Here comes, the bride and her bridesmaids, who are wondering how they're going to pay for everything involved with the wedding. When your best friend gets engaged to the love of her life and asks you to be a bridesmaid, you accept and are really happy to do it. Your next thought is, "Am I going to have to take out a loan to pay for all of the wedding events?"
Okay, that might be a bit overdramatic, but it's definitely true that being a bridesmaid can mean paying for several gifts, a bachelorette party, and more. When it comes to the bridal shower, there are tons of ways that you can save, which you and the other bridesmaids will love. Here are 10 bridesmaid secrets to save money on the bridal shower.
10 Make It A Potluck
Would anyone be upset to get invited to a bridal shower that was a potluck? It really doesn't seem like it. The whole point is to celebrate this time in your friend's life.
If you make the bridal shower a potluck, everyone wins and everyone saves money. You'll each be responsible for bringing a dish and you can choose if you want to make something simple or elaborate. You can spend as little or as much as you want. You can cook or buy something from the store. This is great for a brunch, lunch, or dinner.
9 Suggest Each Bridesmaid Help With Something In Lieu of Gifts
Weddings are fun and they can bring a lot of stress. You have probably asked your friend how the planning is going and she's said, "Oh my gosh, I'm so stressed out." Even if she didn't, her face totally gave her away.
There are so many ways that you and your fellow bridesmaids can help. It's a great idea to stay that instead of giving gifts, you guys will all help with one wedding-related thing. Maybe your friend would love for you to hire the DJ or brainstorm some flower ideas with her. It could be a huge help.
8 Go In On A Gift Together
If the other bridesmaids still want to give a bridal shower gift, or you know that the bride would rather have that, you can still save some money. How? You and the other girls can go in on a gift together.
This could be cheaper than each of you buying individual gifts and you can still get something really nice that the bride will love. Plus, it's the thought that counts, right? She's not going to complain that she's not getting tons of gifts.
7 Host It Somewhere For Free
When you're going to host a party, where do you have it? Paying for a party room at a restaurant can really add up, especially when you think about all of the other things that you're paying for when it comes to a bridal shower.
Save some cash and have it somewhere that costs you absolutely nothing. If someone has a great backyard, if your condo has a party room, or if you want to just have it in your or the bride's apartment, that's honestly a good call.
6 Have A Cocktail Party Instead Of A Sit-Down Dinner
So the bride really wants her bridal shower to happen in the evening? That's okay. You don't have to break the bank and all go in on a sit-down dinner that is going to cost as much as the rehearsal dinner or even the wedding itself.
Have a cocktail party and you'll be able to save. Think appetizers that are simple and everyone could even bring their own drinks. No one will mind because everyone is coming to celebrate.
5 DIY The Party Favors
Some couples choose to give guests party favors before they leave the wedding, and some brides might want to give their bridal shower guests some gifts, too. Sure, that's nice... and costly.
You can DIY the party favors and give out products that cost $5 that are still fun, or you can create beautiful cards to thank everyone for coming. If one of you is a culinary superstar, you can even make granola or something equally fancy and delicious and give that out as a party favor.
4 Make Simple Decorations
Chances are, there is a crafty and artistic person in the wedding party. It could be you, it could be another best friend of the bride, or her sister or aunt. There has got to be someone who would be more than happy to make some simple decorations for the bridal shower.
This will save you money since you don't have to hire an outside planner to coordinate everything. You'll need to take a trip to the dollar store or a craft store to get some things. You would be amazed at the stuff that you can get for $50 or under.
3 Splurge On One Thing The Bride Really Cares About
Yes, your friend is getting married and, yes, she's decided that she wants a bridal shower. That doesn't mean that she's going to be a monster about it – well, hopefully not, at least.
You can talk to your friend and ask her what's one thing she really cares about when it comes to the bridal shower. Maybe she really wants a fancy cake from her favorite bakery, or maybe she wants some pretty flowers that cost a little bit extra. Once you know what she really wants, you guys can all chip in and she'll be happy. You can save where it counts and splurge where it counts, too.
2 Decorate With Plants
Succulents are becoming really trendy and so many people love to put them in their homes, apartments, and even include them in their wedding decor. They could help save money on the bridal shower, too.
This adorable idea comes from Pinterest (like so many awesome ideas) and involves decorating your bridal shower with plants. You can get mini succulents from your local greengrocer. They are too cute, along with being very affordable.
1 Combine The Bridal Shower And Bachelorette Into One Event
Who says that you have to have a bridal shower and a bachelorette party, especially when some bachelorettes have become beach vacays?
It's totally okay to combine these two events in one. It'll be easier on everyone since it'll save money. You can still have a fun time, while not being worried about your finances. This is an exciting time in your friend's life and you want to celebrate this magical milestone.