We are smack dab in the middle of wedding season, and if you’re anything like me, all of your friends are ready to tie the knot! If you’re going to survive all of those weddings without going broke, take note and plan ahead!
First things, first: Don’t break the bank
Just because you were invited to not only the wedding but the engagement party, bridal shower and the bachelorette party does not mean that you should feel obligated to attend all of the events. Everyone understands the need to be responsible with your money these days, especially when so many of us have looming student loan debt on our minds. Attending just the wedding is enough when you’re on a budget. A post by Kristin Koch for The Nest titled “How to Survive Wedding Season and Not Go Broke!” offers a few more tips on saving money.
- Go in on a group gift: Be the one to suggest splitting the cost of the KitchenAid stand mixer with your roomies and everyone will thank you — the couple included — after they’ve saved a lot of money and stress over the registry items. Don’t forget your 20% off coupon at Bed Bath & Beyond at home!
- Not only will going in on a gift with friends save you money, but shopping early is a good ideas, too — you’ll have a better selection of lower-cost gifts to choose from.
- If you know you have four weddings coming up and you see a good sale on serving platters, Koch recommends purchasing one for every wedding you’re attending. There’s no rule about purchasing items only on the registry. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box on this one.
No, you don’t have to bring a plus 1
If you don’t have a significant other, go solo! Not only will this help you meet a potential dance partner, it’ll save on money spent on the gift and at the bar. Plus, what’s better than being the single friend all the relatives want to set up with the bride’s cousin?
Jennifer Chappell Marsh offered additional tips for single wedding guests in her May 9, 2012 post for Your Tango, “Single? 5 Ways To Survive Wedding Season.” Be picky, don’t attend every wedding you’re invited to if going solo gets you down. Want company? Find a wedding buddy to drag along — preferably one who you have fun with on every occasion. And plan for the “aftermath” of attending a wedding single.
“This is the time to feel your best. Do whatever it takes to walk into the reception feeling confident and beautiful,” says Marsh. While you don’t have to bring a date, inviting a fun friend to spend the night with isn’t a bad idea. You can always find a single buddy at the wedding to people-watch with if your go-to friend is unavailable, so don’t limit yourself.
Stick to your budget!
Just because you’ve been invited to five weddings this summer does not mean you need five new outfits to wear. Sticking to a budget means you can allow yourself to buy one nice dress and accessorize it five different ways to get the most bang for your buck! Check out these convertible dresses from seller The Jersey Maid on Etsy that can be worn so many different ways that no one will even notice you’ve worn it all summer. The same is true for male wedding guests: your suit can make it through five weddings, and you can always accessorize with a change of tie!
Some other quick tips:
- Don’t feel obligated to book at the hotel the bride and groom have blocked off. Instead, stay with a nearby family member, look for a better rate on a hotel deal site like kayak.com or share a room with a friend.
- Offer your time — or talents — to the couple in lieu of a gift. Playing the couple’s favorite song for their first dance is a great way to say congratulations, and chances are they’ll be so happy that they’ll excuse your lack of a gift.
We now pronounce you ready for wedding season! What are some of your tips for surviving wedding season?