Bridesmaid Budget

6 Feb

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If your bridesmaids are paying for their own dresses, you could decide on a basic element such as the colour, general length or even the material. The above image from illustrates perfectly how beautiful bridesmaids look in different dresses with common elements. The colours are all of complementary shades and the lengths are all the same. Ask them to choose what they would feel comfortable in and involve them in the decision-making. Taking into consideration, that each person is different, with body shapes as individual as themselves, this is a smart move. You want your bridesmaids to feel comfortable in what they wear. Letting them choose the dress they will be paying for also ensures they are satisfied with the cut, allowing them to re-wear the dresses. Will you be buying their shoes or will they have to pay for them? Get clear on your budget and wishes before you approach any of your prospective bridesmaids.

The women you choose to accompany you on your weeding day should be as close to you as sisters. Not only are your emotions heightened at this time, it is by virtue of the occasion, a selfish time for you. You need people around you that understand these factors, and as such, do not antagonise you for your insistence to have and do things your way. If asking bridesmaids to pay for their own dresses is an acceptable practice for you, choose ladies that are able to do this. Take into consideration the place in which these women are financially. Do not ask bridesmaids to pay for their own dresses if the dresses will be expensive, that is just not fair. If you are insistent, you will have to contribute and subsidise the spend.

When planning your wedding, it is important to consider people you will involve. Consider the fact that your friends will chip in to throw you a hens / bachelorette party. If you come to the decision that you would rather pay for your bridesmaids outfits, you can work the cost into your budget by choosing off the rack dresses that are beautiful and fit the brief. There are always options. Consider them.

Above all else, have an honest conversation about what the bridesmaids will be expected to contribute towards. Travel, board, time off work, hair, meetings, make-up and their attire. Communicate openly that you expect honesty from them in return so as to avoid any undesired awkward miscommunication down the line.


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