The thing is, when I agreed to be a bridesmaid, I had NO idea what kind of cost that would entail. People, we are poor. No, really. We are POOR. Foodstamps poor. No car, no cable, use the neighbor's Wifi poor.
I believe Nicole has tried to make things as easy as possible for me.
The dress cost less than $200 when I was expecting $300 at the minimum, so I was able to pay for half of it when it was ordered. And it's still a gorgeous dress, one that all of the girls were able to agree on. My mother in law paid for the other half when we picked it up, so I owe her about $80 for that. I'm also going to owe her another $50 or so for Matthew's tux rental. Oh yeah, he's the ring bearer. I am SO grateful for her help, but I hate owing people money, and avoid it whenever possible. In this situation it's kind of unavoidable though. I was able to get Eric a shirt and tie from Kohl's on clearance during a weekend when my discount and shopping passes would make the biggest dent in price, and I bought Luke's outfit on ThredUp, pants, vest, shirt, & tie, new with all the tags for $12-something. Eric and Luke still need shoes, though. Matt's are included with his rental, thankfully.
For the bridal shower the girls just asked me to make a spiked punch. I already shared that with you here. They took care of the rest and managed not to make me feel like a schmuck, for which I am also extremely grateful.
Shoes were stressing me out, too. Since I'm the tallest I was trying to find a pair of flats I could wear that would be appropriate for the wedding, but something that I'd also be able to wear with jeans. The maid of honor is going to be wearing flats as well, due to ankle problems, so I figured I'd totally be able to get away with a more casual shoe. I even found a great pair of silvery sparkly flats for only 20 bucks! I was all set to buy them, but Nicole came to the rescue and is letting me borrow the silver shoes she wore at her friend's wedding a few months ago. I still want to buy those flats...
I realized that these shoes present another expense. I'll need a pedi! I already told Nicole I wouldn't be going with the girls for manicures. I figured I could go someplace to get them done cheaper on my own, and if I opted against acrylics, it'd be even cheaper. I went to Walmart and asked at their salon how much it would be to get a mani/pedi with french tips. $43. ::sigh:: I could have bought my $20 shoes and gotten a regular mani for $15. Oh, and hair and makeup? $65 per person. Damn right she better bring chocolate covered strawberries and mimosas to the hotel!
There is a ray of hope, though! As I was scrolling (and scrolling and scrolling) on Pinterest, I found this:
I've tried giving myself French tips before, with varying degrees of success. I followed (most of) the instructions on this blog, though, and was rewarded with the BEST manicure I've given myself yet. It was SO good that I am now contemplating doing my OWN nails for the wedding. No, really! All I need is a little bit more practice and the right tools. I have *nearly* the right tools already, but I think if I get a real lip brush like she talked about, and not the tiny crappy one that came with a crappy makeup kit I got for Christmas it would turn out that much better.
I have two weeks to practice. Wish me luck!