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Financially Surviving Wedding Season as a Guest

by Laura Gariepy

According to the New York Times, the average wedding guest spends nearly $900 to partake in the festivities. That price tag can make your wallet want to say, “I don’t!” — especially if your wedding season dance card is full.

But don’t worry. Charlie knows a bunch of money-saving hacks so you can catch the bouquet without breaking the bank!

Set a Budget and Prioritize

Take a peek at your finances and determine exactly how much you can spend on the occasion without wreaking havoc on your budget. Once you have a figure in mind, it’s time to create a spending plan.

You can stay near the venue in style, rival the bride for beauty, or be the best gift giver ever — but you may not be able to afford to do it all. If that’s the case, you’ll need to make some trade-offs to stay within your set limits. For example, if you want to give a lavish gift, that could mean forgoing the expensive salon visit the morning of the ceremony.

Tip: Charlie can help you plan ahead by starting a new savings goal called “wedding.”

Pool Resources

Try going in on wedding attendance expenses with family and friends. You can split the cost of lodging, transportation, and even the gift. That way, everyone saves some cash and can still fully take part in the experience.

Beautify Yourself (or Find a Deal)

If you’ve got the skills, skip the pricey salon and do your own hair, makeup, and mani-pedi. DIY’ing your beauty regimen will save you some serious cash. (You may even already have the supplies on hand!) Afraid of looking like Elizabeth Holmes? Ask a friend to help paint your face and braid their hair in trade.

If you really want to be pampered, check Groupon to score a deal on the service. You can also reach out to local beauty schools. Often, their students will gussy you up for much less dough than a pro.

Re-wear or Rent Attire

There is zero shame in wearing a killer dress (or suit) twice. So save your wallet and rock that outfit again! You can also raid a friend’s closet to wear something that’s new to you. But — if you must wear something brand new, consider renting your ensemble for a fraction of the price of buying it off the rack.

Make Your Gift

If you’ve got the talent, why not use it to make something heartfelt and budget friendly? Your newlyweds will appreciate the gesture and will likely cherish it over another set of wine glasses.

Here are some ideas to spark your creativity:

  • Sing a song at the reception
  • Make the centerpieces on the dinner tables
  • Offer to photograph the event
  • Create a scrapbook about their relationship
  • Knit a blanket for their couch or bed
  • Paint their new family portrait

Still feeling uninspired? Pinterest has got you covered!

Just Say No

Although it hurts to check “will not attend” on the RSVP card, remember: an invitation to a wedding is a request, not a requirement. Sometimes your wallet just can’t swing it and that’s OK. If that happens, confidently decline with your regrets and send a little (perhaps homemade) gift in your place.

Final Thoughts

Being a wedding guest can be crazy expensive — but it doesn’t have to be. Every element of the experience can be optimized to fit your budget. So go ahead and feel the love while enjoying your fatter bank account.

What’s the most you’ve ever spent as a wedding guest? Was it worth it?

Please note: We don’t have an affiliation with or personally endorse any of the services linked to in this post. We’re just trying to give you some ideas.

This article was originally published at HiCharlie.com

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Wedding Packages & Additional Package Options

Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for Charleston, SC

Our packages were designed for destination and local couples that don’t want to be overwhelmed with all of the details.  Every package can be customized to your unique situation. All wedding packages are considered a template.  After contacting us with which wedding package best meets your needs, we will email you a package option sheet.  You will then customize your package by taking off the items you don’t need, and adding items you want. We then schedule your wedding team and coordinate the work for you, all while saving you money.

Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages:

 Helicopter Elopement Package

Say your “I Do’s” over the Charleston Skyline. Please note that the maximum weight per person for the Helicopter is 280 pounds. Venue included.

 Romantic Elopement Package

Get married in beautiful Charleston, SC. This package includes professional photography as well as an officiant. Venue not included, but we can make recommendations.

