Getting Married? Find Out How to Score FREE Wine Glasses, Engraved Key Chain & More
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If you’re getting married, you likely know that weddings are expensive. However, there are a lot of ways that you can cut wedding costs and still make your special day one to remember – without burying the budget or sacrificing your style. And, did you know that many retailers offer awesome wedding perks?
1.) Register for Perks & Freebies
Did you know that Target, Macy’s, Bed, Bath, & Beyond and even Amazon offer fantastic perks just for creating a registry – including 10-20% off coupons, complimentary gifts and much more!? Check out these top retail & online stores that offer perks and why you should register with them.
As just one idea of the great perks you can receive, Target offers registrants a set of two FREE Keurig Travel Mugs ($48.98 value) if you receive a Keurig brewer from your registry! OR, if you receive $100 worth of Ninja products from your registry, you’ll get a FREE Ninja Express Chopper ($19.99 value)!
At Crate & Barrel, you’ll even receive a complimentary set of their best-selling stemless wine glasses in an embroidered linen bag as a thank you just for registering with them! How awesome is that!?
2.) Sign Up for Wedding Giveaways
Want to win free stuff for your wedding? Emmaline Bride offers some of the best wedding giveaways, with a new one launching almost every day on their wedding blog! They’ve given away beautiful and high quality wedding veils, shoes, purses, bridesmaid gifts, jewelry, groomsmen gifts, flower girl dresses, aisle decor, wedding favors, invitations, bridesmaid robes, and much, much more.
3.) Score Free Wedding Catalogs & Magazines
Also, you can currently hop on over here to request one free issue subscription to Bridal Guide magazine (no strings attached and you’ll never receive a bill), but note that freebies can change at any tie. Plus, consider signing up for free wedding catalogs from the links below…
- Things Remembered
- Oriental Trading
- The American Wedding
- President Tuxedo
- Exclusively Weddings
- David’s Bridal
4.) Get a FREE Personalized Heart Key Chain
If you have a Things Remembered store nearby, you can also score a coupon for a FREE Personalized Heart Key Chain whenever you sign up for their wedding emails – just print and present the coupon in-store. You’ll even get up to $16 worth of personalization (3 words) completely FREE of charge!
A Few More Money-Saving Tips:
1.) Make your own announcements & invitations
- There are a lot of FREE wedding templates available on the web that will allow you to save a bundle without having to compromise on style and quality. With these 490 free wedding templates, you can completely customize your invitations and add your own text with wedding details. On some invitations, you can even change the font style and text color!
- Don’t have time to create your own invites? You can also purchase inexpensive invites from Wedding Paper Divas (a Shutterfly partner site) as new subscribers can sign up to receive insider discounts, including $20 off your first $100 purchase.
2.) Don’t get married on a Saturday
- A Friday wedding will save you thousands on the venue and on your weekday rehearsal dinner. Even better, a Sunday or weekday wedding can be up to $4,000 less on location fees, plus food and beverage minimums will be lower.
3.) Find a venue that is free (or accepts donations)
- Consider a non-traditional venue for your special day, such as a bed & breakfast, a public park, or a beach that is open to the public. There may not be a lot of privacy, but a park with a gorgeous lake or a bed & breakfast with beautiful landscape may be a nice compromise.
- Call around to see if there is a venue or church where you are getting married that does not charge to use their location. They may ask for a donation in return for using their facility.
4.) Purchase a Secondhand Wedding Dress… or Rent It
- Consider purchasing your wedding dress from an online site such as Nearly Newlywed or Tradesy where they help brides to buy and sell back new, sample and used wedding dresses at a fraction of the price. If you plan ahead, you can also rent white designer dresses from Rent the Runway while paying just a fraction of the retail price.
- You can also head on over to your local thrift store and scout out what options are available.
- After your wedding, you can often sell your dress to put a little money back in your pocket.
5.) Be your own DJ (or ask a friend)
- If your venue has a professional sound system built in, consider creating your own playlist and having a friend be in charge of making sure things run smoothly. You may also be able to hire a graduate student musician to play at your ceremony or cocktail hour as they can be booked for much less than the professional DJ’s.
6.) Have a friend be the photographer
- Consider asking a friend or family member who may have an eye for photography or know how to use a professional camera to take your wedding photos.
- If you’re hiring a professional photographer, book him/her for half a day instead of a full day and you’ll dramatically reduce the cost of your photography contract.
- Look on Craigslist for someone who does photography as a side job or may just be starting their photography business as they often will give price breaks.
7.) Order your cake from the grocery store
- If you know someone who is great at baking, consider asking them to make your cake. An idea would be to create multiple round cakes decorated in white topped with flowers – then place them on different height cake platters. You can also save big by ordering your cake from your local grocery store versus a high-end bakery, or even consider having a cupcake tower instead.
- If you’re looking to order from a bakery shop, be sure to call around first as many locations offer free cake tastings or will deduct the price of the cake tasting from your cake purchase.
8.) Don’t serve a sit-down meal (think hors d’oeuvres)
- To cut staffing costs, consider having a buffet. Depending on the caterer, you could save anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 per 100 guests, and you often get more food for the amount you pay, compared with a plated dinner.
9.) Use more greenery or even artificial, silk flowers
- Be sure to buy in-season flowers with larger blooms or use more greenery to fill in space. You can also repurpose ceremony décor and bouquets on the reception tables! If you’re working with a short time-frame, you can also purchase silk flowers at a fraction of the cost that will look just as pretty and will last for years to come.
10.) Use a Credit Card to Pay for Wedding Purchases
- If you’re traveling for your honeymoon, using a credit card that offers travel rewards to pay for all wedding-related expenses may be a smart move as long as you’re not taking on more debt than you can afford to pay off. Several credit cards offer rewards like free flights, discounted hotel stays and more. According to this article, the best travel credit card for hotels is the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and the best card for airline miles is the Chase Sapphire Preferred.
Tying the Knot? Congratulations! 🥂
Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.