Tuesday, 27 October 2015

How to save money when attending multiple weddings


Attending weddings is a delightful pleasure for most people – the ability to witness two people that you love and care about exchange vows and pledge to spend their lives together is truly an honour! An, erm, awfully expensive honour at times! Now, it is obvious that the highest cost is usually heaped upon the bride and groom (or their families!), being a wedding guest can be unexpectedly pricey.


While attending one wedding can be costly, attending two, three or more (even 11 in one year, according to this article in the Telegraph!) can be seriously crippling for the pocket book. According to a 2013 Guardian article, the average cost of attending a wedding is 377 pounds per person!


If you (and potentially your spouse) are attempting to keep your credit score high (unsure about the state of your credit score? Naughty! Do an Experian credit check here), your savings account full and your budgets on track each month, attending three weddings in one year can set a couple back 2000 pounds. Multiply that cost by two or three years in a row, and you will have put a major dent in your savings planning and potentially delayed a home purchase – or even your own wedding. Also remember to check out sites such as DealsDaddy and look out for discount codes online.






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While the costs can double, triple or quadruple depending on how many nuptial celebrations you are attending in one year, there are a few ways that you can save money when faced with multiple wedding invitations. Here is a brief list that you might find helpful when planning your social calendar over the next year.
  • Buy a great, versatile dress – A beautiful, high quality dress that works across multiple seasons will serve you very well. Choose a neutral (yet flattering) colour and a fabric that you can wear in both the summer and the winter.
  • Accessorize like mad! If you are invited to four weddings in one year, you should know that these photos will be shared across social media – you don’t want to be caught in the same dress detailed above multiple times! Buy a few lovely scarfs, a blazer, some cute shoes, a pretty cardigan and other versatile pieces that you can add to your dress and style it look wonderful and unique for every wedding you attend.
  • Buy gifts in bulk – Attending three weddings and want to give the young couple some art or a household appliance? Look for items that you can buy in bulk and get a deal on – this works best if the couples do not know eachother!
  • Book your travel in advance – Make sure that you book your flights and train travel in advance – nothing can add up more quickly that last minute travel. Booking your travel at the last minute can often amount to throwing money in the loo.
Attending weddings is a joy – a costly joy, but a joy nonetheless. Do you have any suggestions on how to save money when attending multiple weddings in one year? Leave your comments and tips in the comment section below.

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32 comments:

  1. I love the dress, it's all about playing around with the accessories and colour :)

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  2. This dress is to die for! I need it
    I absolutely love the way all three have been styled so differently.
    Great post lovely :)
    Charlotte x

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  3. The grey dress is gorgeous!
    Jabeen x
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  4. Great tips! I definitely need to get more accessories, at the moment I've been buying new ball gowns for every fancy party I go to which is such a waste of money as they only get worn once or twice!

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  5. Fab tips - gosh I haven't been to a wedding for years! Love that dress. Kaz x

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  6. Fantastic tips - that dress it gorgeous and I love the idea of the subtle changes to make it look new again. x

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  7. Great tips but it's not just the outfit anymore. Too often these days the bride and groom demand money towards the honeymoon. Then there are the three day hen nights somewhere abroad.....it's getting really ridiculous.

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  8. The dress is gorgeous, and really versatile. I don't have any weddings on the horizon, but I just might buy it anyway :) I think your tips are excellent, and many weddings can get really expensive, even more if you have a hen night or a babysitting fee, so every little helps...

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  9. great tips! Love having simple and versatile staple items in my closet!1

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  10. Great tips! I haven't been to a wedding in ages, let alone a few in one year but i'll keep these tips in mind for the future

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  11. Great tips and I love the dresses you picked out. I agree, weddings are so expensive!! xxx

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  12. I like the idea of buying a basic, good quality dress and then accessorising it for different seasons. Great tip.

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  13. That dress is gorgeous! What great ideas....We're at a wedding a couple of weeks after Christmas and it's already getting so expensive just dressing the 4 of us.

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  14. Cute gray dress :)
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    Maria V.

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  15. Great tips, a great looking dress accessorised and used wisely can save a lot of money, indeed!

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  16. Love the dress and the earrings in the second picture! Great tips for attending weddings they really can be so expensive.

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  17. Great tips here. I am loving the outfit options.

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  18. What a great idea! I rarely go to weddings but it makes so much sense to get a dress that you can accessorise in different ways! So much easier being a man, no one blinks an eye if they wear the same suit to every wedding, funeral or event for years!

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  19. I love to buy outfits that I know I'll wear again and again - it's worth the investment that way!

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  20. I adore that dress!! I bought a stunning dress for a wedding and cannot wait to wear it again

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  21. That dress is so gorgeous, I am useless at accessorising so this is brilliant for me x

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  22. I love the fuchsia accents that would be a look I could definitely wear and it is so true it is all about the accessories.

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  23. I wish I'd had tips like this before I attended 13 weddings in 18 months!

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  24. Great tips to save money, it's scary how expensive attending a wedding can be! I love the dress you have picked - it's gorgeous

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  25. Great tips to save money, thankfully with seven children we don't get invited to many weddings, I can't think why!

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  26. These are some great tips! I attended my first ever wedding just last weekend so I dread to think how stressed out I would be attending loads at once!

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  27. Fab tips. I have to say I adore the grey dress, it is really lovely.

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  28. I love that dress! Really great tips there! I've only ever been to one wedding, and I was the bridesmaid. x

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  29. Fab tips (and outfits!) weddings are so expensive aren't they?! I'm glad most of my friends are married now!

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  30. So many amazing ideas! Love this dress! The accessories you added would work for 3 weedings!

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  31. i love that dress! definitely good tips there

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