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5 BRILLIANT Wedding Day Hacks Using Dollar Tree Items

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Weddings can be expensive, but these Dollar Tree wedding hacks mean you can pull off a beautiful wedding without breaking the bank! While you might not want to go the cheapest route for every detail when planning your special day, you can tackle a few wedding to-dos using $1 items from Dollar Tree.

1. Think outside the box (or circle 😉).

Having a rustic wedding or sprucing up an outdoor space? Grab a $1 Dollar Tree hula hoop and create a “chandelier” by painting it white and wrapping it with hanging lights and greenery. Then, suspend it with rope from the ceiling of your venue or even from a tree branch.

(Photo Credit: Bridal Guide)


2. Use picture frames to make elegant décor and table centerpieces.

Having an outdoor or evening wedding? Dollar Tree sells large picture frames that are perfect for making these rustic DIY lanterns! What an affordable and elegant way to add extra lighting and ambience without breaking the bank, especially if you’re going for that rustic, farmhouse look.

Put a few lanterns down the aisle walkway, at the altar, or on the tables at the reception… no one will ever know those lanterns came from Dollar Tree picture frames! 😱


3. Make your own flower girl bouquet.

If you’re looking to save on flower costs, consider making a bouquet for the flower girl OR a wedding rehearsal practice bouquet for the bride. Or, if you tend to have allergic reactions toward some flowers, you can even create a bridal bouquet for the big day using a paper towel tube for the handle, a foam craft ball, ribbon and Dollar Tree artificial flowers (look for inspiration on Pinterest!).

(Photo Credit: Fox Hollow Cottage)


4. Decorate with trendy giant tissue paper flowers.

These tissue paper flowers are affordable and popular as reception decorations. Use them to decorate the tables, to place on the backs of chairs, or even to create a fun photo backdrop at the reception. If your Dollar Tree doesn’t carry the pre-made ones, you could easily make these paper flowers from Dollar Tree’s tissue paper.

(Photo Credit: Hello Creative Family)


5. Spruce up guest chair backs on the cheap.

If your venue charges extra for chair covers, decorate the chair backs yourself! Just wrap some tulle around the chair a few times and tie it into a knot. Then attach a pew bow to the tulle! You can either decorate every chair at your reception, or reserve this special touch for just the bride and groom.

(Photo Credit: Dollar Tree Blog)


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Comments 32

  1. JES

    We made our daughters mobile out of a hula hoop and the tissue flowers. Wrapped the hoop with ribbon and then hung the tissue flowers from the hoop with fishing line.

    • Kyliejay!

      What a cute idea!

    • Jeaaica

      That’s such a cute idea! I never would have thought of that but I love how customizable it is. ~jessica (ourgloballove.com)

  2. luna

    Such cute and smart ideas for a party!

  3. Michelle

    I used dollar tree flowers to make bouquets for a wedding.. the only issues is that their floral are seasonal and make sure you get more than enough because once they sell out they won’t get more…

  4. Kiwi

    Some teachers used the hula hoop and put fabric strips on it. They hung it above their heads and said it’s their halos. They look really good!

  5. Kyliejay!

    These are such cute ideas!

  6. Elaine

    The hula hoops there are pretty crappy and likely could not hold the weight of the lights without bending or breaking.

    • Stell

      I just saw this comment and had to share. I decorated one of these and as a lifelong crafter I knew what I was doing but the sand hoop bent in half after we hung it up. It couldn’t handle the weight of the lights and some fresh flowers. We will use 2.50 hula hoops if we do it again.

  7. Chris

    I love the chair bows! Looks easy enough for me 💚

  8. Terri

    I used the vases, water beads, and butterfly things (I forgot what they are called) for the centerpieces for my wedding.

  9. Amy

    More frugal wedding ideas and deal posts please! Getting married in June and keep scouring H2S for ideas on realistic items. Taking advantage of all the Shutterfly promos and Walgreens deals to get photos of us enlarged to use as part of our decor…would love to see more! Thank you for all you do!

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Congrats on your upcoming wedding! I will for sure pass this request on to the team. Thank you for the sweet comment! 🙂

      • Stephanie G.

        Same here! I always use H2S for wedding deals!

    • candace

      I made things. It was before I had kids when there was time! The best one I made was I found a 90% off mirror at hobby lobby with a big metal frame on it that the mirror had broke out. Was $19. Bought a screw to fix, painted the wood back that held the mirror in chalkboard paint, and used a chalkboard marker to do a cutesy wedding menu with our names. I looked at Pinterest for a layout.

    • Carrie S

      IKEA is the best for wedding decor!! A set of four votices with candles only averaged out to a couple of dollars, plus there are so many frames and little nick nacks. If you have one close, it’s worth a trip!