 Plantation Elopement Package

Get married in one of the most beautiful places in America among the live oaks, bamboo forests, cypress swamp gardens, bridges, ponds, and many alcoves. This package includes floral, a professional hair and makeup artist, a professional photographer, and an officiant. Please note that Magnolia Plantation elopements can occur Monday – Friday between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The bridal suite can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed for elopements. Venue included. No guests are allowed per Magnolia Plantation Policy.

 Intimate Wedding Package

Have that intimate wedding you have always dreamed of in the romantic city of Charleston! The Intimate Package includes professional photography, floral, and a wedding officiant. Feel free to customize this package to fit all of your dreams. Venue not included, but we can make recommendations.

 Charleston Wedding Package

Get married in one of Charleston’s very scenic parks. This package includes floral, professional photography, a professional musician, an officiant, and the park permit. Wedding consultation and guidance to planning your big wedding day is also provided via email and phone support. Venue included.

 Beach Wedding Package

Have the beach wedding you have always dreamed of! This package allows you to choose from Folly Beach or Isle of Palms Beach and can be customized to fit your needs. The Beach Wedding Package includes floral, professional photography, a professional musician, and an officiant. Wedding consultation and guidance to planning your big wedding day is also provided via email and phone support.

 Charming Wedding Package

Planning a wedding of about 50 guests? The Charming Wedding Package provides all of your needs for your big wedding day. We offer a partial coordinator to setup and direct your ceremony. We offer Floral, Hair and Makeup, Officiants, Photography, Musician, Flower Girl Basket and Ring Bearer Pillow. Venue not included, but we can make recommendations.

 Elegant Wedding Package

Planning a wedding of about 100 guests? The Elegant Wedding Package provides all of your needs for your big wedding day and includes everything from the Charming Package. You will want a Day of Coordinator to organize and set-up your wedding vision, so you can have a stress-free day and enjoy your wedding day! Venue not included, but we can make recommendations.

 Plantation Oaks Inn Elopement Package

Picture your “I Do’s” with a beautiful tidal creek and marsh with 300 year old oak trees as your backdrop. This package includes a 2 night stay at the Inn, breakfast, photography, floral, champagne, and an officiant.

Additional Wedding Package Options:

Floral

We offer common seasonal floral with most of our packages. Whether it be aWedding Bouquet just the couple or a wedding party, we have you covered.

 

Officiants

We have a professional team of officiants for you which includes both male and female. Each ceremony is personalized to the couple.  Average time is 10-20 minutes, depending on what the couple chooses to include in their ceremony. The length of the ceremony depends on many variables such as: will someone read a poem or sing a song; number of the wedding party, etc. Couples are not charged based on the length of the wedding ceremony.

Photographers

We work with a team of professional photographers for your wedding. 50 images equates to about 1 hour of time. Your photo package can be upgraded to best fit your needs.

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Coordination

Coordination is also available. Whether you need assistance with coordinating the ceremony or your entire day, we are here to help!

Hair and Makeup

We have hair and makeup artists that travel to you on your special day. We offer both traditional makeup and airbrush makeup. Need hair and makeup for your wedding party? We have you covered.

Decoration Rentals

When you rent decorations for your ceremony, we deliver, setup, and take down all décor leaving your friends and family to enjoy your day with you.

Items include

• Shepherd hooks to hang your decorations on to create aisle
• White lanterns/Brass lanterns with LED candle to hang on hooks or placed on ground
• White lanterns with flowers to hang on hooks or on ground
• Medium arrangements to hang on shepherd hooks or place on ground to create aisle (can be used at reception/restaurant)
• Large floral arrangements (can be used again at reception/restaurant)
• Aisle of 8-10 starfish

Other Rentals

• White Wooden Arbor
• Chair Rentals: White Garden Chairs

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Musicians

We offer solo, duo, or a trio of musicians for your special day. Need a musician for cocktail hour as well, we have you covered.

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