Case study bridesmaids costs
Lisa's bridesmaid experience
Hi, I'm Lisa from the MoneySmart team. My friend Kate has asked me
to be a bridesmaid at her wedding. I am thrilled to be chosen for
this role on her special day, but I want to set a budget so the
costs are affordable for me.
So what budget should I set? I have been a bridesmaid a few
times before, so I know the kinds of things I'll need to spend
Here is my bridesmaid's budget:
|Shoes and jewellery
|Hair and makeup
|Hen's night (dinner, drinks etc)
|Bridal shower (invites, drinks, etc)
|Gift for wedding
I have spoken to Kate about the dress and accessories, hen's
night and bridal shower. She doesn't want these to be too expensive
for me but she also wants everything to be special and memorable.
We have discussed how we can have a great time and not spend a huge
amount of money.
To save money we have discussed:
- Having the bridal shower at Kate's Mum's place, making the
decorations ourselves and asking guests to bring a plate of food to
- Asking guests not to bring gifts to the bridal shower (Kate
says just wedding gifts are enough)
- Having the hen's night at a cheap local restaurant
If you have been asked to be a bridesmaid you should talk to the
bride about the wedding costs. Here are some essential conversation
- What will the bride be paying for and what will you be paying
- If you are paying for the dress, shoes and accessories, can you
have a say in how much they will cost?
- Can you help choose the bridesmaid dress to ensure it is
something you would wear again?
- Discuss how much you can afford pay for these items. This can
be awkward but it will ensure there are no misunderstandings and
keep your friendship intact.
Months before the wedding you should start regularly putting
money aside for your bridesmaid costs. Make them part of your
budget. Try to stick to your
budget as closely as possible. Weddings are emotional events and
spending leaks are common but it is important to your financial
health to stick to what you planned.
Being such an important part of your friend's wedding is very
exciting and you'll want to please the bride and make her happy.
But it's also important not to over stretch yourself and get into
financial trouble. Your friend would not want that for you.
Last updated: 07 Aug 2016