Wedding season is officially here! This Saturday, I will be attending my first wedding (of four) during 2016! Weddings can be expensive for the happy couple, but being a wedding guest is no walk in the park either. From bridal showers, bachelorette/bachelor parties, gifts, outfits and more, being a wedding guest can easily be a large financial commitment.
I know you are thinking, being a wedding guest doesn’t cost that much. Have you considered all of the costs associated with being a wedding guest:
- Self-Care (Hair, Nails, Makeup, etc…)
- Outfit (including Shoes and Jewelry)
Being a wedding guest doesn’t have to be that expensive! Check out the 3 ways below to save money:
The first step to avoid breaking the bank when it comes to being a wedding guest is to plan in advance! Typically save the date cards for weddings are sent 6-8 months in advance. At that point, it is time to start saving. Even if you start small with $25 a month, over 8 months you have $200 stashed away. Of course, if the wedding is in another state or country you will need to ramp up the savings. Saving $100 a month over 8 months would lead you to have $800.
Also, when purchasing wedding gifts I first set my budget. Then I check out the registries that are available early in advance. In addition, if the happy couple is registered at a store like Macy’s or Bed Bath & Beyond, I make sure to look out for deals. I was able to snag two awesome sets of Waterford glasses as a wedding gift for less than $40 during a Macy’s friends and family sale!
In addition, when purchasing wedding gifts split the price with a friend. I love this option! It gives me the chance to buy a gift that would normally be out of my budget without breaking the bank. This also requires prior planning. Make sure you ask around for friends that are looking to split gifts. I am going to a wedding for a coworker soon and I decided to go in on a gift with my teammates.
Avoid a New Outfit
How many outfits do you have in your closet that you’ve only worn once? I have at least 3 dresses I’ve worn to different weddings only once. Instead of buying a new outfit for each of the four weddings I have to attend this year, I plan on putting a few of the previous outfits to good use.
Ultimately, this comes down to budgeting and differentiating between wants and needs. Is it really in your budget to buy a new outfit every time you are invited to a new wedding? Do you want a new outfit or do you need a new outfit?
If you insist on getting a new outfit, consider Rent the Runway. Rent the runway is an online service that allows you to borrow designer digs for special occasions at a highly discounted price. The dresses start at about $30 retail. Designer dresses are much more pricey; however, getting the outfit from Rent the Runway is much cheaper than purchasing a dress.
Just Say No
At the end of the day, you won’t be able to attend every wedding and related event that you are invited to. I was invited to an out of town wedding in June – along with the bridal shower and bachelorette parties. Although I’d love to attend all the related wedding events, I didn’t attend the bridal shower. Don’t be afraid to say no if the events are not in your budget.
Destination weddings are one of latest trends! Although destinations weddings may cut costs on the lovebirds, the costs are always higher for the wedding guests. Make sure to analyze your total costs prior to RSVP-ing to a destination wedding. Although costs can be cut on your transportation and accommodations, make sure the added vacation for the wedding is doable with your budget!
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How Do You Save Money as a Wedding Guest or when attending another similar special event?