Tommy and I were concerned about the cash our guests would have to drop in order to attend our wedding. We brainstormed big time to try and off-set some of these costs for them. Here is list of 5 money saving tips for wedding guests!
1. Hotel Discounts - Call hotels in the area of your wedding and set up a block of rooms for your guests - oftentimes hotels will offer a discount for wedding parties. The hotel that we contacted gave a HUGE discount to our guests - this was most helpful as our wedding was during a holiday weekend when hotels up their prices!
2. Welcome Dinner - these dinners do not have to be lavish, we had a BBQ! We wanted to include as many guests as we could smuggle into the venue as we had soooo many out of town guests. Serving a simple, yet festive welcome dinner the night before the wedding can be a FUN way to bring new people together. Don't be nervous about low budget cuisine...you will be wining and dining your guests AGAIN at your wedding!
3. Alcohol - a full open bar is not a requirement for weddings...it's really not. They are always awesome, and I always love them, but I certainly never expect them. One way to provide adult beverages to your guests without spending an arm and leg is to provide either a wine only bar, or a wine/beer bar, or even a signature drink (like martinis, sangria or mojitos!) We had an open wine/beer bar where guests to could literally purchase anything their taste buds desired, but if they wanted our selections of wine (we provided 4) or our local brew (we bought 1 keg) the drinks were on us! This was perfect...we felt like our friends could party on our tab, and it was thousands cheaper than having a full open bar. Everyone wins!
4. Registry - our registry was used by so many of our guests. We were careful to include the bulk of our wish list in the $20 - $40 range. This gave people the option to buy us the items we really wanted and needed and were in a price range that most people would feel comfortable with.
5. Car rentals - as our wedding was a destination wedding, the majority of our guests traveled from out of state (and out of the country!) to celebrate with us. This meant that our friends and family would need to rent cars and coordinate rides. We put our friends into contact with each other so they could share rides and split the cost of car rentals. This was golden!!
Do you have any $$$ saving tips for guests??