How to Make Weddings More Affordable for Your Guests

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Planning a wedding can get pretty expensive, especially when you have to pay for it yourselves, but no one ever talks about how expensive weddings can be for your guests. Unfortunately, you will get to the age where all of your relatives and friends start getting married at the same time and it won’t be uncommon to attend at least four or five weddings each spring and summer season. When you estimate all the money spent on clothes, travel, lodging, and gifts for these events, it can get costly for wedding guests. There are few ways that you, the bride and groom, can make it a little more affordable for everyone involved.

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5 Responses to How to Make Weddings More Affordable for Your Guests

  1. Amy F. says:

    Don’t make your bridesmaids and groomsmen pay for expensive attire. I don’t see why the people you care about most should have to pay money to do you the honor of participating in your wedding. Either let them wear something that has multiple uses, like a black dress with black sandals, or eat the cost yourself.

  2. I have been in multiple weddings and it always upsets me when the bride (because the groom doesn’t usually care) chooses clothing for the wedding party that is expensive. As long as they don’t look bad no one cares what the wedding party is wearing.

    My wife and I were both in a wedding for some friends of ours. We spent over $500 when all was said and done (dress, shoes, tux, travel, etc.). And the bride was kind of incensed that we did not buy a formal gift. We just couldn’t afford anything else for their wedding.

  3. Eileen M. says:

    The advice about holiday wedding travel is off the mark. Weddings around holidays (especially Christmas) can put a real crunch in an already over-taxed holiday budget. My husband and I have been asked to stand up in a Christmastime wedding for a bride who’s just begun planning. (Yes, that would be Christmas 2007.)

    The cost of the dress and tux (and the accompanying rush order charges), on top of our Christmas expenses, the new tires and a new heater core we desperately need for our car, my son’s new glasses (not covered by insurance) and the year-end taxes (I’m self-employed) will undoubtedly break our budget.

    If you don’t have to get married around the holidays, don’t!

  4. sue says:

    I would suggest seeing if you can borrow wedding items from others. I also bought silk flowers on sale at Jo Ann (70% off bridal flowers at the end of June). I am now reusing these arrangements with my second daughter. I just got these back from friends. THey have been in 2 other weddings. I also bought hurricane lamps with candles (after Christmas white at Kohl’s 80% off).
    Invitations can be bought at Michaels. They have a great supply. A friend is showing me how to stamp a gold emblem on them to give them a professional touch. Michaels always has a 40% off coupon weekly.
    Buy a second hand dress or rent.

    Brain storm with your daughter and family members on how to have a wonderful wedding at a lower cost.

  5. Karen says:

    I like the idea of others doing something for your wedding as their wedding gift. The great thing is most people would rather do this. It also cuts down on the price of your wedding with so many people pitching in.

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