Set a realistic budget: While all members of the bridal party are responsible for their own wedding attire, grooming, gifts, pre-wedding events and travel, ideally you can find price points that are accessible for everyone. You might fall in love with the perfect bridesmaid dresses, or want to book the most lavish hotel, but the more reasonable the price point, the better for everyone. Speak openly with your group to get a consensus on what they are looking to spend.
Push for purchasing power: Try to negotiate group rates for hotel rooms as far in advance of the wedding as possible, so that your bridal party and guests can enjoy great savings on rooms.
Help your bridal party plan for expenses: Map out what expenses will take place when, and share some key dates for when they should expect these costs (for example, ordering bridesmaid dresses or putting a deposit on hair and makeup). You might want to consider encouraging your girls to open a Tax-Free Savings Account so they'll be able to save leading up to the wedding.
Have a well-thought registry: The best registries have a range of items, across all price points. By having some more accessible items, guests can pick things that suit their budget, or bundle items for a special gift. If there are some larger ticket items on the registry for you and your fella, some people might organize to purchase it as a group gift.
Reward yourself: Redeem credit card reward points for as many expenses as possible: Depending on the type of credit card you have and where you shop, you and your bridesmaids might be able to redeem points to offset some wedding expenses. In addition, charging deposits and other purchases for the event on your rewards card will allow you to earn rewards faster.
Shop around: You don’t have to buy the first dress or book the first photographer you meet. Ask friends for recommendations and do your research online and in-store before making a commitment. It often pays (literally) to shop around.