We all know that throwing a wedding and being in a wedding can be incredibly expensive. However, even as a guest, you can end up spending hundreds of dollars on gifts, babysitters, transportation and accommodations! Here are some tips on how to keep the costs to a minimum.
Go stag. If someone you are close to is getting married and you feel strongly about attending but your spouse doesn’t really have ties to that person (for example, a co-worker), think about going solo. You’ll save on a babysitter and since only one of you will be attending, you won’t have to spend as much on the gift.
Limit nights in a hotel. If you are traveling for a wedding and it is late enough on Saturday, consider leaving early Saturday morning so you don’t have to spend two nights on a hotel. Or, if you have friends in the area or somewhere along the way, see if you can crash for a night or two. You can kill two birds with one stone — save money and catch up with friends!
Get creative with your gifts. If you have a special talent like calligraphy or you work for a printer, offer to help out with invitations as your gift. Similarly, if you are good with crafts or cooking and can use your talents to contribute to the rehearsal dinner or reception, you shouldn’t feel obligated to spend as much on a gift as you otherwise might.
Borrow! If you’re worried you have nothing to wear, especially for a more formal event, ask around to see if you can borrow a dress or tux. There’s no need to buy something new for one night and most friends and family are happy to share something that they don’t get too much use out of anyway.
Anne Perkins is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial savings tips for QuickQuid, an online short-term loan lender providing quick loans to those in need. At her blog, AnnieIdea.com, you can get tips on how to take any idea and make it easier or cheaper to complete.