Wedding season is go!

Maya Driver

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Whether you're inundated with wedding invitations or ploughing on with your own planning, wedding season can be chaotic, but also fun. If you are a guest, you'd think you'd be able to just sit back, watch the happy couple and then enjoy the free food and drink! In reality, there's more to it than that. If you're close to the bride or groom, you may have to attend hen and stag parties, then there's choosing a gift, choosing an appropriate outfit, possibly booking a hotel and finding the wedding venue.

If it's your own wedding, there's so much more to do! Many people find it less stressful to employ a wedding planner to take care of all the details in an efficient way. Although, a lot of the planning is fun in itself and most brides (and mothers) wouldn't want to relinquish the responsibility. One of the most stressful things to do that cannot be palmed off to someone else is deciding on the guest list - a potential minefield!

Being both a guest and a participant can be an expensive business. Check out Walletpop's money saving tips for brides and grooms. For guests, remember that you can always club together with others for the gift to save you being the bearer of a single silver spoon. Stylish outfits can be found on online auction sites (hey if you can buy 5p wedding dresses then why not wedding outfits too?). You don't have to stay in the £100 per night hotel, the cheap B&B down the road is just as good. And make sure you check the directions and map before setting out to the venue - it doesn't do to be late! Read more on Walletpop for more money advice on surviving the wedding season.

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