Wedding Insurance is a must!
Wedding Bells… Or Wedding Bills?
There seems to be a time of year when your diary is suddenly chock full of weddings and it seems like every weekend it’s another friend or relative getting married.
Naturally a wedding is a time for celebration, but as a wedding guest you might find it’s also the time to take out a loan as the costs mount up.
The happy couple have been planning and saving for months, if not years, whereas when the invitation pops through your door, you have just a few months to get yourself (and probably your partner) organised.
According to event management company Chillisauce*, one wedding and hen party or stag do could set you back more than £500.
This seems a lot of money for a guest, but when you take all the factors into consideration, it’s easily done.
Not for love nor money:
The stag and hen do of the couple may have been a night out or it may have been a weekend away. If you and your partner were both involved then it probably cost you upwards of £100 each or more if there was also an engagement party.
If the wedding venue is a long way from your home, then realistically you’re going to have to stay at least one night in a hotel or B&B as driving there and back in one day means you’ll be tired and won’t enjoy the wedding.
Petrol and accommodation aren’t cheap and if the rooms closest to the venue have already been booked, you may find yourself having to take a taxi back to your accommodation at the end of the night, which won’t be cheap. Guests may also have to buy their own drinks, which contributes to the cost as well.
Your wedding outfit may also set you back a fair amount, especially if the guests at this wedding are the same as at the last four weddings so you just can’t wear the same dress again.
Add in a present for the happy couple and suddenly this wedding has cost you a monthly mortgage payment and it’s not even your wedding!
All you need is love:
If you want to save money at weddings, then there are ways to cut the costs. Speak to the couple and see if camping is available in the grounds of the venue. Although not necessarily ideal for changing into your glad rags, it’s likely to be a good deal cheaper than a B&B.
Travelling is always difficult but booking trains in advance can save you money and you can always sleep on the journey home instead of having to concentrate on driving.
Gift wise, try and think of a personal present you can give to the couple. Why not offer to help them paint their new house? Alternatively you could create a personal photo album of you with the couple - something they’ll treasure forever.
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