Weddings are a time of great joy and fun, especially when you get to make your closest girlfriends your bridesmaids. However, there is a downside, and that is the cost of everything a bridesmaid needs to buy to be in your wedding party. Dr. John Keefe wants you to be mindful of the fact that not all bridesmaids are capable of spending a couple of hundred bucks on a dress, shoes, and traveling. Here are some great types to ensure you are not helping your friends break their banks while still getting what you want on your wedding day.
Consider picking a color, and not a dress.
One of the most expensive things about being a bridesmaid is purchasing the dress. It would be a real shame if your good friend could not stand up in your wedding because she simply could not afford the gown. You can head this problem off right from the start by choosing a color instead of a dress. This means that your bridesmaids can purchase any dress that they can afford just as long as the color is the one you chose.
Insist that the bachelorette party is small and sweet.
If you know that your maid of honor is hard up for cash, don’t insist upon an all-out bachelorette extravaganza. Instead, detail to her that an intimate affair at your favorite restaurant will work just as well. You do not need the elaborate party bus, band, and fine dining experience. John Patrick Keefe II says that a small gathering of friends is far more exciting than getting hammered and not remembering your bachelorette party at all.
Don’t be closed minded about shoe options.
Again, this falls into the same category as the dress. Shoes can be a huge expense for a bridesmaid. Be open to suggestions about the types of shoes your girls will wear. You could go with the color theory again, and simply let them all pick an affordable shoe in the color of your choice. It pays off to be flexible in the end as you want all of your bridesmaids to be happy that they agreed to stand up in your wedding party.
Give the gift of accessories.
Buying jewelry to wear as a bridesmaid can get very costly, even when you get it from Claires. Surprise your bridesmaids with bridal party gifts that contain accessories. You can give these to them during your bridal shower. This allows them to save money on purchasing jewelry and something they can keep forever as a memory of your special day.
Keep the wedding and reception short and sweet.
Moreover, by that, we mean, keep the festivities limited to one day. Dr. John Patrick Keefe says that wedding receptions that last an entire weekend are just overkill. Your bridesmaids might not be able to get out of work for that long, find childcare, or afford the costs associated with such an extravagant wedding adventure.