How To Save Money During Wedding Season

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How To Save Money During Wedding Season

So you're super popular and loved and already have two to five weddings this year, right? Whether your a guest or in the actual wedding, it'll cost you a pretty penny. With parties, showers, food, clothes, and travel, you could be spending upwards of $1,000 per wedding. So let's take a moment and strategize how you can have fun, have a social life, but also have some funds, here's how to save money during wedding season!

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Plan It Out

Your fridge may look like a shrine to beautiful couples, but those little save the dates or invitations can be helpful. Make sure to read it through, helpful information such as dress code could be hidden beneath the couple kissing in a tall meadow. Additionally, a lot of brides now include their wedding website which may have tidbits like wedding blocks, things to do, and shuttle information. If you plan ahead, or schedule in advance, the costs won't seem so daunting.

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Budget

If you’re a guest at a wedding you may only have one ceremony to look forward to but if you’re a close friend, bridesmaid, cousin, or what have you, you may be included in more than one event. Bachelorette parties are now three-day weekend events, some even requiring a passport. On top of that, the (sometimes multiple) gifts, travel, and dresses can add up. That being said, find the registry early so you’re not stuck with a $399 vacuum cleaner or the couples massage package on their Honeyfund.

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Halfsies Never Hurt No One

If you’ve been given a plus one, well, congratulations, that is not always cheap for the bride & groom. But it can be for you! Depending on how well you know said date, it never hurt to split a gift, uber, hotel room, or flights. Of course if you’re bringing your coworker on a long weekend to Napa you might be sending weird signals if you ask him/her to split costs. If you have friends or family going to the same wedding, carpooling or sharing a room isn’t out of the question.

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Dare I Suggest, Stay Sober?

Maybe it's part of your New Years resolution, but skipping the open bar could be cost effective. If the wedding is local refusing the third glass of champagne is the way to go. If you have a trustworthy friend or family member then a designated driver can cut costs and annoyance when you’re waiting for your uber outside of a barn straight out of Pinterest with little cell phone reception.

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Say No

It may not be a popular opinion but it can be beneficial to opt out of the festivities. Of course this depends on your relationship with the bride and groom but it can be helpful to them as well. If you haven’t talked to your old coworker in two years and can’t ask for another day off to jet to Tulum, it’s okay to say no. If you’re not that close to your second cousin once removed, take a rain check on a pricey bachelorette in Santa Barbara. If you just started a new job and can’t add a $300 bridesmaid dress to your budget, a bride will (or should) understand. It’s nicer to say no earlier than be stressed, anxious, or disengaged down the road.