You’ve been invited to a wedding and as a wedding guest, you have to purchase your lovely dress, buy accessories to complement with the outfit and present a lovely gift to the newlyweds on their successful union.
All these requires spending. There are other miscellaneous expense you can’t do without as the wedding guest.
Some tips are here to guide you on how to save money as a wedding guest and prevent going bankrupt after the event.
1. It’s Not A Crime To Decline A Wedding Invite
If you know that your budget cannot handle the wedding formalities, then it’s best to decline the invitation in a humble way. You don’t have to attend all wedding you’re being invited to.
As a sign of appreciation for being invited, you can send a present to the soon-to-be couple but it is not really compulsory.
2. Rent A Dress
You might have a pile of wedding events every weekend and the stock of your wardrobe will just not do. We all know that buying a beautiful dress requires spending. To save money, you can rent a dress instead of buying.
3. Consider Booking Local Hotels
Instead of spending that amount in booking a hotel or a room at the wedding venue, you can consider finding cheaper local hotel close to the wedding venue.
4. Have Your Make-Up And Hair Done By Yourself
Rather than hiring a hair stylist and a make-up artist, you can save money by beautifying yourself. Trust me! You’ll look beautiful.
5. A Group Gift With Other Wedding Guests is Fabulous
If you want to offer something really special and expensive, then having a group gift is a way of splitting costs, making it cheaper for everyone and still offering a fabulous gifts to the newlyweds.
6. Arrange For Booking A Group Deal
Booking for travel with a group of people serve as a way of getting discounted rate. If a group of you are driving to the wedding ceremony, you could organize a car share and split the fuel costs. This would save more money than going in separate cars.
7. Save Up For Travel And Accommodation Expenses
Split up a room with a group of friends. Booking travel and lodging with a large group of people reduces the expenses you could have incurred if done separately.
8. Seek Assistance From Family Members
If your children aren’t invited to the wedding ceremony, you could ask a family member to babysit for you rather than hiring a babysitter.
9. Book Accommodation in Advance
Waiting till you receive invitations will not give you a good deal. This is because everyone might be booking at the same time. As soon as the date is fixed, make sure you book accommodation in advance to get at a cheaper rate.
Victoria is a seasoned journalist and blogger. Her articles and stories have appeared in New York Times, Huffington Post and Slate. When she’s not about town checking out weddings, she enjoys her life as a happy wife and mother.
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