The following is a worksheet with a list of fixed expenses you can expect as a bridesmaid. Enter the cost of each additional expense (the little extras that are, by and large, optional) and create a budget so you know where all your hard-earned money is going.
A. Dress -
Fill amount from
III. Bachelorette Party
A. To Wedding:
Air fare, Bus
Rental Car, Bus,
C. To Rehearsal
E. To Reception:
F. Tips for
A. Bridal Shower
D. Baby (for those shot-gun weddings)
A. Therapeutic Swedish Massage
C. Ten Years of Freudian Psychoanalysis
B. Six visits with an HMO psychologist
D. Excessive Shoe Shopping
TOTALS: Definite Expenses ______
TOTALS: Additional Expenses ______
- Most bridal salons will give a discount on the bridesmaid dresses if the bride purchases her wedding gown at their store. Ask the bride to inquire about this when she shops for her gown.
- If the bride asks you to pick out your own dress, consider borrowing one. A friend may have just the right style dress hanging in her closet from a previous wedding.
- Try sample sales; call the showrooms of designers located in your city. Ask to be put on their mailing list so you can be notified when they have a sample sale.
- If you need to take a hotel room, see if any of the other bridesmaids or guests can share the room with you.
- Ask if the bridal shop where the bridesmaid dresses are ordered offers an "early bird special." Some shops will give you a discount on your dress if you purchase it by a certain date.
- White silk and satin shoes get put on clearance racks in January and February.
- Some silk shoes can be re-dyed if you need them to be a shade darker than they already are. Try to recycle the shoes you wore for a previous wedding.
- Do your own hair and makeup for the wedding.