Helping your guests save money for your destination wedding can be a challenge –your bridal party, in particular! Here are 7 ways to help your bridesmaids keep the costs down:
If you and your soon-to-be have a little wiggle room in your budget, we suggest offering to pay for a couple of extra nights at the hotel, so your bridal party doesn’t have to foot the bill. Alternatively, you could invite them to stay in your bridal suite the night before the wedding. Not only will this save them a couple of hundred dollars, but it’ll give you the chance to spend some quality time together before you tie the knot.
Be sure to communicate with your bridesmaids the best times to book flights and accommodations so that everyone’s getting the very best prices available. It’s also important to book early to ensure everyone in your party has a room at the group rate you’ve locked in. If your guests wait too long or book outside the group, it could limit hotel availability and impact prices. We suggest working with a travel specialist who will help you with all those important details!
As a sign of your appreciation for traveling to your wedding (and being in it!), treat your girls to something special at the resort. This could be anything from a day at the spa, a catamaran excursion, or even a night out on the town! They will feel extra special you went out of your way just for them.
This probably goes without saying, but don’t go crazy on the attire. Don’t have your bridesmaids buy fancy sandals when you know everyone will wind up going barefoot. For the dress, pick something flowy and practical –it’ll be warm, after all! For hair and makeup, let the girls decide if they want to do their own or invest in a professional service.
Want to go somewhere fun for your bachelorette party? Well, why not combine it with the days leading up to the wedding? Not only will this save everyone on multiple rounds of airfare, but it’ll increase the number of wedding amenities and perks you earn for booking a certain number of nights or rooms!
“The gift is your presence,” they say. And it’s true! Make it known to your bridesmaids that traveling with you for your special day is a gift in itself. They can decide later if they have room in their budget to surprise you with a wedding gift without the financial pressure. Plus, traveling with gifts can be a bit of a hassle anyway!
One of the very best ways to help your bride tribe save money is to work with a travel professional who specializes in destination weddings (that’s me!). Not only will this help alleviate unnecessary costs, but it’ll give you peace of mind in knowing you have support and guidance every step of the way. Additionally, we will help your guests and your special ladies save money by arranging travel at the best value possible.
I hope these tips not only help you and your bridesmaids save money but encourage you to work with a travel expert like myself! To set up a time chat (and to make sure your BFFs can attend!), click here to start planning the wedding of your dreams.