Who doesn’t like to be invited to a wedding! They are a happy and joyous occasion. And although you would love to go and attending the wedding, it can be an expensive affair. You have to spend for a present, your outfit, transportation to and from the venue and that is without any of the extras that you may incur. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to help you save money when you are a guest at a wedding, and some of them are a lot easier than you may have thought.
Create and stick to a budget
Creating a budget of how much money you are willing to spend on the wedding before you begin planning things out is always a good idea. This is especially important for those who are not a part of the wedding party because you will have to spend money on a number of different things for the big day. Things you may need to consider include the gift for the couple, an outfit for the day, your transportation to the event and possibly your accommodation and flights if you are coming from out of town. Even if you are going to a destination wedding, your hosts may be expecting a gift from their guests, so you will need to have something prepared to take with you as it is customary to give the new couple a present. Planning for any expenses well in advance will help you to stick to your budget while you are at the wedding, so you won’t have to pay any more than you expected to.
Plan as a group
If you really want to save money at the next wedding that you attend, you need to start planning things as a group, rather than individually. If you know that your friends or family members are going to be at the wedding, you should plan to do things with them in a group, so that you don’t have to spend as much on the essentials. You can save money on things like a gift for the couple, transportation to the wedding and even accommodation if the wedding is out of town by coming together and splitting the costs. If you plan ahead and include a few different people, you will ensure that you are getting a better deal on the things that you have to pay for to be involved in the wedding. Also, if you are buying a group present, you can get the bride and groom one of the big-ticket items that they wanted, rather than buying them a small present that they may not get much use out of.
Rent out your outfit
Making sure that you have an appropriate outfit for the event is a very important part of wedding preparations for anyone involved in the wedding. But, a lot of people get sucked into the trap of paying a lot of money for an outfit that you probably won’t wear again after the big day. What most people don’t know is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to look good at a wedding. You don’t even have to buy a new outfit, because you can rent your outfit instead! Renting clothes is a great way to get the outfit you want at a fraction of the original retail price. Clothing rental websites like the Volte have a great range of designer outfits available in a number of sizes for you to rent so that you can look amazing at your next event. Reusing and renting out clothing is also more environmentally friendly because you can get multiple uses out of one garment. So you can do your bit for the planet and go easy on your wallet if you rent out your next wedding outfit instead of buying it.
Do your own primping and grooming
If you really want to save money on the next event that you have to go to, you have to start doing your own grooming, rather than paying someone to do it for you. For women, you can easily do your own makeup, nails and hair if you have to, and it will save you a lot of money if you don’t have to go and see someone on the day. Plus, you won’t have to schedule and juggle any appointments on the day if you everything yourself, so you can do everything at your own leisure and when it is convenient for you. For men, all you need to do is make sure that your face is well groomed and that your hair is in place, but if you think you need a haircut, make sure you plan it a week or so before, so that you don’t need to worry about it on the day of the wedding. If you can do all of your own grooming and primping before your next event, you can save yourself a lot of money that you can spend on other things like your outfit, transport or the present, that are non-negotiables when you are going to a wedding.
There are a lot of things that you can do to save money as a wedding guest when you are on a budget. At the end of the day, weddings are an expensive affair, but that doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money to have a good time and be involved in the proceedings. The key is to plan everything well in advance, and then make any adjustments where you can. If you do this, you will ensure that you only spend what you can afford, and you will still have a great time on the big day.
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