Your best friend just gave you the news that she has been proposed and that she will get married soon. Because you have always been there for her and because you are such good friends, she wants you to be her maid of honour. Of course that you will accept! She is your best friend, after all. But what you will have to do next is to estimate how much you will have to spend for this role that you are about to play.
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The thing is that you will have to be frank with the bride and inform her right at the beginning about your budget. It is better to cautious and sincere than accepting to go to a destination wedding that you may not afford.
In terms of the wedding gift, you should first talk to the other bridesmaids and maybe in this way you will collaborate for buying a beautiful wedding gift that the bride has registered for. If you can not find anybody, then you must put your imagination at work. That means that you will have to create a gift, if you can not purchase it. So, print some pictures and create a photo album with the bride, the groom, and the bridesmaids. Even it will be an affordable gift the bride will surely appreciate it.
When ordering your bridesmaid dress, you and the other bridesmaids should order your gowns together. Thus, you will save some money for the shipping and it is likely that the online store will give you a discount. So, you should use any opportunity that will guarantee you some money saved.
As for the bachelorette party, make sure that there will be a lot of guests. In this way you will sure cot the cots, because everyone will contribute at this party. Also, you might want to hold this party at home, rather than at a fancy restaurant.
Oh, if you have checked your budget and if you have realized that you may afford a wedding destination, you should talk to another bridesmaid (who is also travelling alone) and see if that person would like you two to share a hotel room. It will be a great way of saving money, fact that I’m sure that the other bridesmaid will also love.
Being a maid of honour is a huge responsibility both fro the wedding and for your budget. Thus, you will have to make sure that you are a reliable person, before accepting this role.