Survive Wedding Season Without Blowing Your Budget. P #2

Purchase affordable, but classy wedding outfits

Another money-saving tips for your wedding includes cutting down cost on extravagant buys.

Whether you’re attending an extravagant black-tie event or a low-key exchanging of vows on the sand, there are ways to buy your wedding looks for less.

Especially if you’re invited to attend several shindigs leading up to the ceremonies, you’ll want to shop for looks you feel great wearing, while also feeling great about the price tag.

For bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and the big day itself, purchase affordable, classy outfits that make you feel chic at every event.

Better yet, invest in versatile pieces like a classic little black dress for your wedding wardrobe.

It will look elegant as you clink glasses at your friend’s reception, but work just as well as a dressed-up date night look. Plus, with a timeless piece like an LBD, you can break it out again for next year’s wedding cycle, knowing that it will never go out of style.

Get creative when choosing a gift for the newlyweds-to-be

Even with a link to their wedding registry, it can be overwhelming trying to select the perfect gift for the happy couple, especially if you’re working with a budget.

Even more so when you’re attending multiple nuptials, considering that some popular registry kitchen gadgets and cookware sets come accompanied by triple-digit price tags. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours crunching numbers, wondering how you’ll afford a gift for every wedding this season.

You just have to think outside the box.

One way to save money on a wedding gift is by ditching the registry in favor of a homemade gift. Not only will it have a personal, heartfelt touch, but it will only cost the price of materials and a little bit of time spent getting crafty.

So, if you’re a seasoned knitter, put your skills to work by making a homemade quilt for the couple to cozy up with or, if you have an eye for photography, offer to do a pre-wedding photoshoot of the engaged pair and frame one of the best shots to give as a gift.

If homespun presents aren’t your thing, look into whether or not the couple has any funds or group gifts set up on their registry.

Popular wedding sites like Zola allow users to mark items, (typically more expensive buys) as group gifts, meaning several guests can contribute any amount toward the purchase.

By putting what your wedding budget will allow toward a fund or group gift, you’ll know you helped contribute toward an item or experience the couple will enjoy, without your wallet taking a hit.