Money Saving Tips for the Bridesmaid on a Budget
The Bride On Mar 27th, 2015 1177 0
Being asked to be a bridesmaid is an honour, and whether it is for a close friend or family member, you are sure to have an extra special time both during the build up to the wedding, and the wedding itself. However, many bridesmaids are often cautious when accepting the role, as being such an important part of the wedding ceremony can end up costing a lot of money. Luckily, UK Wedding Savings has come up with some tips to help you stay within your budget. Keep reading to find out more.
1. Book Travel Tickets and Buy Items Early
The minute that you are aware of the date of the wedding, mark it on your calendar and think about how you are going to get to the venue. If you are going to be taking public transport, it’s wise to book your tickets as early as possible. Not only will the tickets be cheaper, but you will also find that the times are more flexible. You should also consider buying gifts and clothing early. Whilst you will probably be asked to put some money towards a bridesmaid dress, you will still need extra clothing and accessories. Take a look round some cheap clothing stores, or browse eBay to find the perfect items – this way you won’t be forced to impulse buy as the date of the wedding gets closer.
2. Avoid Over-Volunteering
Being a bridesmaid is a big investment in time, but it can also get quite costly as well, especially if you over-volunteer to host a bridal shower or hen-do. Unless the bride is your best friend, and/or has no family of her own, avoid volunteering to plan the event. Contrary to popular belief, hosting a bridal shower is not part of a bridesmaid’s duties. And whilst they certainly can get involved if they want to, the expenses can be large. No-one will think bad of you if you can’t afford it, so if others are willing to take on the responsibility, let them.
3. Don’t Overspend on Gifts
Gifts are another expense that you will be expected to provide, but if the bride is having a wedding, a hen party, and a bridal shower, you may feel a bit under pressure to get three great presents for your friend. The best thing to do is to come up with a budget and stick to it. Some soon-to-be-married couples will provide their guests with a list of items they would like, so if this is the case, choose something that you can comfortably afford. If the couple don’t do this, consider gifting something useful or personal that is within your budget. And remember, homemade personal gifts can be just as well liked, as shop bought items.
4. Speak to the Other Bridesmaids
If you’re struggling to pay for the wedding expenses, it’s likely that the other bridesmaids may be in the same boat. Consider speaking to the other members of the bridal party, and asking whether they would be willing to split the cost of a gift or the hen-do between all of the bridesmaids – this way you can buy something more expensive between you, but also save money.
Being asked to be a bridesmaid is a really big honour for many women. But by keeping the above tips in mind, the expense shouldn’t leave you struggling to pay your rent.