7 Brilliant Wedding Day Hacks Using Dollar Tree Items

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hands using hot glue gun to place colorful florals on gold hula hoop - dollar tree wedding

Weddings can get pricey. 💸

However, with our Dollar Tree wedding hacks & genius ideas, you can pull off a beautiful wedding without breaking the bank! While you might not want to go the cheapest route for every detail and idea when planning your special day, you can tackle a few wedding to-dos using $1 items from Dollar Tree… and we’re sharing just how you can do it!


1. Think outside the box (or circle) to display special memories.

gold hula hoop with colorful florals and pictures in middle

Show off photos at your bridal shower, wedding, or reception by making a Hula Hoop Photo Hanging Display. You can even use it after the wedding and just swap out the photos!

hand holding a can of gold spray paint over painted hula hoop on cardboard

Having a rustic wedding or want to spruce up an outdoor space? You can also grab a $1 Dollar Tree hula hoop and create a “chandelier” by painting it and wrapping it with hanging lights and greenery. Then, suspend it from the ceiling of your venue or from tree branches with rope.

outdoor wedding with tables chairs and various string lights hanging from sky - dollar tree wedding

Just look at the gorgeous possibilities awaiting you and your guests! 😍

“I did the hula hoop picture frame hack last year for my sister’s bridal shower. She LOVED it! She still has it hanging on the wall in her house with the pictures she sent me to hang on it. I think I spent like $5 total to make it.” – Kova, Hip2Save reader


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

close up of black picture frame lanterns with candles on table - dollar tree wedding

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

close up of metal lantern with candle inside and number 3 hanging from the top - dollar tree wedding

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! 😱

You can also use Dollar Tree picture frames to create a DIY framed seating arrangement or some gorgeous framed table numbers.


3. Make your own flower girl bouquet.

close up of colorful flowers in store

Dollar Tree carries an assortment of artificial flowers in various colors and sizes! If you’re looking to save on flower costs for your wedding, consider making a bouquet for the flower girl or a bridal practice bouquet for the rehearsal, or a toss bouquet for the reception.

“I LOVE using Dollar Tree flowers and they are a great way to cut the budget. For my daughter’s wedding, I used Dollar Tree flowers mixed with florals from Hobby Lobby that look real and everything looked GREAT!” – Deborah, Hip2Save reader

girl holding pink rose bouquet - dollar tree wedding

If you tend to have allergic reactions towards some flowers, you can even create a bridal bouquet for your big day using a paper towel tube for the handle, a foam craft ball, ribbon, and Dollar Tree artificial flowers. Make sure to also check out Pinterest for even more inspiration.

“Fake flowers were awesome for our July wedding. Real ones would have been very expensive and would have wilted before the ceremony even started due to the heat!! Plus, we were able to make them ahead of time so we knew what they would look like. We put the money we saved in different areas on our wedding toward a down payment for our house. I still have my bouquet in a vase in my window, over 15 years later!” – Corey, Hip2Save reader


4. Decorate your wedding with trendy giant tissue paper flowers from the Dollar Tree.

hand holding a pack of colorful tissue paper

These tissue paper flowers are affordable and popular as reception decorations. Use them to decorate the tables, to place them on the backs of chairs, or even to create a fun photo backdrop at the reception.

bride and groom holding hands at wedding ceremony - dollar tree wedding

If your Dollar Tree doesn’t carry the pre-made ones, you could easily make these paper flowers from Dollar Tree’s tissue paper using this tutorial from Hello Creative Family.


5. Spruce up wedding guest chair backs on the cheap.

hand holding pew bows in packaging in store - dollar tree wedding

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.

bows on the back of wedding chairs - dollar tree wedding

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.


6. Charge your tables on the cheap with Dollar Tree’s endless dinnerware collections.

dollar tree wedding plates

If you’re planning to host a sit-down dinner and want to spruce up your table setting on the cheap or plan on serving wine at the reception, definitely scope out Dollar Tree’s dinnerware & glassware first!

wedding table setting with flowers candles and cake

Dollar Tree offers an assortment of dishes, glassware, chargers, silverware & steak knives, and so much more for just $1 each! And the best part is that if you go with a neutral color, you can reuse many of the items down the road.


7. Provide Dollar Tree flip flops at the reception or as wedding favors.

flip flops hanging in dollar tree store aisle

Sometimes uncomfortable dress shoes can really kill the mood at a wedding reception… and nobody wants a party pooper! Make it easy for your guests to relax by letting them kick off their heels!

various colors of flip flops in basket in sand - dollar tree wedding

Offer your guests a pair of inexpensive flip-flops and watch the dance floor fill up! They’re also ideal for beach-themed or summer weddings. And the best part is they’re super affordable!


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Comments 29

  1. Bryant

    Dollar Tree artificial flowers look incredibly cheap. Even standing all the way at the opposite end of the store I can tell they’re el cheapo. Your flower girl’s bouquet will look nothing like the posted pic. You’ll have to spend good money at Hobby Lobby or Michaels to come even close. Remember, you get what you pay for.

    • Amy

      I don’t think anyone is expecting any of these “hacks” to be fancy. But they will do if you are in a pinch! plus it’s a little girl, no one cares what her flowers look like, in fact i think the more fake and toy like they look, makes it cuter.

    • Rebecca

      All of those pictured look really cheap but they have nicer ones out right now that would make beautiful bouquets. Unfortunately they sell out super quick & not every store has them.

