Wedding Guests Can Avoid Tying A Knot With Debt
Weddings are notoriously expensive affairs, not just for the happy couple and their families, but for guests as well. When they promise to be faithful “for richer or poorer” it doesn’t mean you have to vow to months – or years – of paying off the bill.
According to annual wedding research from American Express British wedding guests will spend an average of £391 each in 2019 – nearly a third more than last year!
If you’ve accepted an invitation you can still enjoy yourself without tying your own financial knot with debt.
- Set your budget: When you’re in your 20s and 30s, there’s a good chance of being invited to at least one wedding, and all that romance could take its toll on your finances.Most weddings are planned well in advance which gives you time to save for the event by putting money aside on a regular basis. Just stick to your budget!
- Say no: The days of hen or stag parties down the local pub appear to have gone forever, now future brides and grooms want a week in Las Vegas or a long weekend in a luxury health spa. If attending the wedding itself is going to set you back, you’re going to want to cut back elsewhere.
- Gifts: Pick thoughtful gifts, not expensive ones. These are important tokens for people you care about, but they shouldn’t break the bank. You could buy a couple of smaller items and maybe make a nice gift-box for them to open after the event. Personalised gifts mean much more than a toaster or a set of towels, here’s some inspiration.
- Get Crafty: Why don’t you make your own personalised gift? You could make commemorative labels and place them on a bottle of Prosecco as a lovely keepsake or maybe buy a wedding album and invite all the guests to sign the cover? Just use your imagination and creativity. Here are some ideas.
- Accommodation: Do you really need to stay in the same upscale hotel as the reception? Shop around for alternative accommodation in the area, or if you know anybody in the local area, you could call in a favour and ask to stay with them.
- Your outfit: Weddings are usually extravagant events so looking like a million dollars is important, but you don’t have to spend that much to look good. One way in which you can get that classy, high-end look without the hefty price tag is to rent your outfit. Alternatively, sites like eBay can be a treasure trove of once-worn outfits by big name labels at a fraction of the original price.
- Guest’s got talent: Rather than spend money on a gift, why not offer your talents? You could help with organising the wedding day and take some of the weight off the bride’s shoulders? If you have a gift for singing or playing an instrument, then why not provide the musical accompaniment for the ceremony. Maybe you’re a skilled amateur photographer and can make up a gift set of the best images of the day? Using your talents in lieu of a gift is a great way to keep within a budget.