After you've tied the knot, what are supposed to do with things you bought just for the wedding? Do you really need seventeen mason jar floral arrangements in that exact shade of green? Chances are, your fancy new married life will not require any of your folksy wedding decor, but it can be hard to part with things that meant so much to you just a few days ago.
No matter how carefully you curated your wedding registry, after all is said and done, you probably ended up with a few random, unwanted gifts from distant friends and relatives.
It's the question every frugal woman in her mid-20s secretly dreads. The question that, if answered affirmatively, will likely result in thousands of her hard-earned dollars down the tube, an ugly dress stuffed in the back of her closet, and a potentially strained relationship with one of her best friends. That question? "Will you be a bridesmaid in my wedding?"
I don't have to tell you that weddings are expensive. If you're planning one, are recently married, or even know someone planning their big day, you already know this.
As if weddings weren't expensive enough, you've also got to consider the cost of the traditional vacation afterwards. I know that a lot of couples who are paying for their own weddings might see this as a frivolous waste of money, but I have to disagree. After all the stressful planning, you and your new spouse deserve to spend some quality time together. You do not have to jet off across the world and spend two weeks on a beach sipping $12 drinks, but you should plan a trip within your means for after you tie the knot. After all, you've earned it!
Everyone wants to look like a goddess on their wedding day, but sometimes it pays to be realistic. Before she heads to the bridal salon, the frugal-minded bride should ask herself honestly, do I really have $1,469 to drop on a wedding dress? Because that's the average amount brides in 2015 spent on their gowns.
Getting married is expensive. With the average American wedding clocking in at a hefty $32,641, for many newlyweds, the only light at the end of the financial tunnel comes from the pile of wedding gifts purchased off their carefully-selected registry.