As a wedding guest, expenses can easily stack up, from transport and accommodation to wedding gifts. So, when all of your friends and family members seem to be tying the knot, costs can add up further still. Luckily, there are many ways that you can save as a wedding guest.
Book your transport in advance or split car rides
One of the easiest ways to cut down on your costs of attending a friend or family member’s wedding is by booking your transport in advance, or by splitting the car fare with other wedding guests.
If you’re travelling to your destination by train, be sure to book your train ticket months in advance, in order to score the best deal. Tickets will steadily increase in price as the months draw closer and closer to the wedding day. To save even more on your train fare, take a look on bargain websites such as Train Line, which will find you the best seat at the cheapest price for your travel date. To save the pennies even further, double check that you have an updated travel card, if you are eligible for one; for example, people under 25 are entitled to a railcard that allows them money off their train fares.
If you are travelling by car, then you can also save money on travel costs, by filling up all your passenger seats with other wedding guests. If you don’t have your car seats full with family members, then offering to drive other wedding guests is a great way to cut costs on your petrol. You can cut costs on petrol by asking other wedding guests to chip in for the journey, this will greatly slash the costs of your ride to the wedding location.
Accommodation can be one of the more expensive costs of being a wedding guest, but luckily, there are many ways to cut costs of staying over for the night.
If you have friends or family in the local area then asking to stay the night with them is an ideal way to save on accommodation. In contrast, you can easily book an inexpensive B&B to save costs on both food and accommodation for the night.
If you’re not coupled up, a great way to save money on accomodation is to share a room with another guest, as Hitched highlights:
“If you’re not attending with a plus one, don’t pay more than you need to for a hotel room. Arrange to share a room with another solo friend to split the costs, or get a family room between a few of you.”
Save money on your wedding gift
There are many ways in which you can save money on your wedding gift. Looking for cheap deals online for homeware and other items is one great way to do this. Sites such as Groupon tend to supply stock at reduced cost. Another way to save money on your wedding gift, is by shopping in advance in the sales. If you receive a wedding invite for a wedding in a year’s time (as is common for most weddings) then you have plenty of time to shop around in the year’s upcoming sales, in order to find the perfect gift for your friends or family.
Another way to cut costs on your wedding gift is by going “halfsies”, which you do with your partner, friend or fellow family member, in order to buy a great gift for the couple for less. Beyond just splitting the costs of the gift with one other person, you can easily save even more by splitting the costs of the gift with more than one person; however, if this is the case, then be sure to invest in a quality gift that the couple would really want, to save looking cheap on the day.
In addition, if you’re really strapped for cash, the DIY gift is always a thoughtful option that will make the couple feel that you have taken the time to invest love and care into creating a unique gift just for them.
Weddings can be expensive for guests, but you can save on your wedding gift, travel and accommodation with little effort. Follow our tips and you’ll be able to keep most of your excess costs down.