How to Get Through Wedding Season on a Budget

couple at their wedding on a budget

Celebrating a new marriage together with your friends or family is a lot of fun, but all those wedding invites can put a strain on your budget. Between wedding attire, travel costs and gifts, each wedding can add up quick. According to the most recent research by Express Spending & Saving Tracker, the average wedding guest is out $673 for each wedding they attend. Follow our wedding hacks and learn how to celebrate in style without breaking your budget.

Save on airfare 

Get the best deal on your flight with these hacks.

  • Clear your browser cache before searching for a flight so airlines don’t target you with high-priced flights.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking your ticket for mid-week and/or taking a red-eye flight.
  • Shop on a Tuesday about six weeks before you’re needing to fly out to score the best deals.
  • Use apps like Kayak and Hopper to help you find the best-priced tickets. Some apps will even send you alerts when tickets on a flight you’ve looked at go down in price.

If your destination is within driving distance, you might choose to hop on a train, board a bus or rent a car with some friends and turn the drive into a fun road trip.  

Think outside the registry 

Jump off the registry bandwagon and get creative instead. You can gift the couple with a more personalized gift, like a themed breakfast basket or tickets and reservations for a dream date night. No one has to know how much (or how little) you spent. Plus, your gift is sure to be memorable and treasured by the couple. 

Don’t buy a dress

Instead of dropping a ton of money on a gown you might wear once, rent one for a fraction of the price from rental services like Rent the Runway. You can also borrow from a friend or purchase your dress gently used on sites like

Invest in a good suit 

If you’re looking at several weddings over the next few months, it might be worthwhile to invest in a top-quality suit or tux you can wear again and again. Once you’ve got your suit, you can change up the outfit for different weddings by swapping the shirt and tie or bowtie. 

Use AirBNB 

Instead of spending hundreds on a hotel stay for every destination wedding you attend, check out AirBNB for cheaper lodgings. Save even more by booking a full apartment or an entire house with a couple of friends and splitting the cost. 

Don’t be afraid to say no 

If you’re asked to be a bridesmaid or an usher and you know you can’t afford the associated costs, don’t be afraid to explain your position to your soon-to-be-married friends or family. They’ll likely understand and either accept your decline or adjust their plans so you can afford to be part of the wedding party.    

If you still need a little more help funding wedding season, consider an Everything Loan. You can get up to $1,200 to use on everything you need and pay off the loan in 12 easy payments.

These wedding hacks should help you stay on budget this wedding season so you can focus on celebrating rather than stressing about debt.