Start Planning Early As soon as you get the “Will you be my groomsman or bridesmaid?” proposal, check your schedule. Be sure to see that you don’t have any conflicting events, such as work, weddings or family affairs. As soon as all is good and clear, start searching for hotels and transportation. Most travel sites offer much better deals when booked early, so be sure to take advantage of the prices. Wait till last minute and you may not want to pay the big sticker price.
Have a Budget
Once all travel plans have been finalized, be sure to put money aside every week or month to pay for all the other expenses that come with the responsibility of a bridesmaid or groomsman. Dresses, tuxedos, haircuts, makeup, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and showers can all be costly. You can try and save money by using some of the outfits you may already have in your closet. No need to spend more money on clothes if you already have some.
In many instances, booking trips as a group will save some money. Flights and hotels can usually be found cheaper online if bought all at once. Booking as a group also puts everyone on the same schedule, which is definitely a plus when it comes to events as important as these.
Gifts come in all shapes and sizes, but what no one really thinks about is how one big gift may be better than a lot of smaller gifts. Team up with your fellow bridesmaids and groomsmen to buy a gift together. The bride and groom will appreciate it much more that it came from everyone working together.
Everyone lives by a different budget, and that’s perfectly fine, but everyone needs to be on the same page. Sometimes the Best Man or Maid of Honor will be running most of the activities, and ask for things that can get pricey. Speak up and say that something is out of your price range. A good group will understand the budget issues and take everyone’s budget into account.
Remember, this is a time for lots of fun and happiness. You are all about to make memories that will last ages. Enjoy yourself and don’t let the small stuff stress you out.
If you are planning a Wedding, Nightlife Event or Party, we would love to discuss some of the options available for you from SCE. So please give us a call, 888-278-0900.