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Wedding Season: Tips to stay on budget as a guest

Photograph: Meaghan Baxter Photography

You get a jolt of joy when you see it…

You rip open that save the date and a huge smile crosses your face. Someone wants you to be a part of their big day. However, the moment you check the attending box and put the card in the mail, you’ve just agreed to spend a massive sum of money.

Did you know the average cost of attending a wedding is around $1400! That’s not an amount to be taken lightly. Now that we can finally start having weddings again, we are here to offer you some tips on how to budget for all those upcoming nuptials!

  1. Set your wedding budget early: As those invites start coming in hot and heavy, the key to weathering this storm is planning and saving early.

  2. Regularly check in with your finances: As the exciting day grows closer, you can check in with your finances and ensure that you have enough cash to cover the costs of being a guest

  3. Say no to pre-wedding events: We know that this may create a serious case of FOMO but cutting out events such as bachelorette parties and engagement dinners can save you some serious cash.

  4. Skip the hotel and look at other options: if you are attending a destination wedding, consider looking checking out websites such as AirBnb or Vrbo. And don’t wait! The sooner you sort out your accommodation, the more money you will likely save.

  5. A thoughtful gift can mean more than an expensive one: if your funds are low, avoid splurging on the expensive gifts on the registry. For example, you could paint a pot for the couple or put together a unique photo album. After all, it is the thought that counts.

Remember, at the end of the day, all the bride and groom really want is you to be there and help them celebrate this momentous occasion. So don’t break the bank to show your love!


Featured Vendors:

Wild Rose Wedding Workshops, The Pioneer, Heather Johnston Creative, Creative Edge Flowers, Coven Creative, Mountain Grove Creative, Durand Bridal, Ed Williams Menswear, Joanna Bisley Designs, ADX Diamond, Kyra Dawn Artistry, Curated Kits, Marbella Dish

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