Book Review: Bridesmaid on a Budget

May 17, 2012 in Saving,Thrifty Tips,Weddings

I’m a bridesmaid in two weddings this year.  While I’m far from living out 27 Dresses in real life, being a bridesmaid is having a big impact on my budgetFrom selecting a gift for the engagement party to buying the dress you’ll walk down the aisle in, wedding-related expenses can really add up.

Sharon Naylor’s Bridesmaid on a Budget: How to Be a Brilliant Bridesmaid without Breaking the Bank is my new handbook for wedding season.  Naylor is a wedding expert who offers practical advice to the bridesmaid who wants to cut costs without coming off like a cheapskate.  She starts Bridesmaid on a Budget by listing some sobering stats about the cost of being a in a wedding party.  Ladies, did you know that the average cost of being in a wedding is from $1,069 to $1,269?!

The book provides an overview of a bridesmaid’s many costs and responsibilities, so it would be the perfect read for someone who has never been in a wedding.  As a frugally-minded, experienced bridesmaid I was aware of many of the suggestions for cutting costs, but I still found Naylor’s tips to be very helpful.  I also love that the book provides advice about communicating with the bride and other bridesmaids about wedding related expenses.  Talking about money can be awkward, but Bridesmaid on a Budget makes preparing for and having those conversations less awkward.

Along with a great list of resources, the appendices have helpful tools for tracking contact information, deadlines and expenses.  Naylor understands that being a bridesmaid isn’t always easy and Bridesmaid on a Budget helps to ease the financial concerns that make being in a wedding stressful.  With so many helpful tips, this book will have a place on my bookshelf for a long time to come.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book, but all opinions are my own.

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