Summer still seems far away but for those of us who already have every other weekend booked with some sort of wedding activity, it’s creeping up really fast. Welcome to wedding season! I love to celebrate a beautiful couple just like the next person, but my wallet on the other hand – lets just say it’s feeling a heartache. Unfortunately, I don’t have unlimited funds so I’ll be doing everything I can to keep a budget and use these tips to survive wedding season without going broke!
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5 Tips to Survive Wedding Season Without Going Broke
Don’t Buy a New Dress
As tempting as it will be, just don’t. That doesn’t mean you have to wear what’s already in your closet though. Borrowing a dress from your bestie is a perfect way to wear something new and save a couple extra (hundred) bucks. If that’s not an option, consider using Rent the Runway to rent a dress instead of purchasing it. If all else fails – buy one dress and promise yourself to re-purpose it throughout the summer.
Share A Room
One of the most expensive parts of attending a wedding is the hotel. I know it doesn’t seem romantic but if you’re trying to save money during wedding season, share a room with another couple or convince your best friend to be a third wheel. I’m sure she won’t mind and will probably appreciate splitting the cost of a room instead of paying for her own. If the wedding is somewhat local, price out an Uber because even though it could be an expensive trip it still might be significantly cheaper than a hotel for the night.
Pay Ahead of Time
The more you pay now, the less you pay later. Try to book your hotel and flights ahead of time so it doesn’t seem like you are dishing out a large lump of money at one time. It won’t break your wallet’s heart and allows you to plan and budget for each wedding event – bridal shower, bachelorette, wedding, etc.
You’ve checked the wedding registry and there’s NOTHING in your budget. Well maybe if you buy just one plate…but you can’t give someone just one plate. Or can you? Get together and go in on a more expensive gift. That way the bride is getting what she really wants and you’re still sticking to your budget.
Don’t Go Broke
Destination wedding? 4 day bachelorette party? If you don’t have the money, don’t go broke or in debt over trying to make it happen. Give what you can as a gift and set a budget for what you are planning to spend on each couple. At the end of the day, all of this is to celebrate their love for each other and that’s all that should matter.
Don’t forget – you’re not alone when it comes to budgeting and saving money during wedding season. Find a friend (or me!) who can encourage you to follow these tips. Believe me, I’m the first person who will be on board for a bachelorette trip to Nashville but if I don’t have the extra cash – I really need to be self-disciplined and say no. FOMO will be at an all time high but it’s either that or sleep depriving anxiety that you just drained your entire savings account. I’ll take the FOMO!