As soon as those wedding invitations start hitting your doorstep, most guests will automatically start considering the cost. After all, attending a wedding isn’t a cheap affair. Once you have forked out for your outfit, hair, nails, travel, accommodation and wedding gift, the average guest has already spent somewhere in the region of £400.
Luckily there are handy little ways to save money and yet still enjoy all the fun and festivities that come with sharing your friend’s or family’s special day.
Set Your Budget
Work out in advance how much money you must spend on the occasion. This is an important step to take before you even consider whether to accept the invitation. Consider whether this is a destination wedding, as costs can quickly rack up, and it may be that it is simply too far out of your budget. Work within your means to set an amount that you can feasibly spend and make sure you stick to it.
Getting to a wedding often involves travel costs unless you are lucky enough to receive an invitation for a wedding on your doorstep. For destination weddings you should feel comfortable declining should the cost exceed your budget. Often the bride and groom will expect a higher rate of decline and have factored this into their guest list.
Consider splitting the cost of travel with another guest. Finding a group to share a car and fuel costs can make a significant difference to your travel costs. Another way to offset the cost of travel is to take a few days off and combine the wedding with a little holiday for yourself.
Hen parties and stag dos often require travel expenses. If this is the case, you could consider skipping this part and just attending the wedding itself to bring down some of the cost.
Accommodation can be one of the most expensive parts of any wedding. This is where having a group of other guests to share with can help save you money. Check Airbnb options in the area and either get a single room or hire a whole house and split the cost with your group. It is also worth checking for specials at the hotels in the area.
Renting is a great option if you anticipate only attending one wedding this season. However, if you are anticipating several weddings, then it’s worth getting one simple but stylish dress and mixing up the accessories for each wedding. Consider borrowing a dress from a friend or family member or buying a new pair of shoes to breathe new life into an old dress.
For new purchases, shop with In the Style discount codes for great bargains on this season’s latest looks.
Make sure you buy your gift early to avoid being left with the more expensive items on the gift registry. If your budget is very tight, then consider getting creative with something like a photo book documenting the couple’s relationship so far.
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