Saving on Wedding Gifts Without Appearing Cheap

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Attending weddings can be an important part of friendship, but many guests are becoming weary from the expenses adding up quickly from going to several nuptials.

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Guests are becoming anxious of what they will be spending at the expense of their friend's or relative's happily-ever-after since the cost of attending a wedding increased by 10% from 2013, said Erin Ballard, marketing manager of CreditCardInsider.com, a Syracuse, N.Y company that provides credit card and personal finance information.

Keeping down costs from attending weddings of all of your friends from high school, college and work can be solved by offering your services as a gift, she said. If you are lucky enough to have a knack for the arts, you can offer to decorate the cake or step in to take photos or videos.

"The bride and groom will be thankful for your help in cutting down their expenses as well," Ballard said.

Jennifer Kellogg, a grants manager for Clarifi, a credit counseling agency in Philadelphia who is attending five weddings including her own between now and December, said it should be acceptable to offer services or even offer to help plan a part of the wedding in place of giving a gift.

"However, if you offer a service, make sure you're actually skilled at it since weddings are very important days," she said.

Receiving all those heavy wedding invitations in the mail does not mean you need to say yes to all of them. Instead, you should RSVP carefully.

"You do not need to attend all weddings that you have received an invitation for - sending a gift is a kind gesture by itself," Ballard said. "Remember, the couple will save money by keeping the attendance list to a minimum."

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