Let’s face it, being a bridesmaid can be a pricey honor. For the most part, bridesmaids are expected to pay for their own dress, shoes, and more. Factor in possible event costs, beauty regimes, and travel expenses–we are talking about a huge chunk of change. It can be a bit much for some. Luckily, there are some simple ways to help them NOT break the bank.
Choose their Own Dress
By giving your bridesmaids the freedom to choose their own dress, you are allowing them to work within their particular budget. Consider giving them a handful of choices of dresses under $100 (or whatever price point works). Give them some direction as far as color and formality, and let them go from there. If your wedding is more casual, another practical option is to let them wear something they already have. For example, most ladies have that little black dress in their closet. Why not let them wear that and just use accessories to bring in your wedding colors? Free is always best!
DIY Hair and Makeup
Getting makeup and hair professionally done for a wedding can be super expensive. If you and your bridesmaids feel comfortable with DIY hair and make up, problem solved! If not, there are loads of tutorials out there, so take a look at some and see what you all agree on. Finally, don’t discount friends and family for help. Do you know someone who is a stylist or esthetician? If so, why not ask them to do your bridesmaids’ hair as your wedding gift?
Nix The Nails
When on a budget, eliminating the pricey mani-pedis can be a huge money saver. Simply let them give themselves or each other the task. It could be fun! Mani/pedi party, anyone? But, If you are really set on your bridesmaids having professionally done nails, buy them a gift certificate to the spa as the bridesmaid gift!
The bridal shower and your bachelorette party can both be a strain on the bridesmaid budget. The obvious way to keep the cost down is to keep it simple. Have a smaller, low-key gathering. After all, it’s about having fun with your BFFs, not about extravagance. Another option, especially for those who are traveling, is to combine the two events. Think about having a girls weekend in a cute Airbnb (split the cost) that will house everyone for a night or two.