ARGH Budget Buster... Being In A Friends Wedding

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by Trinity524, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Trinity524

    Trinity524 DIS Veteran

    Jul 30, 2008
    Now, this is going to sound bad, but I understand it's mostly due to timing. One of my girlfriends I know for ten years now is getting married. First wedding and she's 39. She wants it all... I can understand, who wouldn't. She calls me in December and asks me to be in the wedding. I accept. It was supposed to be in March, but she calls in Feb and says they have to move it to September as most vendors can't do it that quick.

    Here's the budget buster:

    #1- I no longer live in Jax, FL. 262 in airfare. 112 in a rental car/50 on gas. 200 on hotel room.
    #2- 150 on a dress I will never wear again. She wants us to wear silver heels (30). Hair 40.
    #3- Bachlorette Party... I don't even know yet ;(
    #4- Eating out for the 4 days I will be there.

    All of that and guess what... it's the weekend before I go to Disney. ;(

    I know it sounds horrible... but am up to almost 1000 dollars. I love her, but I never realized how expensive being in someone else's wedding could be.
  2. Swimalie

    Swimalie DIS Veteran

    Sep 11, 2009
    Is there any way you can room with any other town bridesmaids? Or share a car with one of them? Or get a hotel that has free breakfast and a mini fridge so you can eat in the room more?
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  4. HockeyMomNH

    HockeyMomNH DIS Veteran

    Aug 7, 2008
    Could you tweek the Disney dates to combine the two trips? That could save you some money in airfare if you are planning to fly to FL twice.
  5. ccgirl

    ccgirl DIS Veteran

    Jun 25, 2009
    I just have to say your cakes are AMAZING! Do you make them yourself?

    To the OP - yes, it is very expensive to be in the wedding. Especially when you live out of state. My SiL had to back out of being in one because she could no longer afford it (they were buying a house and needed a certain $$ down). The bride totally understood and had her do a reading instead.

    Good luck with your decision.
  6. GatorMama

    GatorMama DIS Veteran

    Feb 27, 2011
    1. If you have lived in Jax before, and that's where the wedding is, then surely you know someone you can stay with, if not for all of the time, then at least part of it.
    2. $150 is not an expensive bridesmaids dress... and $30 for shoes is CHEAP. Maybe discuss with her that you don't have the money for having your hair done professionally though. I think brides can decide what a bridesmaid/maid of honor wears is one thing but to tell them they have to have their hair and nails done is overboard unless they're the ones paying for it.
    3. I would think you'd be part of the planning of the bachelorette party. It doesn't have to be expensive to have fun. Mine was pretty much just an old school slumber party. We did go out to dinner and a bar, but we're there long because that's not my kind of scene. I doubt the entire thing cost $150 TOTAL for the girls to put together and I think they shared the costs.
    4. Who says you have to eat OUT the whole time you're there? Buy a loaf of bread and some peanut butter and a bag of apples. Maybe a yogurt if you have a fridge available. Hopefully you'll be fed for free for the rehearsal and wedding reception. Two meals you won't need to pay for. Why four days? Most of my wedding party arrived on Thursday night or Friday morning. I took them out to lunch and to get our nails done (which I paid for) and then we went to the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner. Wedding was Saturday night. Most left Sunday morning.
  7. mom2princesss

    mom2princesss Mouseketeer

    Aug 1, 2008
    I would either be honest with her and tell her you can't afford it and send a great gift, or I'd make it work.

    There is no need to be there for 4 days. I had a destination wedding and everyone arrived the day before or day of the wedding and left the next day. If you lived in Jax before do you know someone you could spend a night or two with?

    The dress you can consign right after the wedding and get a little money back. You can find silver shoes anywhere, you don't all have to wear the same shoes. Payless usually has them for $10-15.

    I'd skip the bachlorette party. You'll be there for the rehearsal and wedding.

