9 Money-Saving Tips for Bridesmaids
A version of this article originally appeared on Learnvest.com.
If you’re a lady of a certain age—read, in your 20s or 30s—chances are your weekends are filled with weddings and their festive cousins…bridal showers and bachelorette parties.
Being asked to be a bridesmaid is an honor, of course, but one that can come with a hefty price tag. When you have several weddings on your plate that you’re directly involved with, it’s easy to lose sight of where your hard-earned money is going.
There’s also a certain pay-it-forward assumption many women make: Namely, if they’re generous today, they’ll get it all back when they get married. However, life doesn’t always work that way.
Case in point: If your friends get married at 28, and you get married at 33, a lot can happen in those five years, like children and mortgages. They may feel less able to spring for a pricey crystal candelabra, or destination wedding in the Caribbean—when your turn comes around.
That’s why your best course of action is to always stay wed to your budget in the here and now. With these nine tips, you can be a good friend and a frugal bridesmaid at the same time.