Research shows that it costs $734 to be a part of a bridal party as a bridesmaid or groomsman, and that's not even including the cost of gifts!

Even worse, 17% of people admit to going into debt to be able to pay for it all! I considered that when planning my wedding and that's why I decided to not have a wedding party. I saved my friends a ton of money and avoided a ton of stress! Skipping a bridal party isn't for everyone though, so if you want to have a bridal party for your wedding and don't want your friends to have to break the bank, here's some suggestions that could help!

  • Choose a dress that is priced reasonably, bonus points if it's a dress they can wear again!  Even better, if you can afford to, help them pay for it as a 'thank you' for being in your wedding!

 

  • Don't make everyone get their makeup and hair done by a pro.  If they want to do it themselves, let them.  It'll probably still look great and save them a ton of money.

 

  • Don't have crazy expectations when it comes to your bridal shower and bachelorette party.  Your bridal party and family are going to plan a nice event for you, they want you to have a great time!  If they aren't able to afford a crazy excursion for you, it's not because they don't want to, it's because it costs a lot of money!  Try not to have any expectations and have an open mind, and you'll have a really nice time!

 

  • Consider having a 'gift limit'...I know, I know, we all love getting presents...but they cost so much!   If you really want to have an engagement party, consider having a 'no gift' occasion.  Consider your friends and family and their budgets...if they're buying gifts for an engagement party, a bridal shower, a bachelorette party and the wedding, they are spending mucho dinero, help them out!

 

  • Be considerate of their time...after all, time is money!   Just be mindful of how many times you ask them to help out on a DIY project or partake in wedding related things.  Sometimes is fine, but keep in mind, they have a life outside of planning your wedding.

If you're getting married, congratulations and happy planning!!  Don't forget to visit us at our Bridal Show this January!