Uploaded on April 11, 2012 by The Knot Powered by YouTube
Need more tips for your bridal party? Go to http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/bridal-party.aspx
When you pick your bridesmaids who will help you through your wedding day, you never intend for them to spend a bundle -- but the expenses can quickly add up. Watch for the five things you can do that will allow your maids to be helpful without breaking the bank.
First, have your maids skip the engagement gift, even if someone is throwing you an engagement party. The best way to do this is by making sure it's a no-gifts-allowed affair, and show you mean it by not registering until afterward. Second, make the bridal shower less expensive by offering cost-effective ways the girls can get involved. For example, they can help by addressing invitations, wrapping favors or even hosting the get-together at someone's house rather than at a restaurant. Next, plan a staycation bachelorette party rather than a trip to Vegas or Miami. By eliminating airfare and hotel rooms, you can save anywhere from $50 to over $500. When it comes to dressing your maids, consider letting them pick their own jewelry, shoes and purses. This gives them the option to use what they already have so they don't have to shell out extra cash on items they may only wear once. Finally, on your wedding day, if you're insisting that the girls get made-up and manicured, offer to foot the bill. If you can't afford it, let them do their own hair and makeup, and trust that they'll look fabulous. Follow these tips and not only will you have happy bridesmaids, but you'll eliminate a bit of stress off your own plate.
For more great wedding planning help check out http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning.aspx
Plan your wedding at http://www.theknot.com with inspiring images from real weddings, 13,000-plus local vendors, personalized planning tools, modern advice and a 24/7 community!