Wedding season is in full bloom and while tying the knot is getting more expensive for the bride and groom, attending a wedding is becoming costlier, too. In fact, a survey from American Express reveals that it now costs on average $539 to attend a single celebration.
Gifts take a big bite out of every guest’s budget with average spending ranging from $75 to $175 per person, according to The Knot Registry Survey. Relieve the financial pressure by saving on the gift with these eight tips.
Compare prices on registry items. It’s wise to reference a registry to see what the couple wants, but it’s even smarter to compare prices among stores. Online retailers like Amazon and Overstock sell popular registry brands for less than most high-end stores.
Use discount gift cards. If you’re planning to give a gift card or you’re buying an item off a couple’s registry, save money by purchasing discount gift cards from GiftCardGranny.com. The site offers gift cards for less than face value, like a $100 Macy’s gift card for less than $80.
Know where to find coupon codes. Most stores offer coupons these days, you just have to know where to look to find one. For example, by signing up to receive an e-newsletter from Pottery Barn or Williams-Sonoma, you’ll get a coupon code for 10 percent off a future order. If you want a coupon for a specific retailer, do a Google search using that retailer name plus the words, “coupon code.”
Head to a warehouse store. Big box stores like Costco and Sam’s Club sell popular registry items like blenders, food processors and other household goods for roughly 30 percent less.
Go in on a big gift. If the couple registered for an expensive item that is out of range for one person to afford, find a group of friends or relatives to split the cost.
Gift wrap and cards at the dollar store. While the cost of wrapping the gift and signing a greeting card seems insignificant, you may be tacking on another $20 to an already pricey present and every dollar counts! Duck into the dollar store to get the items for a buck each.
Offer your services. If money is really tight, offer your services in lieu of a physical gift. Whether it’s doing hair and makeup for the bride and her maids, putting your photography skills to work at the ceremony or dog-sitting while the couple’s away on their honeymoon, your gift is sure to please.
Spread out purchases. If you recently bought a gift for the bridal shower or booked airfare and hotel for the wedding, don’t feel pressured to purchase a gift right away, especially if funds are limited. The bride and groom would never want you to go into debt to attend their nuptials, so space out your expenses. Simply follow the traditional wedding etiquette rule and send a gift within one year from the event date. Just don’t forget!