    If it is the weekend before your disney trip, can you tweek your dates so that you just go to orlando right after the wedding?
  8. kimkoz

    kimkoz Mouseketeer

    Sep 29, 2010
    Unfortunately being in a wedding is expensive, plan and simple. It sucks but its something we do. After reading I would suggest the same others have

    Rooms - Sharing with other bridesmaids. I had all my out of town bridesmaids spend the night at my house the night before and then they shared the night of the wedding. I also didn't tell them at all where to stay, find whatever works...

    Car - Why, I'm sure in town family or other bridesmaids would be happy to help carpool. The day of the wedding I'm sure there is transportation.

    Food - If you go up the day before, I'm sure you'll have a rehearsal dinner, then the wedding dinner.. so really could just be a quick breakfast and maybe a lunch to pay for. ** I got married right out of college and knew my friends didn't have the money.. for all food was covered the whole weekend.. I really think most people do it even if money wasn't a problem. Normally we host a Thursday show up bbq after the guys get thier tuxs... Friday is lunch as a thank you from me,, then dinner is rehearsal,, then sat is the wedding and there is always tons of food. Breakfast while hair is done and dinner of course.

    Dress - I have to say too, 150 isn't bad. I know it seems like alot with vacation but be thankful, thats not alot anymore.. Don't forget alterations, go to a local place or friend to save some $$.. Shoes - ask around, maybe you can find a friend that has a pair already. You have time to search around for deals.

    Suggestions - Talk to the bride and just be honest. Maybe you just can't attend the bachlorette party, its not the end of the world. I've been in weddings and not attended - for location and pregnancy related reasons.

    All you can do is talk to the bride about your concerns. I'm sure between her and the local famil they can help.. If she wants you in it she'll help. It's a honor to be in someones wedding but it doesn't mean you need to go broke. I'm sure she can work things out to make this a little cheaper for you, if not just attend as a friend.
  9. maggiew

    maggiew DIS Veteran

    Feb 19, 2003
    Things to do to try to get the costs down:

    1. Find another bridesmaid and try to share hotel room and/or rental car.
    2. Skip the bachelorette party if its expensive.
    3. Try to find an old friend in JAX that you can stay with.
    4. Ask the bride if someone in the family could put you up for a few nights. I know I would be willing to host a bridesmaid if I was a relative (sister, mom, aunt, etc.) of the bride. I'd even throw in the food!!

    I would definitely look into combining the wedding and Disney trip if possible. That way you are only paying the one airfare.

    Good luck.

  10. ilovemk76

    ilovemk76 DIS Veteran

    Oct 20, 2010
    You gave her your word so now you have to figure out how to make it work. The wedding is two months away. You cannot back out now. When she moved the wedding was when you had to decide if you could still do September.

    How would you have felt is your bridemaid pulled out because of the cost but a week later took a vacation near to where the wedding was?:confused3
  11. KELLY

    KELLY DIS Veteran

    Aug 19, 1999
    Yes it is expensive. Can you downgrade your hotel at dinsey to make up some of the extra expenses ?

    The dress and shoes seem like a reasonable price to pay. Maybe you can do your own hair?
  12. tlbwriter

    tlbwriter Does this look infected?

    Apr 25, 2005
    Tell whoever is in charge that you are under SERIOUS budget constraints and won't be able to contribute more than X toward the party.
  13. scrapquitler

    scrapquitler DIS Veteran

    Aug 15, 2007
    Very true. I have to REALLY love some one to agree to be in the wedding.

    Maybe you can find a way to save some money in all this...perhaps you can do your own hair at least? Find someone to share the hotel room with, or stay at a friends house instead? Eat on the cheap while you are there (cook in the hotel room stop to visit every friend/family in town and eat with them?) Can you skip the Bachelorette party because you live out of town?
  14. we3peas

    we3peas Mouseketeer

    Oct 8, 2008
    I understand this is her 1st wedding but having lived a little longer before getting married should help her to be understanding about the costs for others.

