The Expense of Being a Wedding Guest

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Everyone loves a good wedding, though very few people love the cost. Fortunately, there are ways to keep wedding costs down if you think and act ahead of the big day.


First, book your accommodation well in advance – and before the other guests book the inexpensive options! Avoid posh hotels and look for small independent B&Bs, hostels and self-catering options. You’ll be amazed at the difference in cost between staying at a hotel and travelling to a smaller, less fancy venue afterwards. Consider booking family rooms for large groups if discounts are available.


Book your travel well in advance to save money. This particularly applies if you are travelling by train, as you can get some great advance offers if you book several months beforehand. Be flexible about your travel times and dates and look at options such as coaches too, which can often be very good value if you are travelling across the country. For closer venues try car sharing and filling up the car to split petrol costs. Avoid expensive taxis if there is a cheaper alternative. Lack of planning is usually the biggest driver of costs.


There’s no need for wedding guests to buy a new outfit for a wedding. Why not try updating an existing outfit or customising it by changing accessories.


The bride and groom do not need expensive presents to feel appreciated. Spend time picking a thoughtful, well-chosen gift rather than resorting to an expensive and impersonal gift at the last minute. Look online for better prices, or if you have a specific skill or talent, why not offer it to them on the day to save them costs; for example, if you take high-quality photography, dress hair, make outfits or arrange flowers.

Getting Your Finances in Order

Remember too that if you’re struggling with finances, particularly a raft of escalating credit card bills, then there are better ways to get organised and deal with debts for good. A secured loan can help you avoid overdraft charges and using credit cards, allowing you to consolidate your debts. A single debt is much easier to pay off on time. You’ll also know exactly how much you need to repay each month, rather than being in for a nasty surprise. Speak to a specialist provider such as Evolution Money to find out what options are available to you.

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Evolution Money.


  1. Tanya says

    This post is brilliant. I have so many weddings to go to and I have no idea how to finance them all. It gets so expensive, if you want to buy nice gifts and look good as well.

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