Tips for saving money for the wedding seasonDate posted: 5/4/16 09:00:00 AM
Mid-spring through mid-fall is considered wedding season, when the majority of engaged couples choose to tie the knot. While beautiful and fun, nuptials can be quite expensive— especially if you are planning to attend a high number of weddings this season. Follow these tips to stay within your budget:
Save on your outfit
Wearing a suit or dress to each wedding can have a substantial influence on the cost of your wedding season outfits. However, no matter what you are sporting, you can always find a way to save some money. If you know you will be only attending one wedding, Money Crashers suggested renting a dress or tuxedo if you don't already have clothing available. Rentals can cost as little as $35, which leaves much more room in your budget for travel and other wedding-related expenses.
If you have multiple weddings to attend, find a dress our suit that works for all of them. Use your accessories to add some pizzazz to your look for each event so other guests will think it's a new outfit.
Plan your travel method
Depending on the location and the season, travel costs can vary. If you are flying to the wedding, avoid Fridays and Sundays. These tend to be the most expensive day of the week for air travel.
If you have a group of friends or family heading to the same wedding, consider having everyone pitch in for road trip expenses. Traveling by vehicle may be a more affordable option when it comes to getting to the main event, especially if you can split the cost of gas.
Also consider other mass-transportation methods such as buses or trains. In some instances, the earlier you reserve your ticket the more affordable it will be.
Lodging for the wedding
Before you book a hotel, make sure to check in and see if the couple reserved blocks of rooms at a discounted rate. This can save you some money and the hotel will likely be close to the main event. However, you should expand your search to other nearby hotels to ensure you are getting the best deal.
Consider checking out Airbnb listings or staying with a relative or friend. By doing a little research ahead of time you can find a more affordable place to stay after the party is over.
Save on the gift
What you wind up giving the couple as a gift likely depends on your relationship. But, when working with a tight budget, you may not be able to give as much as you would like. Money Crashers suggested working on a homemade gift for the special couple. It's a sweet gesture they will be sure to appreciate.
In addition, if the wedding takes place at a destination far from your home, your presence may be enough of a gift. This is an entirely acceptable gesture of your love -– especially if you flew hundreds or thousands of miles to be with the happy couple on their special day.
Sometimes it's OK to say "No" when they say "Yes"
While being a guest can be expensive, being in the actual wedding can cost even more. If a bride or groom asks you to be a groomsman or bridesmaid, remember that it is perfectly acceptable to turn down their offer if you cannot afford everything the task entails, from pre-wedding parties, to clothes, shoes and other expenses.
Express that you care about the person deeply, but can't afford to participate as an attendant at this time. As your close friend, he or she will surely understand.
Weddings are a fun and exciting event, but attending them on a budget requires careful planning. Determine how you can head to the bashes you've been invited to without breaking the bank.
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