Wedding season means lots of love, joy, and some really great parties. For all the brides and grooms, best men and maids of honor, and the guests, it can also be a wild ride for your bank account.
However, there are ways to save smart without skimping and no shortage of good advice. We love these tips and tricks from experts such as Real Simple, The Knot, WeddingWire, LearnVest, and Pinterest.
We’ve also compiled some of our own great gift and beauty deals to take you through the wedding season circuit with ease:
Gifts from the generous guest for engagement parties, bridal showers, and the big day
The champagne toast is perhaps the most anticipated moment of the day. Help make it possible – and personalized – with elegant engraved toasting flutes.
If the couple is happiest cooking, upgrade their kitchenware with a bamboo cutting board. Customize it with the newlywed’s last name, wedding date, or lyrics from their first dance.
Vino lovers? A personalized bottle of their favorite blend from Miramonte Winery based in Temecula, Calif. could be the way to their heart. Gift it at the bridal shower with a note suggesting they cork it on their first anniversary.
For the wedding party
Thank your maids and men for their support with a token of appreciation that they can don when you walk down the aisle. Our favorite pick for the ladies is a 14K gold diamond initial bracelet – delicate, timeless, and more than 90 percent off retail price.
These Egyptian cotton monogram spa robes are perfect presents for the group who will spend hours getting glammed up, and personalized canvas totes are cute and convenient keepers for everyone’s belongings.
For the groomsmen? A set of engraved cufflinks. This dapper addition to their suit and tie will have them sharp and spiffy in no time flat.
Beauty buys for the ladies
Whether you want curly locks or a sleek hairstyle, this trio of styling irons will give you a salon-worthy look that will last all day.
And the bride doesn’t have to be the only one puckering up – scoop up one of these bright and nourishing lipsticks from Lancome. If you aren’t blushing already, get a flirty flush with makeup sensation from NARS.
Finally, polish off your festive look with this OPI mani/pedi set. From head to toe, you’re ready to go!