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Bridesmaids and best men: supporting the wedding on a budget
As the wedding season is fast upon us, the planning of what will be one of the biggest days for many people’s lives is well under way. Weddings are huge events with a lot of time and money invested in them to make them unforgettable for all involved, especially the couple at the centre of it.
However it is not just a financial commitment for the couple but also for those surrounding them in their closest circle of friends and family. Bridesmaids and best men may find the wedding of one of their closest friends a difficult time financially as they deal with the cost of supporting the bride and groom in achieving their dream wedding.
There are ways to carry out your bridesmaid/best man duties on a budget whilst still participating in all of the events that take place surrounding a wedding. If you have recently been asked to be a bridesmaid or best man and you are worried about the financial cost, we’ve put together some tips to help you support the bride and groom on a budget.
- Be upfront about your budget and financial situation straight away – If you can’t afford everything that comes with being a bridesmaid/best man, it is better to honest about this from the start before you promise more than you can afford. It will help eliminate stress for everyone and don’t forget your friend wants you to be part of their big day and they will not want to bankrupt you in the process.
- Cut costs by having planning meetings via the internet – This will save on travel costs, which is particularly beneficial if you live at opposite ends of the country, as well as other expenses such as food and drink which can soon add up when meetings take place in coffee shops and cafes.
- Talk to guests of the hen/stag do – What is affordable for everyone? Make sure whatever and wherever you book, it is something people can realistically afford so they won’t miss out on this special celebration.
- Book hen party’s and stag do’s as early as you can – This is likely to save money especially if you are travelling abroad.
- Resist the temptation to fill the hen/stag party full of activities – The more activities you book, the more expensive the entire party will be, potentially alienating some who may not be able to afford it. Downtime between events is fine and can be welcome in a packed schedule.
- Consider hiring instead of buying and look to the High Street – This can be a lot cheaper and there are plenty of good, well-made dresses and suits in High Street stores.
- Set a gift budget – Do this for the wedding gift and engagement party (if appropriate) based on what you can realistically afford.
- Planning on picking a big/expensive item from the wedding present list? Split the cost – Get together with the other bridesmaids, best man or ushers and make the present from all of you so it a more affordable purchase for everyone.
- If your dress or suit doesn’t fit properly, take it to a tailor – When it is near the big day and you don’t have time to swap your outfit, a tailor is a great idea as they are usually cheaper than wedding dress and suit shops for any alterations.