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In case you missed it, weddings aren’t cheap.
It’s a challenge, but they can definitely be done on a budget, and we’ve compiled a list of wedding freebies and tips to help you save money. Yep, it’s true.
1. Don’t Hire A Wedding Planner
Wedding planners can cost a lot of money. If you’ve been to enough weddings, and talked to enough friends who have tied the knot, you can learn a lot. If you think you have enough in your budget, many couples find it helpful to hire a “day-of” planner or coordinator who can help everyone and everything get to where they need to be on the big day—for a fraction of the cost for a full-on wedding planner.
2. Use Wedding Planning Apps
3. Get Free Wedding Registry Gifts
Did you know that you can get freebies just by signing up for a wedding registry? Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Crate & Barrel, Dillard’s, Williams Sonoma and Amazon all offer free gifts to couples, some simply for registering with them, others provide gifts when guests purchase certain items and some retailers offer gifts when the value of registry gifts purchased for you reaches a certain amount.
For example, when someone gets you a Nespresso machine for $199 or more on the Amazon Wedding Registry, you’ll get a $50 credit. The other beautiful thing about an Amazon registry is being able to add products from other websites to create a “universal registry.” It’s nice for couples and guests alike to be able to make registry visits a one-stop shop.
4. Reap Post-Wedding Discounts
Most retailers will offer you between 10-20 percent off on your remaining registry items (or on all merchandise) after your big day. That discount usually lasts for six months to a year after your wedding date, so you have plenty of time to determine if you really want that gravy boat after all or would rather get something more practical like extra bath towels.
Amazon’s “registry completion” offer gives newlyweds 10 percent off remaining registry items after their wedding day—and that number jumps to 20 percent off for Prime members, which is quite nice indeed.
5. Have A Friend Do The Flowers
Though flowers are an important part of your wedding and reception, you can save hundreds (or thousands, depending) if you do the flowers yourself. An actress friend of mine could have hired anyone to do her flowers—she had the money—but chose a friend instead. Although her friend wasn’t a professional florist, she had an eye for what flowers went together well and no one at the wedding knew the difference.