How to Reduce First Communion Costs
Before we get started, these are just my experiences and, of course, every parent has the right to spend as much or as little as they wish on their child’s First Communion.
What Does First Communion Really Cost?
These are the items to be considered when costing your celebration, and the average price range for each item:
- Outfit for Communion child: free to €800
- Outfits for the rest of the family: free to €350
- Accessories, hair and beauty: free to €150
- Catering for the Communion Day: €200 to €800
- Entertainment for the Communion Day: free to €250
- Photographs: €20 to €250
- Gifts for friends’ children: €100 to €300
The Communion Child’s Outfit
The Communion child’s clothes, and accessories if needed, can be a big ticket item. It is their special day after all, so why shouldn’t you kit them out? After all that’s what every one else is doing…or is it?
If you care what other people think, learn to be vague about the cost and origin of the outfit.
- Shops from Aldi to TK Maxx are selling Communion clothes and local charity shops will often have new dresses on sale, donated by local retailers from previous years’ stock or well presented second-hand dresses.
- Look out for sales at high street department stores too. You can often pick up a bargain at the end of Communion season that can be kept for the following year.
- If you do opt for a more expensive outfit, check it well to ensure it is made of high quality fabric and has been well finished.
- Alternatively, borrow an outfit from a relative or friend. Most Communion outfits and accessories will only be worn once and look as good as the day they were purchased.
- If you feel very strongly about the subject, petition your school to adopt a school uniform policy for the day. And then if parents wish their child to dress up after the Mass, they can buy Communion clothes or a new special occasion outfit for their child, which may have some hope of been worn again.
- No matter what outfit you go with, try to pick shoes that can be worn again, or dyed to use for summer months.