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Friday, August 14, 2015

Living for a Sunny Day | Wedding Guest Budget Saving Tips

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine. 
 Living for a Sunny Day  Wedding Guest Budget Tips (2)

Every girl knows the summer months are prime wedding season, but did you know August is the second most popular month? As wedding season is still in full swing you might still have nuptials you're planning on attending. Weddings can be a blast, but they can also be a major budget busters. Luckily, you're not on the hook for all of the major costs like catering, photography, and what not as a guest, but the small things add up. Travel, lodging, clothing, and gifts don't come free. Nobody likes to have to worry about money (or lack thereof) so a plan and some handy tips can keep your budget in check. Of course you want to celebrate the ones you love on their special day, but you've got your own sunny day to plan for. Read on for my wedding guest budget saving tips!

We all know weddings are expensive. Being a guest is no different, which is why you're going to want to have a plan. I know, nobody really wants to have to plan everything out, but in the end their big day doesn't need to leave you in the red. That said, making a budget is the easy part. Sticking to it is where things can get hazy, but you've got me on your side (lucky you!) and I have a few tips up my sleeve.

Living for a Sunny Day  Wedding Guest Budget Tips (1)
Get Social
Chances are you know other people attending the same wedding. Make a plan to share costs like travel, food, or lodging if you're going to be traveling out of town. Why take two half empty cars to the same venue? Double up and split the cost of gas. If you can decide before hand, you might even have a designated driver willing to drive when the rest your party gets a bit too cheerful.

Closet Hop
Half the fun of going to a wedding is getting to dress up a bit, but if you've got a full calendar of events to attend, your go-to outfits might get a bit tired. Why not gather some friends and have a closet hop? Trade, borrow, and swap dresses, shoes, and accessories so everyone can get through wedding season not only looking amazing, but without spending a fortune.

Be a Gift Huntress
You can't stroll into a reception empty handed, but the gift can be a major money suck if you're not careful. Plan for wedding season by shopping end of season sales, boutiques, and even yard sales. Hear me out, I know yard sales just through you off, but many brides get a lot of gifts, and a lot of unwanted gifts. You can find a lot of amazing brand new items if you keep your eyes peeled. Gather items through the year and create a themed gift basket to suit the couple. It will look gorgeous and no one will know your thrifty ways.

Volunteer Your Skillz
Depending on how well you know the couple getting married, the best gift you could give could be your time. Planning a wedding is exhausting, but an extra pair of hands can always be put to use. Show up early on the day of and help set up, offer to pick up relatives from the airport, fold napkins... Whatever, just be there. Gifts are fun, but your time and showing you care can be much more meaningful.

Obviously, a wedding is a time of celebration that's meant to be enjoyed, but being smart with your money now means you'll be able to enjoy your own sunny day in the future. Whether you're planning for your own big day, buying a home, or a nest egg for days to come, SunTrust Bank wants to help get you there. SunTrust Bank wants to inspire and motive through advice, tips, and tools so you can live for a sunny day rather than save for a rainy one. Head to yoursunnyday.com to see how SunTrust can help you get planning.

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What's your sunny day? Do you have any money saving tips for surviving wedding season?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.