From the bridesmaid dress, shoes and accessories, to hair and makeup for the wedding day, to throwing the bridal shower and bachelorette party, (and whatever else the bride would like you to contribute to as part of celebrating this big occasion in her life) you end up with a big expense.
While supporting your soon-to-be-married friend is a great thing to do, you also need to make sure it makes financial sense for you. You shouldn't be racking up debt for your friend.
Before you commit to being a bridesmaid — and the costs associated with it — you need to ask yourself if you should even be in the wedding. Being a bridesmaid is a huge time and financial commitment, so before you make that decision you should make sure it's worth it.
If you are not close to the bride, you might want to pass on being in the wedding and instead just buy a really nice gift from her registry
Help out in other ways:For instance, if the costs of the shower are too high for you after splitting it with the other bridesmaids, you can offer to create the decor and find a cheaper way to do it or offer to cook the food or bake the treats for the event. You can definitely cut some costs this way.
Politely say no: As a last resort, if your friend won't budge from what she wants and you just can't afford it, then you can politely say no. Offer to help out at the wedding: help with the day-of coordinating, ushering guests, setting up the decor or just come as a guest and purchase a lovely gift.
Remember, being a bridesmaid can be a lot of fun; you just don't want to be broke at the end of it all!
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