Normally the first thing couples do after deciding to get married, is then decide who will be in the wedding party. Although couples are now keeping the number in the party to a small intimate number to include only childhood friends and family, some just can’t get that number down, and that is ok! What I always encourage people to keep in mind is the amount of financial strain and obligations that come with being a bridesmaids. This also goes to the person that is being asked. Instead of saying yes and then huffing and puffing with every financial request that hits your inbox, feel free to say NO. This doesn’t mean that you do not have to be apart of the wedding. You can easily be a hostess or even a lady in waiting and doting on the every need of the precious bride.
Recent reports from Mint.com states that the cost of being a Bridesmaid is roughly $1,695, OUCH! This may be a very HEFTY price tag to anyone recouping from our recent recession. Be conscious of this when making purchase decisions for your gals. For example, if you plan to have your girls where a silver sandal that you found that would just be perfect with their dresses, give them the option of wearing a silver sandal they may already own. Also timing is everything, planning for their purchases is equally as important as planning all the other aspects of your big day. If you have over a year or a couple of months before the holidays to plan, why not hit up the after the holiday sales to get some of those items they may need?
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