I have been asked by a close friend to be a bridesmaid in her upcoming wedding. The problem is, I am on a strict budget and I am sure she will select extravagant dresses for us to wear. Can I hint that I have a limited income to spend on a dress and shoes? Or should I simply turn her down?

Tell her truthfully that even though you would love to be a bridesmaid, you have limited means and wouldn’t be able to afford an expensive dress. That way, you give her the choice of finding someone else or selecting a less expensive dress. If you are really close, the bride may decide that her wedding would not be complete without you and offer discreetly to buy the dress for you herself.