Let me just start by saying – I love weddings. I love everything about them – the gorgeous outfits and hats, the stunning piles of gifts, the delectable food and drinks and of course, the outpouring of love between two people that I care about during the ceremony. That all said, as a recent journalism graduate my salary is not exactly where I one day want it to be (and that is putting it lightly!) and weddings are bloody expensive!
Attending a wedding is a blast, but remember – you’ll need:
· a lovely new dress
· a new matching pair of shoes (obvs)
· new hosiery and maybe even new knickers (yes please!)
· accessories (like a hat, gloves, handbag and jewelry)a car to and from the venue
· train travel to and from the destination, potentially including hotel accommodation
· a gift (and I do love to shop, so I love to spend a little more than I should on this)
· pocket money, potentially for a cash bar
All together, this can easily rack up to over a thousand pounds, and not everyone can afford to drop that kind of cash without a second thought. I have to plan for these events up to 6 months in advance, and so lately I have been setting money aside up to a year ahead of time. This way, I find that I am not caught unprepared at the last minute, and I can set money aside at the same time that I am saving money for holidays and other more practical (and less fun) endeavours.
In order to make sure that I am in good shape to start saving for a friend or family member’s wedding I check my credit report annually. This may seem like a strange and/ or unnecessary thing to do before planning to attend what is essentially a glorified party, but you can see from above that these events can get really spendy! I don’t want to have to scrimp and pinch when it comes to a celebration of love, and I also don’t want to get caught off guard by finding out that I have an old unpaid debt that I didn’t even know about. Checking your credit report regularly is just a smart thing to do, and it’s a great habit to get into while you are still young.
Once that is all sorted out, here are some other easy ways to save money for an upcoming wedding:
· You can set aside your pocket change every day (this racks up to over 100 pounds a month for me if I am diligent and don’t steal pound coins back out of the change jar to buy a cheeky flat white).
· By your new dress at the end of the season – the nice thing about weddings is that you usually know about them a year or so in advance. Shop at the end of the corresponding season, and that’s your pretty new dress sorted at a bargain.
· Split wedding accommodation and travel arrangements with friends – sharing a car rental with other wedding guests (even if you do not know them in advance!) can be a lot cheaper than a train ticket, and sharing an Air BnB flat rather than a hotel room will be a lot less expensive – and a lot more fun.