Did you know that on average a wedding guest will spend £432 per wedding?! (2017 statistic from Harpers Bazaar). I recently attended a wedding and was shocked at how much it now costs to be a guest, let alone hold the wedding. Harpers Bazaar found that if you go to 4 weddings in a year then you will be spending more then the bride does on her wedding dress. This is a lot of money. I am going to share with you how to save money when you are a wedding guest to try and save you as much money as possible, and share some of my photo’s from my own wedding.
The average wedding gift will cost you around £85. If the wedding you attend has asked for cash as their wedding gift, unfortunately, there is no way of trying to make that cheaper. But if they have asked for an actual gift, even if they have given you a link to a register, you can make it cheaper. Get to the register early to pick out the best gift. Or look for vouchers or buy it on a cheaper site. Kindly message them to say you want to buy the item for them but have bought it from another shop. They are able to edit their registry and update it to say that item has been purchased. If you are able, group your gift together with another couple or with friends as well. This way you can split the money and make it cheaper for everyone involved.
Gift Your Services
If you do something as a hobby or job and are able to gift this to the couple then do it. Can you make a wedding cake? Do invitations like a pro? write calligraphy? offer your service. This could go in place of your gift or you could charge a little money for it if they were going to spend money on it anyway.
If you are really struggling for money, get really creative and make something that is really sentimental to them. Weddings are very emotional and if you make a gift that is sentimental and filled with love they won’t even notice you haven’t bought a gift for them.
This tip on how to save you money when you are a wedding guest is quite a tricky one. I struggle to find outfits that are suitable for a wedding. Try Asos, as they have a try before you buy system. I also use Quidco, this is a cashback site where they have lots of fashion sites where if you buy off them you can earn cashback on your purchases. Most weddings give you a lot of warning, so going to January sales is always useful to save you money. Pro Tip: If you have a couple of weddings to go to this year, recycle your dress and shoes, change up the accessories and no one will even notice it isn’t brand new.
Hair and Make – up
Do your own hair and make-up. This will save you about £40. Ditch the fancy spray tan and professional makeup artist. For hair, if you have no experience just straighten it and add a shine spray. If you are more creative you could curl or put your hair up. Make-up wise keep it quite simple with a foundation, powder to set and some eyeshadow and mascara. If you like to do your makeup yourself give yourself enough time to get it all done and tidy it up if you have any mistakes. I make sure I have about 2-3 hours to do my hair and make-up just in case.
If you need to get a taxi try to share a ride with some friends. Maybe one of your friends doesn’t drink, you could also see if they would be able to taxi people there and back to save even more money. If you need to book accommodation book it as soon as possible. Don’t wait until all the invitations go out as other guests will be starting to book around then.
Sometimes the hotel where the couple is getting married, have discounts if you are part of the wedding party. Alternatively search for accommodation near and look on booking.com for good deals. If you can find a hotel that is close enough to the wedding venue you can also save on taxi costs as you could walk there and back. If you are able to share rooms with friends do this as well. It is cheaper to split it between 4 friends then 2.