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by sitecore\akronzer on April 28, 2011

When it comes to weddings, you frequently hear how expensive it can be to have one, but no one ever discusses how much it costs to attend one. So far this year, I have purchased five different gifts for various events related to one wedding-- an engagement gift, lingerie shower gift, couple’s shower gift, bridal shower gift, and a wedding gift. Add to this, travel expenses for the bachelorette party, wedding showers, the destination wedding, and the wedding reception in my hometown. Often times there are other expenses that result from attending the wedding, such as new outfits and beauty essentials (hair, makeup, manicures, etc.), and especially if you are a part of the wedding party. When you add up all the expenses, it comes out to…A LOT!

With more weddings in the forecast this year, how will I attend all the events without leaving my budget at the altar? Below are a few tips on how to save this wedding season, so you can be richer, not poorer. 

  1. Purchase online vs. in-store. Many retailers offer free shipping and gift wrap services, so you can save on gas, gift wrapping, and possibly shipping costs if you live in a different city. If you’re shopping online, remember to scour the Web for promotion codes before buying.
  2. Regift. There isn’t a rule that says you have to stick to a couple’s registry. If you have gift that follows the regifting rules, regift away. If you’re married, be sure the couple didn’t give you the gift!
  3. Go in on a group gift. When you split the cost of a gift, you can still give something nice without breaking your budget. Remember that group gifts don’t only apply to weddings and can be given for any event/holiday.
  4. Split travel expenses. Gifts aren’t the only expense you can share with someone. If the wedding requires travel, why not split hotel and transportation costs with a friend as well? If sharing travel expenses isn’t in your plan, there are many other tips on how to save on transportation and accommodations.
  5. Plan ahead. Flights, hotels, and transportation are most often less expensive if you book far in advance. Also, if you purchase a gift too close to the wedding date, you’ll have limited choices in the registry, so purchase gifts as early as possible.

Above all, always work with what’s in your budget regardless of how close you are to the couple or what “rules” you’ve heard elsewhere. The bride and groom will be happy to share their special day with you and/or receive any gift, big or small!

If you’ve attended many weddings, what are other ways you have saved on wedding expenses? Please share!


20 and Engaged says:
April 28, 2011

We try to do things as a family as opposed to individually. We'll all chip in on a gift and travel together to the wedding to save money.

Knitter says:
April 28, 2011

Make homemade gifts -- bath salts and powder for personal showers, knitted dishcloths or custom-made pillowcases for weddings. Recipes and patterns abound on the web.

Money Infographics says:
January 11, 2013

If we're attending a wedding we always try to find a place to stay for free or failing that a cheap b+b always book in advance and make sure one of you is driving

sr says:
May 12, 2011

My wife and I estimate what we think the wedding will cost overall - travel, bachelor/ette parties, bridesmaids dresses, tuxedos etc. And we adjust our gift based on how much the other expenses add up. Some brides and grooms don't pay attention to guest costs -- so we do! Also, if we're giving a check, we wait to arrive at the reception hall before making it out. Certainly don't want to over gift if it's a modest wedding! Last suggestion - we all know weddings are expensive for all involved so, don't feel obligated to attend! Just follow-up personally after the wedding if you still want to keep them in your life.

susan weills says:
April 29, 2011

I resent that you suggest to your readers, that they order on-line as opposed to a brick/mortar store. I own a retail store. Local stores support our small cities and towns. We need customers to come in and shop in a 'real store'. The internet is changing our lives; and not always in a good way!

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