Your best friend’s wedding is a super-exciting time, but it can turn out to be an expensive affair. Smart planning can help you enjoy the grand occasion without emptying your bank

5 Ways to enjoy your best friend’s wedding without going broke

Unless you decide to channel Julia Roberts and fall in love with your best friend, planning and participating in your best friend’s wedding can be stress-free. Yes, there will be expenses, but a sound plan can help you sail through without having a financial breakdown.

Here’s how you can throw a memorable bachelorette party, look fabulous, and have a fantastic time – all without maxing out your credit card or losing your mental peace!

Be a budgeting pro

Open an Excel sheet (no, these aren’t only for nerds) and input your estimated expenses. Account for everything you will need to spend on. These include personal purchases such as clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. 

You will also have to budget for the bachelorette party that you will be expected to throw, a gift for the couple, and expenses to be borne while helping your friends plan the wedding. If it is a destination wedding, there will be travel and stay expenses as well. Add some more for incidentals. 

Now that you have arrived at an amount, work backwards and calculate how much you will need to put aside each month. Once you have this figure, set it in stone. Saving systematically will allow you to enjoy the joyous occasion without going under.

Don’t go overboard

You don’t necessarily have to plan a luxury getaway to Thailand – or Goa for that matter. Get real and have an honest conversation with others in the bridal party. Find out what the bride prefers. If she’s not a party animal, there’s no point in having a crazy drunken night-out. If she would rather enjoy a walk in a vineyard and some wine-tasting, that’s perfectly fine. If she does love to party, hire a beautiful bungalow or a cosy farmhouse and go nuts.

Look gorgeous on a budget

Borrow your mom’s stunning vintage Paithani or Kanjivaram saree for the occasion. Not only will this cost you nothing, you will also look like royalty. Add some of her heirloom jewellery, a gajra, and red lipstick, and you are sure to turn heads. Take it from us; you can never go wrong with this old-school Indian look. 

There’s never just one function as far as Indian weddings are concerned, so get creative for the other ceremonies. Rummage through your mom’s saree collection and see if you can turn a contemporary saree into an evening gown (provided mom allows it). Shop in advance during sales to get good discounts at wedding stores. You could scout for deals at discount markets such as Sarojini Nagar in Delhi or Gandhi market in Mumbai.

Plan way ahead

If the wedding requires you to travel, buy your air tickets as soon as you know the dates. Tickets are much cheaper when booked 2-3 months in advance. Also block your stay. There are many portals that let you book hotel rooms without having to pay upfront. You can save up and pay after your stay. This can save you a substantial amount.

Gift something thoughtful

You don’t have to splurge on something super-expensive. Your presence and participation on her special day will mean more to your friend. Think of a thoughtful gift instead. If you have the skill, you can make a customised gift or you can buy something you know your friend needs. If you must give an extravagant gift, pool in with other friends to make it easy on the pocket.

Plan well so you can make this once-in-a-lifetime event truly memorable for yourself and your friend. These tips will help you enjoy and focus on what’s really important – the union of two beautiful souls. Have a blast!


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