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Wedding gifts without the guests

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

A new trend is approaching. With tiny homes, banking on our phones, and self-driving vehicles, there could also be a new way of looking at a traditional wedding. Brides and grooms will be realizing that for the average cost of a wedding they could put a down payment on a home. It doesn’t make sense to start your married life in debt for one night in a room full of people you kind of know. Life can be a debt free adventure!

High costs of attending a wedding

The High Cost Of Weddings Extend to Guests

It’s not only the Bride and Groom who incur the financial expense of a wedding. When guests are invited to a wedding, they not only spend money on a gift but on clothing, lodging, meals, and travel expenses in most cases. Brides.com reported that “a non-wedding party guest pays an average of $628 for a close family member or friend’s wedding. To celebrate with distant relatives and acquaintances, the number drops down to $372.” The Knot assessed the costs as being even higher ($888) when considering the cost of a gift, travel expenses, related wedding festivities, and wedding-appropriate outfits. Those in the wedding might spend more than $1,154. For destination weddings, the cost rises for everyone.

My daughter’s wedding was near her home in San Diego, CA. But only a handful of the 125 guests actually lived in San Diego. San Diego in the summer is prime time for the hotel industry. It also was on a Friday which meant at least one day of loss of pay or vacation time for many.

The elopement alternative

Elopement – An Alternative To Traditional Weddings

There always be a place for traditional wedding that includes ballrooms, a fine meal, DJs, and dancing. But an elopement is an alternative that is an intimate expression of the love and commitment to each other. How special it is to make the focus to be on each other and not an old roommate or crazy Aunt Mary. It’s also is cost effective. I believe that even though an elopement is a private occasion, I think your loved ones can be included too.

Let guests particpate by video

You might send an announcement of the wedding taking place rather than invitation to a wedding. Or invite them to a digital wedding. Take pictures and post them on the website created with Wedding Wire or the Knot. Let them follow your travels with pictures and videos while you are away. How about live streaming the wedding and the guests are attending from the comfort of the room and living room?

Dream Your Dream With A Destination Wedding

Maybe you live in the desert and always dreamed of having a wedding in the mountains? Or maybe you live in the mountains and dream of having a wedding on the beach? Maybe you’d like to get married on the edge of the Grand Canyon or on a glacier. Doing without a large crowd makes fulfilling your dream more feasible.

When you return, a handwritten thank you note with a small trinket from your trip would be a nice way to include your virtual guests connected to your exotic wedding. With the money you save on a nontraditional wedding you now will use to start your future. Family and friends are sure to be happy to be included in that celebration.

Use wedding gifts to buy your first home

What About Wedding Gifts?

When you use this creative way for your loved ones to celebrate with you, there will still be people who want to honor your union with a gift. You might still use a traditional wedding registry, but cash gits allow you to buy what you need for your wedding and honeymoon, your lifestyle, and your future home purchase. By using a Honeyfund honeymoon registry, you can maximize the perfect opportunity to keep even the simplest wedding on budget and even more exciting and fun.

Enjoy your beach wedding

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This post comes from a real-life day-of wedding coordinator , Elisabeth Kramer, about the tips and advice she shares with her clients.

“Do we have to register?” It’s one of the most common questions I hear as a day-of wedding coordinator. I’ve already mentioned why people ask this and how we should address that problem, and as much as I’d love a world where registries go the way of the dodo, I don’t think your grandma would understand.

So what’s an engaged couple to do? Get crazy at Crate and Barrel or risk hurt feelings? Thankfully, today’s couples have options when it comes to skipping the traditional registry. Among them: Honeyfund.

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I first heard of Honeyfund when a cousin got married and my parents bought him part of a BBQ, a happy hour for his honeymoon, and a portion of a home office. That’s the idea behind the site: Couples pick what they want and their guests decide how much they contribute toward each goal.

Honeyfund started in 2006 as a way to crowdsource funds for a honeymoon. The 800,000-plus couples who’ve used it since do often ask for a trip. But more often it’s for help with a down payment or a request to contribute to the wedding.

Note: Try Honeyfund’s Zero Fee option. Redeem your Honeyfund balance in the form of gift cards with an extensive list of top-notch various Honeyfund partners like Amazon, Uber, Delta and more.

This originally appeared on Unwed: Not Your Typical Wedding Blog. There you’ll also find a Q&A series with women who’ve planned their weddings and a series about nontraditional wedding planning resources.
Author bio: Elisabeth Kramer is a day-of wedding coordinator and writer based in the Pacific Northwest. Read more about her work.
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