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How to Save Money as a Wedding Guest

Weddings are not only expensive for the bride and groom – being a wedding guest adds up. From travel to gifts to attire and everything in-between, wedding season can sometimes feel like it’s burning a hole in your pocket. So, to help you all make it through wedding season without stressing about your bank account, we’ve put together a little guidance that will help you save.

The Travel
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Plan your travel early and share costs with friends where you can. Everyone knows that plane fares increase closer to the travel date – so don’t wait to book your tickets. If you have to fly, or even take a train, book your travel as soon as you get the save the date.  As for sharing costs with friends, if you’re driving and have to rent a car, definitely ask around to see if anyone is in the same boat and wants to split the ride. Also, don’t be afraid to snuggle up with some friends. Sharing hotel rooms can majorly cut down on your expenses.

The Gift 
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You don’t have to be a big spender to get the bride and groom the gift of their dreams. Team up with friends and other guests to purchase a larger item that the couple will really want. Group gifting allows you to spend a reasonable amount of money without skimping on the present.

The Attire
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Don’t be afraid to wear the same dress, or suit, multiple times. We get it – you don’t want to be caught wearing the same thing over and over again in wedding photos that end up scattered all across the internet. However, if you purchase simple wedding clothes – think dresses that are solid colors – and mix up the tie or jewelry, nobody will know the difference. Also, don’t be afraid to hem or re-wear bridesmaids dresses.

Saying No
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At the end of the day, it is perfectly fine to decline a wedding invitation if your budget cannot handle the cost. Plan ahead and try to prioritize your closest friends and family when making these decisions. If you’re going to spend money to attend any wedding, don’t choose a new acquaintance over your best friend from college. And at the end of the day, trust your gut – if you’re overly stressed about the cost, don’t feel obligated to attend. Just remember to RSVP in time and send a gift to make sure the couple knows you’re thinking of them on their big day.

Images || (Featured) Heather Saunders Photography via Julie Ann Art (1) Zola Images |  (2) Anita Calero via Real Simple | (3) A Fist Full of Bolts via Green Wedding Shoes | (4) Evermine Blog

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