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It’s an honor to be asked to be a bridesmaid in someone’s wedding. You look forward to helping your friend, relative, or coworker on planning her important day. But once you’re committed, you don’t realize how expensive it is for everyone involved—not just the happy couple tying the knot. Here are some easy ways to avoid breaking the bank on a wedding that’s not your own!

Rent The Dress

The first thing you need as a bridesmaid is your dress. But bridesmaid dresses can be expensive, with many priced up to $300 or more. According to Jen Glantz, author of Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire), there are a few simple ways to save money on a bridesmaid dress.

Consider renting the dress or buying a used dress. After all, why should you pay full price for a dress you’re only going to wear once? Saving money on the dress will allow you to pay for alterations, which could cost up to $75.

Borrow The Accessories

Your dress needs accessories (shoes, jewelry, etc.). If your bride doesn’t have any strict guidelines for shoes or jewellry, see if you can borrow your accessories from a friend or relative.

After all, you will once again only be needing these accessories for one day. Don’t blow your budget.

Do Your Own Hair And Makeup

When you’re in a wedding, you may feel like you must use the hair and makeup vendors the bride hired. But these vendors charge about 20 to 30 percent more than a local salon.

Instead, do your own hair and makeup. Even if you’re not a beauty guru, spend a few days practicing the perfect wedding updo and makeup application. If the bride is satisfied with the look, that’s all that matters.

DIY The Bridal Shower And Bachelorette Party

One of the most important tasks as a bridesmaid is to treat your bride like she’s a princess. But throwing a bridal shower and bachelorette party can be expensive.

Instead, do everything yourself. Use Pinterest to make the decorations and cook your own food. Collaborate with the other bridesmaids to throw a one-of-a-kind party.

After all, the bride is your friend or relative. She won’t care how you’re saving money; she’s just glad you’re there to celebrate with her.