    You should have begged off when she changed the date but you didn't. You are now committed to it. You now have to have a conversation with her about expenses.

    Maybe she knows someone else who needs help and you can split expenses. I've seen many weddings where the bridesmaids wear different dresses from each other but from the same shade. See if she is open to that, but remember it is the couple's wedding not yours. Shoes don't have to match either. Anything silver is fine, Payless sells those. Beg off from the bachlorette party. I never had one and did not miss it either. If I was the bride I would feel sorry you couldn't make it but I would understand. Find someone to stay with or Priceline your hotel to make it cheaper.
  15. wide awake

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    Nov 27, 2003
    I would just tell her w/ the change of dates you can't do it. I would do this asap so she has time to get a replacement. I would hope a 39 year old woman would understand financial responsibility. I wouldn't downgrade my vacation, I am assuming others are going w/ you so how fair is that to them?
  16. justintime

    justintime Mouseketeer

    Jan 21, 2008
    I would imagine you will also have the expense of a bridal shower, which I have found to be a bigger budget buster than the bachelorette party.
  17. luvmy3

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    Feb 24, 2008
    The OP said that the change of date was made in February, its too late to use that as an excuse. I think its too late to back out now anyway, but if you can't afford it then you can't afford it.
    (although I don't recall the OP saying she wanted to back out, or can't afford it, she's just venting that it cost alot more than she thought)
  18. mhsjax

    mhsjax DIS Veteran

    Mar 3, 2006
    Yes, she told her she would do it, however, the bride changed the date. If her vacation was planned first well then too bad. I wouldn't think anything of a friend that pulled out because she had a family vacation planned first. Sorry but my family comes first.

    I do see now that the bride called in Feb to notify the OP of the change, that changes the way I feel about it. I think you just need to find a way to cut your expenses for the wedding, but I would never down grade MY vacation, so I could be in someone else's wedding.
  19. crashbb

    crashbb DIS Veteran

    Sep 17, 2006
    I'm not picking on you, you're just the last person to mention the date change.

    The bride moved the wedding LATER (not earlier). If finances weren't a concern for March, why would they be for September? That's an extra 6 months to save the money. I get that the wedding is now close to the time of the vacation, but that doesn't change the amount needed for either event - it is not like only money made X weeks before the event can be spent on the event.
  20. NYEmomma

    NYEmomma DIS Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    I agree with the PPs that said it's too late to back out... it's a pretty big commitment to make & one that I think you make KNOWING that it's going to be quite an expense. If you don't think you'll have the money for it, say that in the very beginning. There's certainly nothing wrong with not being able to afford it. It happens to us all. I'm sure the bride would understand. But IMO, it's too late for that at this point.

    I think PPs have made some GREAT cost-saving suggestions. Buy your shoes at Payless or Walmart or at a consignment/thrift store. Skip the bachelorette party (that should cut down on the duration of your stay as well). Share a rental car/hotel room with other bridesmaid's. Tell the bride that you can't afford to pay for hair & nails and will do it yourself. I think in that respect, the bride's GOT to be accommodating. It's just a hair-do. If she's set on having it done by a specific person then she should be willing to pay for it. I'm sure you are perfectly capable of doing your own hair & nails and looking fabulous.
  21. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007

    Oh yes, it can be difficult and expsensive!

    If you can wear any sort of silver heel (don't have to match) and you haven't bought them yet...and if a size 9M would work, I have a pair of maybe 2 inch "mule" style (you slip your foot in) strappy sandal-ish silver heels. I'll never wear them again (they were for a wedding).

    Is there ANY way to move your trip so it starts just after the wedding and you're already down there? one of my bridesmaids had her hair (and makeup) done at the salon with me. Everyone else did each other's hair, and then left to go to the mall to get their makeup done at the MAC counter. And I'd asked them to have their hair done at the salon...but just b/c the bride asks doesn't meant b'maids have to do it!

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