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Can't Afford to Attend the Bachelorette Party

Ask a Savvy Bride: I Can't Afford the Bachelorette Party

Have you ever been asked to attend a bachelorette party that is out of your price range? If so, offer up your advice to soonerviola who's stuck in the same predicament. And if you have any questions of your own, ask them in the Ask Savvy group!

I am being asked to participate in my sister-in-law-to-be's bachelorette party. Her maid of honor has planned the entire night which has a price tag at this point of over $200 for the night plus paying for the bride. I was not invited to participate in the wedding at all so I am a guest at my only sibling's wedding. Is there a way that I can just say no? I don't want to participate and I do not have the funds to pay over $200 in one night. What is a legitimate, polite way to say that I won't be coming?

To see what a savvy bride has to say about this, keep reading after the jump.

Savvy bride says:

Yes,  a very polite "no" would be completely acceptable. Be sure to express a ton of gratitude about how they thought of you and how excited you are for the wedding itself. Tell them that although you'd love to be there, spending that much money just isn't in your cards right now. If you are skipping the party altogether, perhaps find out where they will be staying or which restaurant they are going to and see if you can leave a gift basket or send a bottle of wine.

Ask anything budget-, etiquette-, or planning-related — well, almost anything — by posting your questions in the Ask Savvy group, and I'll find the right expert to help you out.

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