Let me just start out by saying I have wonderific friends! I’m usually pretty organized, but planning a wedding and conference at the same time has me just a little off my game.
A couple weeks ago I went into David’s Bridal to register. I was told all bridesmaids dresses would have to be ordered that week to arrive within a week of my wedding date. YIKES! I had my heart set on this color and style. The groomsmen have already started to order tuxes with matching vests. My mind was racing…….could everyone order their dress in time? Only one way to find out….
I got on the phone and started calling all the ladies. The conversation went something like this:
Hey ______, I’m standing here in David’s Bridal and I was just told the dresses have to be ordered this weekend in order to arrive on time. I had no idea they had a minimum 6 weeks to process orders! Please forgive me for even asking, but is there anyway you can come in this weekend to get measured and place your order? The dress costs $150 and must by paid in full to place the order.
The response was mostly a light-hearted chuckle, but everyone agreed to order their dress within 72 hours. No one made me feel bad or guilty for my first wedding faux pas. I was hoping to give them 3-4 weeks to place their orders. I assumed a national bridal chain like David’s would have a quicker turn around…..boy was I wrong!
This got me thinking about the cost of being in a wedding party:
- Bridal gowns / tuxes
- Hair styles & Hair cuts
- Travel & Lodging for out of town attendants
There may be other miscellaneous costs such as child care, gifts, etc.
The morale of the story:
Appreciate your wedding party! They are making a sacrifice to be a part of your special day.
Plan in advance!
What about you? What other costs are associated with being in a wedding? How do you prepare financially?