Weddings can be expensive, and can be just as expensive for the guests. Follow my tips to help reduce the cost of a wedding for the wedding guests.
With less than 100 days until our wedding, our planning and budget is going well. Most of the outfits have been purchased, under budget, the decorations are nearly halfway to being made and we’ve almost finished drafting the vows.
While we have been very conscious about the amount of money we’ll spend, one thing we may not have considered are our guests. Now we will be feeding our guests (the lucky things) but it didn’t dawn on me how much money a wedding guest would spend when they attend.
I was sent some statistics today from a study by TopCashback that showed that a quarter of us in the UK have declined a wedding invitation because of the costs!
And actually, when you think about what a guest could spend out for, the costs do quickly stack up.
If there is an invite to a stag or hen do, a potential overnight stay and travel costs, let alone a potential gift to the newly weds a wedding can be pretty expensive!
So, if you’ve not long received an invite, a save the date card or know of a wedding coming up, how can you save costs on someone else’s big day and reduce the cost of a wedding – as the guest?
Everyone likes to look good, and weddings are a great excuse to dress up, put on that hat or fascinator, and dance the night away in shoes that are just not as comfy as they should be.
I could imagine quite a number of people would buy new clothes when there is a wedding coming up but do you really need to?
Been to a wedding recently? Why not pull out the same outfit and wear it again? You’ll essentially be wearing the outfit for around 10 hours so it’d be good to get more wear out of it!
If you really don’t have anything in the wardrobe, don’t count charity shops out. They are awash with quality clothing that others just don’t want anymore and you can pick up a great bargain. The good thing about charity shops, versus buying from somewhere like eBay, is that you can try the outfits on while you’re there.
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But, if all else fails, buy online and use voucher codes and get cashback. By all means, head into the shop first and try the clothes on but, then buy online to get extra discounts and savings.
First of all, a gift for a wedding is not needed and is not expected. We are not specifically asking our guests to bring gifts and have not signed up to any registry lists. Some couples do this and it can make guests feel that they must bring a gift.
If they have given a wedding registry list, and you feel obliged to buy something, have a look early as some of the less expensive gifts may get taken sooner, leaving you with less choice. If you’ve got time to hunt around, and you’ve found a suitable item on the list, you could hunt online for a similar item elsewhere which may work out cheaper. Use a tool like Google Shopping to search for some of the best prices around the web.
Remember though that the bride and groom invited you and they want you there, they don’t necessarily expect a gift.
For the ladies, but the men may still be interested, this tip is a quick idea to try and save a little cash on make up. Now although Skint Mum doesn’t spend much on make up, I know quite a few people who do on a monthly basis, and having a wedding as an excuse to buy more may only fuel more spending.
Instead of going out and buying more, why not book an appointment at a beauty counter at a local department store and have a makeover a few hours before the ceremony. I’m sure you’ll feel great after a little pampering plus you won’t have to buy anything extra!
If you’re having to travel quite a way, or plan to leave the car at home so you can have a tipple or two, then the costs for travel could be high.
Firstly, I would check with friends and family to see how they are getting there (make sure that they are invited first!). If they are driving, you could offer to make a donation towards the cost of fuel in exchange for a lift. This will also save the driver some cash too.
If this is not an option, and you need to travel by public transport, see if the bride and groom have been able to negotiate any deals with local taxi companies to get preferential rates.
Booking any trains well in advance would also be a good bet. Timetables are released for trains 12 weeks in advance and you can normally get the best deals when they go live, instead of booking on the day.
Now this can be an expensive spend. We have some family coming to celebrate our wedding from out of town and it’s looks like this will be a spend they may have to make.
A cheaper – or actually free – option could be to see if anyone local to the venue has a spare bed for you to sleep on. If not, a B&B maybe cheaper than a hotel.
If the wedding is over the weekend, the costs will of course be higher so I would check with the happy couple to see if any special rates have been agreed with hotels in the area. I know our venue have preferential rates with some hotels which has been able to help us make suggestions to our guests.
As a guest, I truly hope that the costs of attending don’t put you off and you are able to enjoy the wedding, eat lots of cake and dance the night away – while (just as importantly) saving money at the same time!
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Ricky Willis is the original Skint Dad. A money-making enthusiast, father, and husband to Naomi. He is always looking for unique ways to earn a little extra.