For some, wedding season is the best time of the year. Celebrating with friends and family, eating cake, and dancing the night away are some of the perks of getting invited to weddings. Unfortunately, weddings aren’t only expensive for the bride and groom, but for guests as well. Here are some money saving tips you need to consider.
1) Start saving now
Most engagements last anywhere from six months to two years, so start saving if you know you’re going to be in a wedding. With the wedding gift, bridesmaid dress or tux, bachelor/bachelorette party, and travel expenses, weddings can be quite expensive. It’s important to update your budget to accommodate for these new expenses and start saving ASAP.
2) Learn to say no
Are you being pressured to spend hundreds on a Vegas bachelor party or bridesmaid dress? If this is the case, don’t be afraid to respectfully say no. If you talk one-on-one with the bride/groom and explain your financial situation, she/he should be considerate of your budget and try to find a reasonable solution that works for both of you.
3) Split the gift
If you’re tight on cash, there’s nothing wrong with splitting the cost of your wedding gift with someone else. For example, instead of dropping $50 on a gift by yourself, ask a friend or two to split the cost with you. It’s a win-win; the bride and groom receive a nice gift while you save money.
4) Be travel savvy
Most couples get a block of rooms at a hotel or two which offers rooms to wedding guests at a discounted price, but that doesn’t mean it’s the cheapest hotel in the area. Do your research before booking, and pay attention to shuttle options as well. Try to find some friends that you can share a room with or carpool with.
5) Don’t buy a new outfit
This may seem obvious, but unfortunately many of us ladies fall into the trap that we have to have a different outfit for every single wedding. If it’s truly a concern, consider swapping dresses with your friends, especially if they aren’t invited to the same weddings as you.
Post written by Amanda Owens, SMMC Program Assistant