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Bridesmaids- Ask them to skip the gifts

Post date: 1/15/17
Updated: 12/24/18

Since being a bridesmaid can come with quite the hefty price tag, it's always helpful to keep your bridal party and their budgets in mind when making plans and picking out the details. If you're looking for a way to cut costs for your bridesmaids, here are four ways you can easily save them quite a few bucks. Related: (previous post) 11 Wedding Etiquette Tips - The Bridal party

1. Keep things local
Instead of jet-setting to someplace across the country (or even out of the country!) for your bachelorette party, plan the weekend of girl time someplace local. Have a giant slumber party at your apartment or book a hotel room in a less touristy area.

2. Let them pick the dress 

You may have an idea of the kind of dress you'd like your bridesmaids to wear on your big day, which is how it should be. But, rather than picking out the actual dress you'd like them to purchase, instead give your girls more freedom by just picking out the color or style and letting them find a dress in their price range. 
Related: (previous post) Bridesmaids dress breakdown Pick the dress 

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3. Ask them to Skip the Gifts
Your bridesmaids may feel pressure to give you gifts throughout your wedding adventure. If you're feeling generous, give your bridesmaids a heads up that they don't have to buy you anything for your wedding — and that their time and energy as your bridesmaid is the greatest gift of all. 
Related: (previous post) Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses

4. Suggest Accommodations

If your bridesmaids are flying in for the wedding and looking for a place to stay, try to find them a special rate hotel nearby or even see if local friends and family members can host them so they can save a few hundred dollars for the weekend.

Here is another option, you can Skipping the tradition altogether. It's your call.

Related: (previous post) Dress Shopping 

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