    • Brittany

      Amy, here are some ways that I saved money on my wedding this February. One thing that helped me save a lot of money was I did my invitations, Save the Dates, and RSVPs (for older relatives who aren’t tech savvy) all on Vista Print. For the RSVPs for the tech savy/younger crowd I just did it electronically on our wedding webpage. I was able to order 50 postcard magnets (for close family and friends) and 100 regular flat paper Save the Dates for $60 and 150 invitations + 50 Postcard RSVPs for $68.50. I made sure that I waited until they did their semi-annual sale to order them so I would get 50% off, but they also regularly have them 40% off.

      I am pretty crafty and love working with flowers so I made all of my own centerpieces and bouquets from flowers from Sam’s and the vases I got from the Dollar Store and then spray-painted Gold. The boutonniere & corsages were made by my mother who had more experience at that than I do. All in all I had a reception FULL of flowers (so much that we weren’t able to use them all) as well as we had a rather large bridal party and I spent less than $400 for everything

      I also knew that I wanted lanterns for part of the decor at my wedding so I kept searching the internet until I found some great prices. I was able to get them at Sears when they had them 90% off, but also I found lots of good deals on the buy sale trade pages on Facebook.

      We made sure we chose a naturally pretty venue that didn’t need much decor and allowed us to bring & choose our own vendors (with the exception of bartenders and security although we could bring in our own alcohol) and that in the long run saved us a lot of money. For example, we LOVE BBQ and where I live it’s not uncommon to have it served at weddings so we had this yummy restaurant near us who is famous for their BBQ cater and it was only $9/person which included 2 meats, 3 sides, salad, and bread. We got so many compliments on it. We were also able to make use of family friends/acquaintances who have their own side businesses for our cake and our DJ. By using them instead of one of the suggested vendors we were able to save over $1000.

    • leila

      I got wooden pallets from Michael’s, stained them with wood stain (also from Michael’s) and then strung some twine across it. I then took small cut outs of people’s names (that I had printed) and attached it with small wooden clothespins I got from walmart. Or you could purchase a large mirror that is framed and write the names on the mirror, for the listing of wedding guests. Depends on how many people are coming and budget!

  10. Teah

    My cousin had an outdoor wedding on what felt like, the hottest day of the summer. They purchased little spritzer bottles at the DT and had one on every chair for during the ceremony. EVERYONE was super grateful, and they were cute.

  11. apwade21

    Awesome ideas 🙂

  12. LC

    gret ideas!!

  13. Becky

    We purchased the small tissue paper garland and and cut them individually. I opened them half way to replicate a flower/water lily and
    placed on the middle of the plate for a colorful yet inexpensive place setting. Everyone commented how personalized and
    stunning it looked….no one knew it was a purchase from the dollar store.

  14. Becky

    I forgot to mention this was for our daughter’s wedding shower.

  15. Kimberly

    Great ideas!

  16. Amber

    I found clearanced diy invitation kits at Walmart, to which I added some ribbon from Michael’s and my Vista print postcard RSVPs. Postcard stamps are cheaper and you don’t have to open all those envelopes! We also got woven fans from Oriental Trading since it was outside in June. My husband and his best man purchased suits from men’s Warehouse that were approximately $200 since the rentals in the area are at least $150.

    • Jennifer (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow Amber! You did great! It was nice to buy the suits because they can use them again!

  17. Melissa

    Dollar a tree has saved me over and over while we are putting together out DIY wedding! I got shepherds hooks and tulle ribbon to fence off the pond area of our outdoor reception. It needed another touch though so clear cocktail cups with the battery operated tea lights will hand from the hooks.
    I am using hula hoops to hang inside the tent – a smaller hoop suspended from a larger hoop. String balls, tissue paper balls, paper flowers, etc hang at varying heights from the hula hoops and dress up the tent poles. The test run of this looked so good and held up nicely!
    Tulle for the chairbacks and those are done – spools are available at the Dollar Tree. For larger pieces of tulle, I ordered window panels from Ikea (around $5 for 2 panels) to dress up the ceremony arch.
    I made my own save the date cards and invitation packages using Illustrator but there are other ways for people who aren’t familiar with the program. (I wasn’t but have wanted to work with it.) They are my biggest accomplishment so far! They are beautiful and I saved a FORTUNE doing them myself. Friends had no idea they weren’t professionally done!
    So far, we are on track to pulling off a beautiful day on a very low budget.

  18. Beth

    I purchased small paper flowers that some 6 in a pack to make soccer ball arrangements for a banquet! I used a piece of styrofoam to attach the flowers to for a round shape! They worked perfect.

  19. Kell6580

    OMG!!! I’m so using the “lantern” idea for some citronella outdoor lanterns for my patio. No wedding needed. Lol.

  20. Anna

    I do a lot of things from the Dollar Tree these were great ideas

  21. Heather

    My fiance and I are getting married in November, and are using the glass bottles (corks removed) and artificial fall leaves (…to accent what we’d already bought at Michael’s.) for table bouquet decorations.

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