7 sure ways to save while attending weddings
By now, your refrigerator is probably decorated with a collage of save-the-dates and wedding invitations. Consider yourself on the summer wedding circuit! RSVP “Yes” and prepare for a sweet summer of “I Do’s” as you celebrate your favorite newlyweds.
Here’s how to save at weddings, while being a great (and stylish) guest!
1. Shop the registry early:
As soon as you get the save-the-date, take a glimpse at the registry. Most couples will register at various price points and the gifts in the mid-level price range can get checked off the list pretty quickly.
2. Go in on a group gift:
If there’s some big-ticket items on the registry, get together with other friends and family members to see if they’d consider doing a group gift. Target makes it easy to group gift from registries.
3. Know when to book travel:
Headed to a wedding out-of-state? The best time to book domestic travel is 54 days before take-off, according to a new study from CheapAir. If you’re en route to a destination wedding out of the country, you’ll want to book further in advance. Savvy travelers also recommend booking travel mid-week and being flexible with your travel dates (i.e. if you’re attending a wedding on a Saturday, fly in on Wednesday. Prices for weekend travel go up).
4. Bundle your travel:
5. Consider a vacation home:
Those same family members or friends you’re going in on a group gift with? See if they also might be interested in renting a vacation home with HomeAway. The cost of the room per night will be less than hotel stays. Plus, you’ll net all kinds of additional savings: You won’t have to pay for valet or other hotel amenities and you can prepare meals at your rental instead of eating out for every meal.
6. Remix one great dress:
No need to buy a new dress for each and every wedding you attend. Rather, say “I do” to one great dress and trade out shoes, jewelry, and clutches every time you wear it, giving it a new look. Pro tip: Buy a classic dress without any patterns and pull in extra colors and pops of patterns with your accessories. Find great dresses at stores like Macy’s, New York and Company, or Banana Republic and you’ll get Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com, too.
7. Don’t rush to put on the finishing details:
We’ve all been there: Rushing to the store to grab a last-minute card or overpriced tissue paper or wrapping paper. If you’ve got a lot of weddings on your calendar, check out the local dollar store and find great deals on cards and wrapping essentials. Stock up so that you’ve got these must-haves on hand throughout the summer.