It’s no secret that being in a wedding can cost a fortune these days. Between hosting the shower and the bachelorette party, buying a gift, hair and make-up, the dress, the shoes, accessories, hotel and often airfare, it’s no wonder that sometimes people must decide between paying more than they can afford or sitting out the wedding.
No bride wants to make the people closest to her make that choice, so here are some ways that brides can provide a little relief.
Make Hair and Make-up Optional
This is the easiest thing to do to help out the maids. Professional hair and make-up is wonderful, but it is not a necessity. No one will know the difference. Besides, you’ve all probably got at least one friend who was a hairdresser in another life, so hand her the round brushes and the bobby pins and save everyone some serious cash.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Naturally brides expect their attendants to buy a dress or suit for the wedding, but as far as everything else goes, there’s no need to purchase new. For example, when it comes to shoes, pick a style or color that you know everyone already owns. They don’t have to match exactly, but if everyone wears a pair of black shoes or nude shoes or whatever, it just makes life easier. The same goes for jewelry. Does everyone need to buy the same pair of matching earrings? If they do, that’s the prefect time to make it a gift. If not, specify a broad category, and don’t stress anymore about it.
Choose a House, not a Hall
For your bridal shower let it be known that you don’t need the girls to rent a hall or the banquet room at a restaurant. A living room or a backyard is just fine.
Plan Events Near People
This is hard to do when so many people migrate to other parts of the country or world, but if possible, request that the bridal shower and bachelorette party take place near the majority of your wedding party. For example, destination bachelorette parties are great (Vegas, anyone?) but if all your attendants are East coasters, plan something a little closer to home.
Keep Cost in Mind
When all else fails, just be mindful of how much people will have to spend. Pick attire that is reasonably priced. Be delicate and diplomatic if necessary and remember that these people are the ones you want celebrating with you.