One of the biggest challenges when planning a destination wedding is making sure that your guests feel as though they aren’t spending a ton of money to make it to your special day. A group of people you might be particularly nervous about is your bridal party, since they may already be spending a chunk of money on your pre-wedding adventures, like the bridal shower, bachelorette parties, and even the dress you’d like them to wear on the big day.
If you’re looking for ways to save your bridesmaids money as they begin to plan and pay their way to your destination wedding, here are four ways to do that.
If you have it in your budget to pay for a couple of hotel rooms for your bridal party, that will save them quite a lot of money for the weekend that they are with you for your wedding. If that’s not possible, see if you can have all the bridesmaids stay in the bridal suite with you the next before the wedding. It’ll save them a couple of hundred dollars and It’ll be a great way for you to spend your last night before you’re married.
Keep an eye out for good travel deals, especially around the holidays, to share with your bridal party. Since they might be just checking on their favorite travel deal sites only, having you also help them search and save will be a big bonus.
One fun way of saying thank you to your bridal party for traveling to your wedding is by taking them out to experience a local service, whether it’s a delicious meal or an afternoon at the spa. It’s a great way to stop them from spending their own cash while they are trying to sightsee.
Since they are coming quite a long way to be there for your wedding day, go easy on the bridesmaid dress you pick out for them. Find a dress at a reasonable price, or scrap the idea of matching dresses all together and instead, let them pick out their own dress of choice.
Jen Glantz is the world’s first professional bridesmaid and founder of Bridesmaid for Hire and the author of the new book, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire). She’s the heartbeat behind the website The Things I Learned From, and the author of the Amazon-bestselling ebook, All My Friends are Engaged. She can be found in New York City wearing old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store, on first dates, or double-fisting slices of one-dollar pizza.
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