Occasionally, as you know, I do host guest writers on my site. I have been somewhat busy with all my fabulous luxury travels this summer. So I decided to bring on fellow writer, Diana Arnold to help verse y’all in how to save money as a Bridesmaid. We’ve all been there, right? The expensive dresses? The shoes? The matching jewelry? The list goes on, right? So Diana stopped by to give some tips on how to save money so you can appreciate the honor, which is what it’s really all about, right?
Being a bridesmaid can be as much of an honor as a financial burden. Between the dress, the shoes, and the accessories, it doesn’t take long before being a bridesmaid starts to feel less like a joyful honor and more like a pain in the never-gonna-wear-them-again dyed Tiffany blue pumps! The key to making the experience wonderful is to know how to save yourself some money so you can enjoy the moment without the financial stress.
Deals on Bridesmaid Dresses and Shoes
Most bridesmaids may not have the luxury of being able to choose their own dress, but that doesn’t mean having to pay bridal boutique prices. If the bride-to-be is insisting on a dress from a bridal shop, jot down the designer/brand name along with the style number and Google it. Nine out of ten times you can find the very same style for less by ordering online. Share your find with the rest of the bridal party and see if you can get a further discount or at least save on shipping by ordering all of the dresses from the same place. Online retailers, like David’s Bridal, often have newsletters you can subscribe to that offer special deals and discount code to new subscribers. Take the same route for buying shoes too since most in-store styles can be found online for less. With dresses and shoes, always try the styles in question on in the store first so you can be sure you’re ordering the right size.
The Shower and Bachelorette Party
No matter how big or small your role may be in the planning and throwing of the shower or bachelorette, the costs can add up quickly. Save money by taking the time to shop around. If you’re footing the bill for decorations, invitations, or favors for these events, check out party and stationary wholesalers. Shopping in a no-frills warehouse may not be all that glamorous, but saving anywhere from 25 to as much as 75 percent on everything from pretty plates and napkins to invitations and favor boxes will make up for it in the end! And if you’re in charge of buying “naughty” supplies for the bachelorette party; skip the party and novelty stores and instead try adult toy retailers online that offer a huge selection of everything you need along with promotional codes, shipping deals on large orders and other deals.
Using Your Talents to Save Money
If you’re crafty, great with the camera, or even make a mean cupcake, then you can do your duty as a bridesmaid for less by offering to take on a task that you can do yourself. Before the bride-to-be starts delegating tasks, go to her and offer to take care of something that you know you’re good at, like making her invitations, baking for the shower or even the wedding, or anything else you know you can handle with finesse for a great end result. Offering to do something for her gets you off the hook from a potentially expensive task or gift and makes you look good in the process.
Hair and Makeup on the Cheap
Forget expensive salons and spas for wedding day hair and makeup and instead enlist the services of a beauty school student, freelance makeup artist, or talented friend. Right up there with using your talents like we just covered; you can offer to be in charge of hair and makeup without the others ever having to know that you scored a great deal. Just be sure to try them for yourself first so you can be certain that they know what they’re doing and not risk having you or worse—the bride—looking bad on the big day.
Using these tips and thinking outside the box whenever possible can help you make the most of the bridesmaid experience without going broke or looking cheap.