Getting married is expensive. With the average American wedding clocking in at a hefty $32,641, for many newlyweds, the only light at the end of the financial tunnel comes from the pile of wedding gifts purchased off their carefully-selected registry.
No matter how carefully you curated your wedding registry, after all is said and done, you may have ended up with a couple duplicate gifts or, let's face it, a couple gifts that just don't fit into your home.
Wedding season is here, and with every new RSVP, there's a new gift to fret about. Will the bride like it? Will the groom like it? Should you purchase something from the registry? How much should you spend? These are the omnipresent struggles of gift-giving, but it doesn't have to be this way. Here are seven of our best tips for snatching up the perfect wedding gift for every occasion without spending a fortune.
As if weddings weren't expensive enough, you've also got to consider the cost of the traditional vacation afterwards. I know that a lot of couples who are paying for their own weddings might see this as a frivolous waste of money, but I have to disagree.
After you've tied the knot, what are supposed to do with things you bought just for the wedding? Do you really need seventeen mason jar floral arrangements in that exact shade of green? Chances are, your fancy new married life will not require any of your folksy wedding decor, but it can be hard to part with things that meant so much to you just a few days ago.
It's the question every frugal woman in her mid-20s secretly dreads. The question that, if answered affirmatively, will likely result in thousands of her hard-earned dollars down the tube, an ugly dress stuffed in the back of her closet, and a potentially strained relationship with one of her best friends. That question? "Will you be a bridesmaid in my wedding?"
I don't have to tell you that weddings are expensive. If you're planning one, are recently married, or even know someone planning their big day, you already know this.
Everyone wants to look like a goddess on their wedding day, but sometimes it pays to be realistic. Before she heads to the bridal salon, the frugal-minded bride should ask herself honestly, do I really have $1,469 to drop on a wedding dress? Because that's the average amount brides in 2015 spent on their gowns.