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Three ways you can save money as a wedding guest

There are times when it seems each week brings a new engagement announcement on Facebook, and every save-the-date card makes your long-held dream to backpack across Europe seem even more remote.

During your 20s or 30s, back-to-back weddings can turn a joyful occasion into one breathless swipe of a credit card after another. These festivities come right when most people are trying desperately to pay off our student loans, save for a house or move to a new apartment that’s more Frasier and less Girls.

The cost of weddings is rising — for the guests.

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As much as you want to celebrate your friend or family member’s love, you shouldn’t blow your savings on their wedding. Just as important, you shouldn’t feel guilty about turning down an invitation occasionally, even if that seems soul-crushingly awkward.

Follow these tips to emerge from your next string of weddings without credit card debt haunting you — unlike the groomsman who gave that embarrassing toast at the reception; his speech will follow him forever.

Set your own wedding budget

No rules state that you need to shell out $100 on every wedding gift, no matter how close you are to the bride or groom. Only you can determine how much you’ll spend on each wedding, says Lizzie Post, etiquette expert and president of the Emily Post Institute. Set your own spending limit and prioritize the people who are most important to you. You’ll avoid arriving at the destination wedding for co-worker No. 3 with a maxed-out credit card and a thick aura of resentment.

To start, choose a maximum wedding budget for the upcoming year or for the next several ceremonies you’ve been invited to. Include the total amount you plan to spend on travel, lodging, attire, gifts and additional pre-wedding events if you’re a member of the bridal party.

As you plan your budget, make sure to keep at least a few hundred dollars in an emergency fund, and try not to carry a balance on your credit cards.

You can always (politely) decline

Say you decide $500 is a reasonable amount to allocate to wedding costs for the year. You’ll now be able to accept invitations only to those events that fit your budget. That could mean attending your close friend’s wedding in a different city but not your acquaintance’s local one.

When you break the news, no need to explain that your budget is the culprit. A simple “no” RSVP and “I’m really sorry, but I won’t be able to make it” is fine, Post says. If you’re closer with the couple, say, “Between budget and schedule, I just really can’t make it work.” You should still send a gift, but use the tips below to save some cash.

Weddings also include many other events, such as engagement parties and bridal showers, and you have even more obligations if you’re a bridesmaid or groomsman. Ask the best man or maid of honour how much the bachelor or bachelorette party will likely cost before committing. If you can’t afford to go, you are hereby permitted to decline any pre-wedding events, even as a member of the bridal party.

“It’s more important for you to be present with them on the big day,” says Jennifer Spector, spokeswoman and director of brand strategy at Zola, a wedding registry website.

Keep gifts minimal

A “yes” RSVP means you’ll attend the event and bring a gift unless the invitation explicitly says otherwise, Post says. This tradition holds true even for destination weddings. If you have to fly to the event and pay for a hotel, you’re still on the hook for a present.

When you’re on a budget, consider contributing to a group gift, Spector says, which might be an option through the couple’s registry: Put $30 toward your friend’s coveted KitchenAid stand mixer, for instance, instead of buying the whole thing.

Cookbooks and small household items are also solid lower-cost options, Post says. Handmade gifts can be cheaper and more personal, but they work best when you have a particular talent or craft that you’re known for.

“If you’re going to go the homemade route, it needs to really be special,” Post says.

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Top 20 wedding hairstyles

By Hiro Miyoshi - a world-class hair stylist and owner of the 'Hiro Miyoshi Hair & Beauty Salon' based in Mayfair.

A Super Sleek High Bun Wedding Hairstyle

The top-knot bun is a great bridal trend as it keeps all eyes on bride's beautiful face. It could be paired with shiny jewelry or kept simple like with a classic tulle veil.

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A Romantic Wedding Hairstyle with Pulled-Back Waves

A few pieces of hair can be pulled back with a low veil to show off loose waves and gorgeous statement earrings.

A Glamorous Wedding Hairstyle for Medium-Length Curls

Mega volume curls can create a glamorous wedding-day look.

A Side Braid Wedding Hairstyle with Loose Curls

Some bohemian flair can be added with a braided crown and long, loose tresses.

A Vintage Wedding Hairstyle

The entire look may be kept au natural with a simple side-parted low bun and a super sheer veil.

A Half-Up Wedding Hairstyle

A little volume is added to half up hairstyle and the rest is left in smooth curls. A fingertip veil could be incorporated by positioning it lower on the head.

A Rustic Braided Updo Wedding Hairstyle

A rustic-looking braided updo would combine perfectly well with a backyard wedding. It may be paired with cascading ribbon-trimmed veil.

