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‘Wedding season’ is the time when a majority of couples tie the knot, ranging from May to October. Of course, you want to be able to attend all of your close friends’ weddings (and drool over their gorgeous rings), but traveling and buying gifts can get expensive. From the costs of travel and gifts to new clothes and wedding registry items, it’s easy to spend way more money than you intended. But, with a little bit of planning, you can survive the wedding season without going broke.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends at Ritani to give you some simple money-saving tips to help you survive wedding season on a budget.
Wedding guest dresses can be especially costly because you probably won’t wear them again and they tend to be more formal than your everyday clothes. But that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to find a wedding guest dress you love. You can save big when you rent your wedding guest dress and follow these money-saving tips.
Here’s a how to survive wedding season on a budget!
1. Attend Selectively
During peak wedding season, you’ll likely receive multiple invites – but you don’t need to attend every wedding you are invited to. Couples completely understand that not everyone they are inviting to their wedding will actually be able to make it. Of course, you should make an effort to attend the wedding of a close friend – but it’s okay to pass on a wedding for someone you haven’t seen in years.
Armoire member Lorraine Ladish in a wedding-ready Nicole Miller dress.
2. Book Flights Strategically
Buying your flight months in advance doesn’t always ensure the cheapest tickets. For domestic flights, it is recommended that you book 3 weeks to 3 months in advance.
It’s wise to track flight price fluctuations. Set up alerts that notify you of any prices changes so you can buy your tickets at the right time.
Armoire member Kelly Wood Clark wears a Kate Spade New York coat.
3. Rent Your Wedding Guest Dress
If you’re headed to multiple weddings, clothing rental can help you save major cash!
Instead of wasting your paycheck and precious closet space on formal dresses you’ll only wear once, you can wear a new outfit for each wedding without purchasing a thing. When you rent wedding guest dresses, you’re not only being smart with your money, you’re helping reduce your fashion footprint.
With Armoire, you can rent an endless rotation of wedding-ready styles for a flat fee each month. We’ll curate a selection of styles with help from our algorithm and professional stylists, and ship the ones you love straight to your door. Dry cleaning and shipping are always on us!
Armoire member Tamy Lugo attends a wedding in a sparkly Maje dress.
Wedding-Ready Styles to Rent
4. DIY Your Hair & Makeup
Unless you’re the one walking down the aisle, there’s really no need to blow your paycheck at the salon. See if you can recruit a talented friend to help you style your hair & makeup for the wedding. While an at-home mani and a DIY spray tan may not be as glamorous, they can really help you save big!
Armoire member Courtney wears Yumi Kim.
5. Chip in on a Group Gift
If you have friends going to the same wedding, consider going in on a group gift. With enough people, you can go in on a more lavish gift from the couple’s registry and spend less than you would have on an individual gift.
Remember – watching your friends & family members get married is a fun, unique and exciting time – try to not get too caught up in finances and enjoy their special day!