Have you ever stopped and thought about the cost of being a wedding guest? If you have recently been to a wedding then the chances are you have thought about it and know only too well that it can be a costly affair.

A recent survey conducted by Experian showed that 1 in every 20 wedding guests had to borrow money to attend, it also found that the cost of attending a wedding as guests had caused an argument between almost 1 in 4 couples.

Some of the costs to attend a wedding include, travel, outfits, a present for the bride and groom and even accommodation depending on where the venue is. Something that you think will be an affordable day can soon spiral out of control. For example, the survey showed that 1 in 20 people have to borrow money in order to attend.

I have been to a few weddings over the years and have enjoyed attending and being a part of the bride and groom’s special day but costs do quickly add up. A close friend is currently in the process of planning her wedding. Thankfully she is planning her big day for the summer of 2016 so I have plenty of time to save money and budget.

My friend lives hundreds of miles away so I will have to pay for travel, accommodation, a present and I would like to buy a new outfit if the budget allows. I know it will be an expensive day overall but I accept that and it will be worth it to be a part of my friends special day. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

If you have a wedding to attend and are worried about the cost there are a few things you can do to try and keep costs down and still have a fantastic time.

  • If you have to travel to the venue why not see if you can arrange to share a car with a few other guests you know. This will help keep costs down as everyone can pay towards the petrol and it is also eco-friendly!
  • Nobody expects you to have a new outfit every time you attend a wedding. Wear that gorgeous dress you worse last time, it looked good and I bet you paid good money for it. You could always see if your friends have something you could wear for the day if you want something different.
  • If the venue is far and you need to book accommodation do so as early as possible. That way you won’t be panicking about having nowhere to stay and will get a good rate.

I will be using a few of the tips above to keep costs down when I attend my friend’s wedding next Summer. If you have any tips on how to keep the cost down do let me know in the comments below.

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