There’s something about a fall wedding here in the Ozark Mountains that’s magic. I got married on a perfect autumn day in October along with thousands of other brides in our little corner of the state.
The weather is crisp and the leaves are a perfect blend of early fall colors. It’s simply breathtaking. So pretty in fact that over the last 3 years I’ve been invited to more fall weddings than I can count on two hands. Talk about a hit to the pocket book.
Until now, I’ve always felt that attending weddings was down right expensive. You have to travel for wedding showers and the wedding, buy a gift for the couple, purchase an outfit for the occasion, along with shoes and accessories. I know…the list goes on and on and you are probably thinking…”just suck it up and find a way to make it fit in your budget later”. There’s no way you would miss these occasions for the world, am I right?
Let me just tell you, from bride to guest and from guest to guest, attending weddings doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, I’ve got a few tips and tricks to make sure you can make it to every single one of those fall weddings coming up this year with a little planning on the front end.
Travel & Lodging // There’s a good chance the 5 out of 10 of your wedding invites requires a little travel. Time to pack your bags and jump in the car, because taking a road trip is far cheaper than paying for airfare. Plus there’s more time to make memories that will last you forever. Grab a few of your friends and make it a girls trip so that you can split the gas. Now for the lodging, instead of staying at one of those fancy hotels or…lack there of…try out an Airbnb option that accommodates the whole group and makes you feel more at home.
Your Outfit // Ok, wearing the same outfit to every wedding isn’t ideal, but when you have a small budget, sometimes there’s just no other option. When choosing your seasonal dresses, go with more neutral colors rather than patterns. This allows you the flexibility to dress it up or dress it down while adding different accessories that will change up the look and feel without having to buy a whole new wardrobe. I love going with a classic back dress and adding pops of color with a scarf, necklace or purse. If you have some budget, you can always rent an outfit for an affordable price on sites like Rent The Runway or The Frock Shop. Rent the dress for a fraction of the cost and then send it back when you are done! Easy peasy! Lastly, never be afraid to ask a friend to borrow and swap dresses.
The Gift // Buying gifts is not only difficult, but can be expensive too, but you don’t always have to necessarily buy a gift. Offer your services instead. Do you have a talent that could be helpful to the bride or wedding party? Offer it up! Maybe you are good at designing floral arrangements, calligraphy, photography, or doing makeup. The bride has a million things to check off her list and if she can count on you to cover any one, consider it a gift! She will be forever thankful.
Do you have other helpful tips on how to attend weddings on a small budget? Share them below!
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