Summer means one thing: lots of weddings. Even though you may want to attend all of your friends’ weddings, not to mention their engagement parties, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties, soon, the price of doing so really adds up. But, according to finance and wedding experts, there are ways to survive summer wedding season without going broke. In essence, all you have to do is say “I do” to budgeting and getting creative when it comes to how to approach wedding expenses. Whether you start a “weddings” savings account or use an app, like BrightPlan, where you can save money for different goals (with the option of a financial planner for $20 per month), budgeting for weddings is possible.
Andrea Woroch, consumer savings expert, writer, and TV personality, agrees. “From my own personal experience, I’m an expert when it comes to budgeting for weddings — I have felt over-extended when several family members and close friends all got married within the span of two years (a couple of years ago!),” she tells Bustle. “During this time, my husband and I attended 12 weddings in five different states, including one international destination and one out-of-town affair! With some forethought and planning, there are several ways to still attending weddings on a budget.”
As Woroch said, planning is key, and when you do, you can allocate a certain amount of money to your “weddings” fund — all without going broke in the process. Below, experts weigh in and give some ideas on how to do so.