July 30th, 2013
01:36 PM ET

Budget Bridesmaid Tips from a Semi-Professional Wedding Guest

When it comes to being a bridesmaid, CNN’s Stephanie Gallman is a seasoned pro.

From the lead-up to the ceremony, to the big day, Gallman knows the details in the fabric.

She wrote a piece on CNN.com about how to be a budget bridesmaid that hit a big nerve during wedding season.

“Like Katherine Heigl in the movie, '27 dresses', Stephanie Gallman has said ‘I do I do I do’ to being a real life bridesmaid a total of 12 times,” says New Day anchor Michaela Pereira.

When she's not working as CNN National Desk Assignment Editor, it seems she's at a wedding. She stopped counting how many she has attended at 74.

“All that celebration has taken a toll on her vacation days and her wallet,” Pereira says.

“You know it never has occurred to me to say no,” Gallman says. “Between going to 75 weddings and being in 12, I've probably spent at least $10,000.”

Gallman has learned thing or two and is offering advice for future bridesmaids to help cut costs.

“Booking travel early-or booking alerts to get those updates,” is one of Gallman’s tips.

Being honest with yourself and being honest with the bride is the most important thing in terms of not breaking the bank,” she says.

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