The first time you're asked to be a bridesmaid in a wedding, you will probably be thrilled. By the third or fourth time, you'll be tallying the costs in your head as you answer. I didn't realize how pricey it can be to stand next to a friend on the big day until I was actually asked to be a bridesmaid a few times. WeddingWire says it costs, on average, $1,200 to be a bridesmaid, which sounds startling, but emotionally feels like the low end of the bridesmaid spectrum. If you're asked to be a bridesmaid, you're going to need some bridesmaid budgeting tips — and legit ones, too. No one wants to bother the bride or groom during the stressful wedding planning process, but enduring financial strain as a bridesmaid isn't ideal, either. If you're not sure what to do about looming wedding costs, you aren't alone.
According to Farnoosh Torabi, a personal finance expert and Chase Slate Financial Education Ambassador, it's possible to be in a wedding without spending loads of money. "I myself have been a bridesmaid and even a bride," she tells Bustle. "There are a lot of things you can do to save money when you plan ahead and talk to each other." She shared five tips with Bustle that will allow any bridesmaid to save money and still have fun.