A Soft Updo Wedding Hairstyle for Long Hair

Tresses may be kept soft and natural with a loose updo. A simple, fountain veil can be pinned toward the back for a classic look.

Sexy, Wavy Wedding Hairstyle for Long Hair

Tousled beachy hair looks fantastic on a bride. A barely-there headband and full tulle veil may be added to turn up the look.

A Classic Bun Wedding Hairstyle For Long Hair

A bride can turn heads by pulling her long hair back into a large bun, wrapping it with a cascading simple veil for a unique, lady-like look.

A Braided Chignon Wedding Hairstyle

A loose braided chignon is a perfect idea for a long, cascading veil.

A Wedding Hairstyle with Soft Waves

A bride may pull back her shiny soft waves with an extreme side part. Adding a classic tulle veil keeps the look sweet and simple.

A Curly, Half-Up Wedding Hairstyle

Gorgeous, frizz-free curls pulled into a half-ponytail are a romantic addition to a traditional strapless wedding dress.

A Tousled, Beachy Wedding Hairstyle

Tousled waves may be perfect for a seaside wedding. A bride can amp up her deceptively simple hairstyle by twisting a few pieces and adding crystals and a fresh flower.

A Braided Wedding Hairstyle

An intricate braid may look simply amazing. It can be an exciting addition to a gorgeous updo that highlights the romantic details on a bride's lace wedding dress.

A Simple Low Bun Wedding Hairstyle

Sometimes romance lies where glamour and simplicity meet. An exquisite low bun may put the focus on the bride's subtle makeup and sleek wedding dress.

A Half-Up, Curled Wedding Hairstyle

Soft tendrils swept into a half-updo look perfect with classic pearl drop earrings.

A Romantic Low Chignon Wedding Hairstyle

A full, low chignon is a beautiful wedding look for brides who want to layer on the romance, no matter what their hair type is. A jeweled clip may add a touch of modern elegance.

A High-Volume, Curly Wedding Hairstyle

An outdoor wedding style can be simple but so pretty, with minimal jewelry and expertly curled strands that need no embellishment.

A Perfectly Polished Ponytail

While a ponytail may take just about 30 seconds to do, the prep work should begin months before the wedding because this style is all about long and lustrous locks. A bride should use a deep-conditioning hair mask weekly, get regular trims to chop off split ends, and ease up on the hair colouring and heat styling in advance! On the big day, she may simply add a pretty embellishment to be aisle ready.

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Introducing the Newlyweds: Kathryn Trout & Douglas Ackerman

Kathryn (Katie) O’Brien Trout met Douglas (Doug) Martin Ackerman at the wedding of some mutual friends, not knowing, one day, the celebration would be for them. “We met again a couple of years later at a charity event and went on our first date,” Katie says. “I soon [went] to Rome to witness the papal conclave, where Pope Francis was elected. Doug and I racked up a huge phone bill across the ocean.”

She knew from that initial separation Doug might be the one to change everything. “The first time I met Katie, I had to get to know her better,” Doug says. “She gave me that special feeling I have been looking for all my life.”


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The next step seemed natural. With a ready excuse to take them to the Windy City, he set out to plan a proposal. “There is a charming Italian restaurant she loves; I knew that would be the place. All I had to do was book a nice place to stay, fuel the plane – and let Chicago do the rest,” Doug tells. Caught by surprise, Katie said yes through blinding tears.

The wedding represented the three pillars of their lives. “We wanted to incorporate faith, family and friends,” she says. “We knew the wedding needed to be in Rome, where our love story began. Thanks to my family’s dear friend, His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, we got married inside St. Peter’s Basilica, which has always been a dream of mine.”

The bride honored Doug’s deceased mother, alongside her own, by bearing their school pins on her bouquet. She also carried a rosary, gifted by her matron of honor and grandmother. “I took a long walk, with the Swiss Guard escorting and holding tourists back, to the chapel. The ‘Wedding March,’ which is no longer allowed to be played in the states, swelled from the organ,” Katie recalls. “I saw Doug face-to-face for the first time that day, and my heart skipped. It all got very real at that moment.”

Doug experienced a similar sensation upon seeing his bride across the aisle. “I cherished the sight of the most beautiful woman in the world, standing in the middle of St. Peter’s Basilica – ready to marry me – and the overwhelming presence of God,” he says. “It was like we were in a fairy tale.”

The celebrations continued with a luncheon at their Italian hotel and, again, in St. Louis at the Racquet Club Ladue. The couple honeymooned in Tuscany and Portofino.

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