I must be a very good friend and a wonderful sister :) …Why? Because in the last couple of years, I have been a bridesmaid three times. Of course, I have been a bridesmaid in other weddings in the past, but three in two years is pretty amazing. Of course, it was an honor each time, and a joy to be a part of those weddings, but as we all know, weddings are not cheap. It cost money to look good, especially for a wedding! Luckily, there are ways to get around the high costs of being a part of the wedding party. By now, I think it is safe to say I am an expert. Lol.
1. The Dress: Sometimes, you cannot help the cost of the dress. It depends on how particular the bride-to-be is, and we all want her to be happy on her wedding day, right? If she is laid back about it and chooses a color but lets you pick what style you want to wear, then this is where you can really save on a dress. Of course your dresses could also match, but still be budget friendly. I know three bridesmaids that went to Forever 21 and purchased knee-length, black, lace dresses and matched the dresses with pretty black heels, and a cute thin belt with silver detail. They looked awesome and I guarantee those dresses didn’t cost more than $25 at Forever 21. Another place you can get some budget-friendly dresses is at JCPenney.
2. Nails: You do not have to go to the salon to get your nails done. Do you think I did for the last three weddings? Nope! I painted my own toe nails every time, and I used Broadway Impress Press On Nails (which look professionally done btw) and no one was the wiser. Plus, they last up to a week!
3. Makeup: You will save $30-$50, plus tip, if you just do it yourself or have a friend who enjoys playing with makeup do it for you. I always do my own makeup. In the past, I have tried allowing makeup artist to do my makeup and haven’t been pleased with the results, so I just do my own, and I think the photos have come out fine. Below is a selfie I took of myself. Excuse the grainy look (I took this with an iphone 4). Make sure to use makeup with a bit more shimmer, to make your eyes or cheeks sparkle a bit.
4. Hair: Ok, I will admit that I have done it all. I did my hair once for a wedding, cost $0. I once had my hair done by a traveling hairstylist, cost $0 (bride paid for it as a gift). I also had my hair done at a salon (picture above), cost $50. In the most recent wedding, my sister (the bride), quickly fixed my hair for me, and she did a great job, cost $0. My sister is talented with makeup and hair, and since I was sick the day of her wedding (sad, but true), she offered to fix my hair, which took her like, 15 minutes, and it came out beautiful.
My recommendation is to try doing your own hair first. Try a few hair styles. Actually, I highly recommend this book, which I plan to do a review on down the road, since I love it so much, “Braids, Buns, and Twists!” Or click on the picture of the book below if you are interested in looking at pics in the book for purchase (I have included affiliate links in this post at no extra cost to you, though I do receive a small commission if you do decide to purchase). The author of the book is a blogger at Hair Romance, if you are interested in more hairstyles you can do yourself. The side bun I have in the pic above was inspired by a picture in this book. I love it, check it out.
5. Accessories: I don’t spend a lot of money on my accessories. If you already have it and it is in great shape, use it. Let’s say that you don’t have wedding appropriate costume jewelry, then I recommend going to New York & Co., Macy’s, and Claire’s and look for the best deal. You can, seriously, walk out of there and not spend a fortune on jewelry. I am guilty of going to Claire’s and spending $20 before on earrings, and a necklace/bracelet combo (see my pic above). If you already have shoes that match your dress, then there is no need to buy new shoes. Clean them up good and wear them to the ball! Trust me, I have a pair of silver shoes that matched each dress I wore these past few weddings, and with just reuse alone, I saved $200. I also have a matching clutch that I always use. Sometimes, you can’t help to buy, but if you do, research what is out there, but my favorite places to buy shoes are DSW Shoes, Macy’s and Dillard’s. You will get your best quality shoes and clutches there at a fair price.
Let me know if this eased your mind some about the cost of being a bridesmaid. Maybe you thought you needed to do one thing or another and after reading this it helped you to decide on sticking to a budget versus spending the money. I hope this guide helps!1 Like!