Budgeting for Every Wedding You’re Attending This Year

It’s no secret that weddings can be pretty hard on the wallet. According to The Knot, the average American attends two weddings per year, and just being a guest can set you back nearly $300.

The cost of attending a wedding as a guest can totally vary based on lots of factors. Do you have to travel to attend? Will you be splitting a room or getting your own accommodations? Do you have something to wear?

Knowing how to budget your finances can help you be prepared and enjoy being a wedding guest without going broke. Not sure how to save? Check out the five foolproof budgeting tips below.

Make a list of essentials
Wedding guests should plan for the biggies first. This includes travel and accommodations, attire and accessories for the wedding, and a wedding gift. You should also consider any additional events you may be invited to, such as happy hours, brunch, and anything else leading up to the big day. Non-wedding related activities can easily add up to $100 or more.

Start saving ASAP
Chances are, you’ll know way ahead of time when a wedding is going to be. So if you really want to attend, start saving. I suggests starting a separate high-yield savings account for weddings and travel. It’s a good idea if you know you’re going to be spending a lot over the next year.

Don’t splurge
Think about what you value more – a comfortable place to stay or a new outfit? If you’re facing a pricey wedding with sky-high hotel or travel costs, now’s the time to wear an outfit you already own. This is especially helpful if you have multiple weddings coming up.

Utilize travel deals and credit card points
Make sure to utilize your resources. If you can score a free flight or discounts on a gift, you’ll feel better about attending and you won’t rack up debt.

Don’t be afraid to say “no”
If you can’t afford to stay at the same hotel as everyone else, that’s OK. If you can’t afford any gifts on their registry, give them a gift card instead with an amount that’s comfortable for you. Be smart and take care of yourself. Ultimately, it’s about celebrating the love of the couple, not a contest to show who will spend the most money on them.

XX, ByJenniferlynn

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Travel Guide to New York City

Let’s hear it for New York! If your springtime plans include a trip to Manhattan, this one’s for you. We just got back from our Spring Launch Party in NYC and got to see the City in a whole new light. We saw the sights, we sipped fancy cocktails, we fine dined, we explored new parts, and after all that we sank into our plush hotel beds and got some serious shut eye. Here are some of our favorite places and spaces that you should add to your NYC bucket list:

After a long day exploring Manhattan, you’ll want your home base to be super comfortable and centrally located. The INNSIDE New York NoMad hotel is both of those things! It’s located in Chelsea and is walking distance from city landmarks like the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, the Flatiron Building and Times Square so you can pack in as many sights as possible! The hotel itself has a fitness center, super comfortable beds, a full-service bar and unrivaled hospitality. Seriously, can’t beat it.

Lox tower for breakfast? Yes, please. Sadelle’s is a Soho staple that’s equal parts charming and delicious; without a doubt it’s the perfect place to start your day in New York. Once you walk through its sky blue doors, you’re greeted with a wall of fresh bagels (they claim to be the best in the city), beautiful marble tabletops, and a friendly staff. Their menu is rich with quintessential brunch classics that will make your tastebuds happy.

Stop and smell the roses (and all of the other flowers) at the most adorable floral shop in NoHo. Inspired by flower shops in Japan, you’ll find a wide array of stems, stunningly gorgeous floral designs, and endless inspiration from founder Chiyomi and her team of designers. Visit the Adore Floral retail studio for a unique melange of curated gifts, rustic-chic home decor, and beautiful arrangements. They also host bouquet making classes, so if you’re interested in learning more about the art of florals, sign up and spend an afternoon or evening in the city with fresh flowers, a talented team, and a complimentary glass of wine.

The only thing better than a drink in New York is a drink on a New York rooftop with a view of the Empire State Building. This bar has twinkle lights, brick walls, gorgeous wooden tables, and a nice array of food and drinks. Stop in for a midday cocktail — the view is waiting for you

If we told you this was Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite NY cupcake would you be more inclined to try it? Well it is… And you should. Located in the heart of the West Village, Magnolia has everything you look for in a bakery. Fluffy cupcakes, decadent pies, and a banana pudding & Cheesecake that will change your entire outlook on dessert. Ask for a sample, you won’t regret it.

If there’s one “tourist-y” attraction that never gets old, it’s the panoramic view from the top of 30 Rockefeller Center. On one side you look out and see landmark skyscrapers like the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. On the other is a breathtaking view of Central Park that puts into perspective just how vast the city really is! Pro tip: buy your tickets online to save money and beat the line.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city… Without going too far! The Chelsea High Line is a public park that’s built on top of a historic freight rail train, elevated on top of Manhattan’s beautiful west side. Walk the park for about 1.5 miles and enjoy the array of urban-dwelling plants, artwork, quaint benches and hangouts, and views of the skyline.

Are you a beauty product kinda girl? If so, you’re probably very familiar with cult-favorite beauty brand, Glossier. They have skincare, body care, makeup and perfume — and their only showroom where you can shop in-store is located in Soho. If you need to add some pink to your IG feed, this might be the place for you.

Byjenniferlynn

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