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116. Budgeting for the Bachelorette
Fun Reunion or Financial Nightmare?
When we think of bachelorette or bachelor parties, we may think of the raunchy, crazy and comical nights depicted in movies like The Hangover or Bridesmaid.
In reality, the parties are less about getting crazy and are more a fun event to get together with your friends to celebrate the bride or groom one last time before they get married.
There is still something scary though…looking at how much money you spent!
The unspoken part of going to a bachelorette or bachelor party is how much money you are going to spend. Sammie and I typically have to travel for our friends’ bachelorettes because are friends are all over the country, even the world!
In this episode, Sammie and I talk about the real numbers for bachelorette parties which apply to bachelor parties as well. We look at the statistics behind these costs and compare it against our own spending. We also share tips for preparing yourself for these costs so that you can enjoy your time at the bachelorette without stressing about every charge.
Project your base costs before you commit. Housing and travel are typically the biggest costs associated with a bachelorette. You can look at flights for the dates of the bachelorette weekend and AirBNBs in the area to get an idea of your biggest costs.
Recognize that not all things are mandatory to spend money on. If you don’t want to buy a new outfit to match the theme for dinner or the same color swimsuit, it’s ok. You can also go in on gifts with friends.
Ask the planner any questions you have before you go. Will certain people be splitting part of the brides costs?
What do you do if you’re going to bachelorette party but not drinking? There are certain ways to share you don’t drink and easy places to leave you out of the bill while also be aware that sometimes it’s too hard to separate the costs of drinks.
Organization is key for a bachelorette party! There are too many people getting together and everyone will be happier if there is an itinerary in place. Use apps like Splitwise to make managing splitting bills among the group easily.
Is it worth it to go? That depends! We’ve found that we’ve loved having the opportunity to go and spend time with our close friends. It also depends on the season in your life and your relationship with the person. It’s not a small costs and one worth considering before committing!
Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments!
Check out The Me Bet Podcast! Erica Johnson interviews people from different backgrounds who decided to take a bet on themselves. On April 18th, you can find Michelle on The Me Bet where she talks about leaving tech sales to take a sabbatical and eventually move onto more creative projects.
Thank you to all the woman who provided a voice clip from Pooja’s bachelorette to make this episode even more personal!
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