Celebrating your friend’s new marriage is great fun, but all those wedding invites can put a strain on your budget. According to research by Express Spending & Saving Tracker, the average wedding guest is out $673 for each wedding they attend. The good news is you don’t need to go into debt to attend. Here's a few hacks to help you celebrate in style—and within budget.
1.) Save on airfare
If your destination is within driving distance, you might want to hop on a train, board a bus or rent a car with some friends and turn the drive into a fun road trip.
2.) Think outside the registry
Jump off the registry bandwagon and get creative instead! You can gift the couple with a more personalized gift, like a themed breakfast basket for the morning after or tickets and reservations for a dream date night. No one has to know how much (or how little) you spent. Plus, your gift is sure to be memorable and treasured by the couple.
3.) Don’t buy a gown
Instead of dropping a ton of money on a gown you might wear once, consider renting one for a fraction of the price from rental services. You can also borrow from a friend or purchase your gently used dress gently at local thrift and consignment shops.
4.) Invest in a good suit
If you’re looking at several weddings over the next few months, it might be worthwhile to invest in a top-quality suit or tux you can wear again and again. Once you’ve got your suit, you can change up the outfit for different weddings by swapping the shirt and tie or the cummerbund and bowtie.
5.) Use AirBNB
Instead of spending hundreds on a hotel stay for every destination wedding you attend, check out AirBNB for cheaper lodgings. Save even more by booking a full apartment or an entire house with a couple of friends and splitting the cost.
6.) Don’t be afraid to say no
If you’re asked to be a bridesmaid or an usher and you know you can’t afford the associated costs, don’t be afraid to explain your position to your soon-to-be-married friends. They’ll likely understand and either accept your declination or adjust their plans so you can afford to be part of the wedding party.
Here’s to a season of affordable and joyous wedding celebrations from all of us here at Ideal Credit Union!