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Will You Be My Bridesmaid?
It starts with a question that leads to a ring, which ends up as a picture on Instagram, and is shared on Facebook. Yep, he asked and she said yes! Weeks later, you find a charming note in your mailbox asking you to stand beside her on the most important day of her life. You, my dear, are a chosen one… also known as a bridesmaid.
Since 2010, I have been in seven weddings and I witnessed fifteen of my girlfriends walk down the aisle toward wedded bliss. I have taken off work and flown clear across the country in support of LOVE, but the support LOVE can come at a hefty price tag.
She Said Yes, But Should You?
It is truly an honor to be asked to be in someone’s wedding, but before you say “yes”, you need to understand what you are getting yourself into before you make that commitment. Just like in a romantic relationship, money can throw a major wretch into your friendship if you are not honest with yourself and the bride about your financial situation. As a bridesmaid, I have paid for gowns, shoes, hair, mani/pedi, makeup packages, jewelry, liquor, plane tickets, hotels, car service, engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, and décor elements for the actual wedding. I didn’t even mention the wedding gift…eek! Once you accept the invitation to become a member of the bridal party, you are in for richer or poorer.
Back in 2011, the Wedding Channel estimated the cost of being a bridesmaid averages around $1695. This was based off a survey of more than 20,000 brides in 2010. Imagine was the average is now. It always makes me wonder how Katherine Heigl could afford to be in 27 weddings, plus her own, on a personal assistant’s salary. For me, I used the envelope system before I even knew exactly what that meant. I set aside a certain amount of money each check for each bride. Sure, for some of the weddings I did have to use supplemental funds, but it is better than having to pay an unplanned lump sum at the last-minute.
Brides, be nice to your bridesmaids…your chosen ones. These are the ones who are holding you down during one of the most beautiful and stressful times of your life. Bridesmaids, remember that your bride is a bride only once (fingers crossed) and she has a vision for her day. If you are both honest from the beginning, then you lessen the chance of unrealistic expectations from both sides.
How Many Weddings Have You Been In?
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I have recently been introduced to the curling wand and while I love the results, I’m not sure my hair is loving the amount of heat that it requires to keep up the look. I don’t see a problem using it now and then, but when I first got the wand, I was using it up to three times a week….and we all know that overexposure to heat based styling tools can lead to brittle hair and split ends. I’m trying to maintain healthy hair, especially in between salon visits, with hair styles that will save my strands, money, and time. I have found myself lacking hairspiration and it shows. Lately, I have rocked straight hair, a bun, or wash and go, which reveals my natural curls, but I’m looking forward to switching it up a bit.
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Which Hair Style Do You Like Best?
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As a brand, She Makes Cents is all about inspiring and informing you of ways to use your “cents” to live a fabulous life. So it’s time to start thinking about…well, some fabulosity. Now that the weather is warm and … Continue reading
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