The 7 Rules Of Being A Bridesmaid (Without Going Bankrupt)

Illustrated by Jasmin Valcourt.
By Brittany Banaszak  

Your best friend just said yes to the big question and is now rocking some serious bling. Now, it’s your turn to say yes when she asks you to be her bridesmaid — undoubtedly in some oh-so-darling way culled from her private Pinterest wedding board. Cue the tears of joy! You guys have been planning each other's weddings since your awkward tween years and now it’s finally happening. Plus, you get to be one of the lucky ones standing by her on that special day. So without a second thought, you say yes and pop the champagne!

But, let’s get real. Weddings can be expensive as shit. When you agree to be a bridesmaid, you’re probably thinking that you have months, if not a whole year or more, to help plan and save for the upcoming wedding festivities. Why start stressing? You’re not so concerned about saving any money in preparation for something that’s a year away. You’re more likely concerned about shopping for the perfect first date outfit for Friday, buying Christmas gifts for the whole fam, or spending an obscene amount at Lululemon on your quest to being fit and fabulous.

Unfortunately, that time eventually passes. And, boom: The wedding is just a few short months away. You realize that you’re screwed. You have to start dishing out that dough on all things wedding, including, but not limited to: splitting the cost for the bridal shower, paying for the bachelorette weekend, your bridesmaid dress, travel and hotel accommodations, hair and makeup for the day of — not to mention a gift for the newlyweds. After recently being in a wedding this past summer and preparing to be in another, I’ve learned a few things along the way and want to share some tips with you, the bridesmaid on a financial diet.

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