bridal shower/wedding related projects and events close together in dates if you have out of town bridesmaids so that they can make less trips without having to miss out on the fun. If you have a bridesmaid or maid of honor who can't attend the final fitting, get creative and see if you can come up with a way to face time or Skype with them in the dress store if the store owner allows.
3. Stay local and plan a night out that won't break the bank. You may be able to live it up in your home town by saving money from airfare and hotels. Get a limo or talk to some of the local bars about having your own VIP table vibe without the out of town price tag!
4. Their presence is gift enough, let your ladies and gents know that you understand they have had to spend money to be involved in all of the events and are just happy they were able to be a part of everything with you!
5. Look for discounts for booking as a group, and try to plan things out in advance. Check for rewards programs and other incentives for travel arrangements.
6. Talk your wedding vendors such as your planner for ideas on keeping your budget in check and you may get some creative tips and advice from vendors. When you network with your professional vendors you are tapping into a pretty great resource!
Money can be a touchy subject, and sometimes you may think that your bridesmaid is checked out from your wedding planning but in reality she may just be stressed with the thought of the financial aspect. Just remember that you are doing all of this to celebrate your love and commitment to each other as a couple, and want to share this with your friends and family!
~ Happy Planning~