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What Tips Do You Wish You Knew Before Being A Bridesmaid?

No one wants to be a maid of dishonor, so let's nip this in the bud rn.

This is an exclusive look at the emotions you go through after getting a "Will you be my bridesmaid?" proposal... including how it feels when you realize there's *actually* some extra responsibility involved.

Hair. Nails. Shoes. Makeup. My dress costs WHAT? Bridal shower? Or bachelorette party? ARE THEY THE SAME THING? Strippers? No strippers? Invite the mom to the party with the strippers?! HOW MUCH IS MY DRESS AGAIN?

So what did YOU do as a bridesmaid to get through it all without going broke or bonkers over the bride?!

Perhaps you used a maid-of-honor planner — as the super-organized one who wrote every single thing down so nothing was EVA left up to chance.

Maybe you set a gifting budget for yourself so you'd honor wedding etiquette AND stay on top of your financial goals.

Or maybe your tip is something as small as keeping a bridal emergency kit on hand so when the "OMG, we need..." moment happens (and it will), you'll already have backups and won't spend extra money or gas on a store trip.

BuzzFeed editor Elizabeth Lilly actually swears by investing in these heel stoppers which make those super high and skinny bridesmaids heels a lil' easier to walk on by avoiding sinking in the grass (if you're at an outdoor wedding).

BuzzFeed editor Elizabeth Lilly's wedding heel with a heel stoppers on the bottom that offers a clear, circular landing for her shoe

So, gimme ALL YOUR TIPS for surviving bridesmaids duties in the comments — especially the ones that'll save money — for a chance to be featured in a future BuzzFeed Community post. I'm all ears.