1. Don’t RSVP yes to every wedding
Sounds extreme, but that’s one way to save lots of money. You might be invited to the wedding of an old uni friend you haven’t seen in years and probably won’t see again, so it’s a bit of a no brainer if you have several other weddings to attend. And don’t feel like you need to send a present either, just make sure you give them a courtesy call to tell them you’re not coming.
2. Shop the January sales
It takes some thinking ahead, but the January sales are the perfect time to buy some wedding-appropriate gifts for a discount price – think lovely glassware or electricals. It’s also a great opportunity to get a new outfit.
3. Rent an Airbnb
Hotels too expensive? Chances are you will find an Airbnb rental for a fraction of the cost, plus rent a house and you can split the cost with friends.
4. Rent an outfit
While we’re on the subject of rentals, why not rent a dress if you don’t have anything suitable? Places like Chic by Choice and Girl Meets Dress offer a wide selection of designer dresses you can rent from as little as £29, and new sign-ups get extra cash off.
5. Borrow accessories
Plan ahead and borrow accessories from your friends. You’d be surprised how a sparkly belt and colourful clutch bag can transform a simple dress.
6. Sign up to travel offers
Travelling to a wedding? Sign up to travel newsletters to get the best deals possible. Places likes lastminute.com and travelzoo have some great offers on anything from flights to hotels.
7. Set a budget
Budgets spreadsheets aren’t just useful for the bride and groom! Make a note of every wedding and hen/stag do you have to attend and how much you can afford to spend on each. If you do it far enough in advance, you can put a bit of money aside each month in a ‘wedding pot’. Much less of a nasty surprise then!
8. Split gifts with friends
It is ok to go off the gift list sometimes, though best to check with the bride and groom if they are happy with that first. If several of you contribute just a tenner each, you can afford a very nice present.
9. Don’t feel you HAVE to give money
Remember giving money at a wedding isn’t compulsory, and most invitations say as much. It’s the thought that counts, and your friends/family will just be happy you’re there to celebrate with them.
10. Get an uber
Download the uber app if you need to get from the hotel to the venue but don’t have a car or want to drive. It’s cheaper, and you can now split the cost with others going to the same place.
11. Buy a classic suit
For men, get a classic suit that won’t go out of style and you’ll be sorted for many weddings to come. Pick a versatile colour like a light navy, which can work for winter and summer weddings alike.