    • Chelsea

      If you pop them off their stem and layer two together, hot glue, and pop it back on the stem they look like decent flowers! It works well with flatter flowers like daisies, not ones like roses that are more formed. I do this for making all my seasonal wreaths, and it’s still cheaper than hobby lobby flowers.

    • PrincessMom

      Agreed, I use artificial flowers for the cemetery and the dollar store ones are awful. I buy most of mine at Joann Fabrics–they have fantastic sales and I usually get them for 50-75% off. Plus, they’re nice full flowers so you need less of them.

      That being said, I still wouldn’t use them for a wedding. You can order huge boxes of flowers from Costco for under $100 and put together all the flowers you need from those.

  2. mumonkeymom09

    I did the hula hoop picture frame hack last year for my sister’s bridal shower. She LOVED it! She still has it hanging on the wall in her house with the pictures she sent me to hang on it. I think I spent like $5 total to make it.

  3. Rebecca

    Follow Bargain Bethany on YouTube & Instagram. She got married last fall & has posted great ideals for Dollar Tree items & DIY’s she did for her wedding (which was beautiful!)

  4. Corey

    Fake flowers were awesome for our July wedding. Real ones would have been very expensive and would have wilted before the ceremony even started due to the heat!! Plus, we were able to make them ahead of time so we knew what they would look like. We put the money we saved in different areas on our wedding toward a down payment for our house. I still have my bouquet in a vase in my window, over 15 years later!

    • Tina

      Any photos? Where did you get the fake flowers?

  5. Doretha Bailey

    I love, love, love the hula hoop idea for a in expensive chandelier!! Amazing!!!!!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m loving that one too, Doretha!

  6. Deborah

    I LOVE using dollar tree flowers! They may take a little more Orkney than others, but a great way to cut the budget. For my daughter’s wedding, I used DT flowers and added some from hobby lobby and the looked GREAT!

  7. Lynn

    These are ideas to get the creative juices going. You can wrap the hoops in tulle, ribbon, rope, add green or battery lights. Beyond weddings – birthdays, parties or dinners…
    How cheap or fancy is up to you. Thank you for the idea!!

    • iamkris10

      I used a hula hoop to make a wreath for a ‘grand’ entryway window. I got cheap garland, but a nice bow and accents. It ended up being about $10 as opposed to $150+ for a wreath the size I needed.

  8. Dee

    The first thing we cut from our wedding budget was favors. After attending many weddings and seeing them just left on the tables or tossed on the way out the door, we put the money toward more meaningful wedding expenses. Nobody will miss them.

    • PrincessMom

      Completely agree. Either eliminate it altogether or make a donation instead. I went to one wedding where there was a sign posted in a picture frame where people got their table assignments. It said something along the lines of, “We have chosen to make a donation to the (local animal shelter) in honor of our guests who have joined us to celebrate today.” (It was phrased better than that lol but I thought it was really nice.) I’ve also seen online where people make donations to charities that are close to their families, like to a cancer charity for someone whose mom died of cancer.

    • Cherryluva

      To each their own. I’m a gift giver, it’s just what I do. My guests will have 3 gifts to take home to use this month.

  9. everybodyluvsmonkeys

    These are some really good ideas!

  10. Jen

    My Mom handmade beautiful seashell Angel ornaments for all of our guests. It was a December wedding. If you have anyone crafty in the family – they could make your favors if you want them. She did all the wedding flowers for the church out of silk flowers bought from craft stores on sale mixed with real pine boughs. This helped cut way down on the actual flower budget. My dress was from a bridal second-hand store and gorgeous. Stunning beading and at a huge discount. Weddings on the beach or at your favorite local park are super affordable, just contact the Park District or look online for their website. Our neighbor did our videography (that was his line of business) so he gave us a huge discount. My cousin who loves photography helped taking candids but we hired a professional for the rest. Don’t be afraid to ask family and friends for help or recommendations. 🙂

    • Jen

      Forgot to mention… have your wedding on a Friday (like we did) saves a lot also vs. Saturday or Sunday.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks a TON for taking a moment to share these helpful tips, Jen! Much appreciated!

  11. Theresa

    I cut way down on my floral cost with these easy ideas. First, I went to a trusted florist. Next, I told her my budget before getting in to what I wanted. Third I told her I wanted “drop ins” instead of flowers in a vase already and I bought all the cases at dollar tree. I had absolutely stunning bouquets, including one to throw, for a very reasonable price. She told me that because I was providing my own vases I was doubling the amount of flowers I was getting. (Since we discussed budget at the beginning I wasn’t looking to save any additional money)

  12. Ashley

    Keep all the wedding ideas and deals coming! My son is getting married in August and we are all about saving money and DIY projects!

  13. Ana

    I attended a wedding where they had all the tables covered in the cheap dollar tree tablecloths but they flipped them over so the fluffy side was up and that slippery side was facing down. It looked really good and the only reason I knew was because because the bride told me.
    After you decorate the table know one can tell.

    • Tina Gilmore

      what was the purpose for flipping them? Did you still see the color?

  14. Ann

    People spend way too much money on weddings. Go the cheap route and take that money and invest in a home. Nobody will remember any fancy decorations from a wedding, but they will remember your fancy home decorating.

  15. BM

    I love the tips you give.. always look fwd to them!!
    Thanks sooo much ❤

  16. nita

    Great real dozen roses and other bouquets at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Just arrange flowers, get tulle and wrap at cut stems for classic hand held bouquets.

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