According to the 2018 Wedding Guest Study by The Knot, an online marketplace, guests spent an average of $289 on a wedding gift
Add to this the cost of a new outfit, transport and possibly an overnight stay, it can be an expensive time.
Here is a handy guide to help keep some of those costs down:
- Set a realistic budget- This is a crucial first step. Whether a combined budget for everything- gift, clothing, transport and refreshments or just the gift itself, it is good practice to have a set limit or it can spiral out of control.
- Buy off registry- Take a look at the registry if there is one, you may be surprised at what is on there. Many people choose to pass over on the smaller, ‘less important’ items but they are on the list for good reason- they are wanted! Some of the utensils or crockery etc could make a great hamper.
- Buy discount gift cards/ experiences- There are plenty of websites offering discounted cards and experiences. They are great options to look into. Swagbucks allows you to take surveys, watch videos and do shopping online in exchange for free gift cards. Giftcardgranny offers discounts or cash back on your favourite gift card brands. Sites such as Groupon and Living Social are also sites worth visiting- you could purchase a couple’s spa day with massages or experience for whilst they are on honeymoon. There are cinema and dining deals for a romantic night out together post-honeymoon.
- Stockpile credit and travel rewards- If you travel a lot for pleasure or business, many hotels and airlines offer loyalty schemes/ programs. You can earn points and miles and some of the programs allow you to spend these across other programs. These could be used to upgrade the happy couple’s flights. Some credit cards also offer great rewards.
- Provide a professional service- Do you own a car that is the envy of everyone? Are you a budding photographer? Is baking your forte? Maybe you’re spectacular with hairstyling and makeup? Any of these ‘services’ could be provided by you, as your gift. The bride and groom would be saving a lot of money and so would you, win-win situation!
- Contribute to a cash registry- These can include honeymoon fund contributions or towards a large purchase such as a sofa, garden fund or even towards a deposit for a new home.
- Go in on a group gift- If there is a more expensive gift that is on a registry, could you and other friends or family members all put in together to purchase it? Bigger gifts are sometimes there with an expectation for people to pull together for it.
- Make something- A romantic night in? Pack a box set, a cosy blanket, some candles and snacks. Or it could be a jar of passata, pasta, herbs, candles and napkins for a meal. A honeymoon hamper- beach towels, sunglasses, sunscreen, fun beach games and a good book or two. If you’re very close to the couple and part of every step, maybe a scrapbook with pictures, fabric samples, wedding invites, order of service, photos and some personal messages from those closest to cherish memories of the lead up to it.