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10 Best Money Saving Wedding Tips

So you just got engaged and began to go Pinterest crazy. Like pinning hundreds of pictures of cakes to venues, to invitations, and it gets you thinking...how much is this going to cost? Well, this happened to me, so I began to draft this list of my favorite wedding saving tips & tricks because hey a wedding is expensive and I am one frugal fiance. Below is 10 of my best money saving tips from saving money on bridesmaids dresses, to flowers, to cake and even venues!

bride and groom wedding


Save Money/ Earn Money
First up is a list of my favorite ways to earn a little extra cash to help pay for my wedding festivities and honeymoon. 
  • Free airline tickets to your honeymoon destination for free! Consider opening an airline credit card (such as Alaska or American Airlines), use your card to pay for some of your wedding expenses and qualify for two free round trip tickets to your honeymoon destination. (Please research & use responsibly) 
    • I am opening a credit card with Alaska Airlines and using that card to pay for initial wedding expenses, by doing so I will be able to use the bonus miles when I sign up to get free airline tickets!
Free Wedding Invitation Samples
free wedding invitation samples from vista print
Sample kit from vistaprint.com

Some of these companies also send out free samples of Save the Dates, Thank you cards & more! Get an idea of what style you like and use that as you search for the right invitations.
DIY Invitations
  • Or even better DIY your invitations by creating them on Canva.com (a free online program), upload them to Vistaprint (pick the premium soft-touch option for the best quality & feel) and buy envelopes & stamps at Walmart. These basic DIY invitations could cost around $100 ($50 worth of stamps!) for 100 wedding invitations. The average cost for wedding invitaitons is over $1000!

Free (or almost free) Wedding Venues
free beautiful wedding venues
Photo by Peary Photography from Chapel Dulcinea website

  • Chapel Dulcinea- If you live near Austin, Texas this would be an amazing free venue option. Weddings are available 7 days a week and book up fast, so make sure and make your reservation asap. Note: a $200-$400 refundable fee is required to hold your spot.
  • Your Local Parks- Weddings happen all the time at local parks and are simply beautiful, much less of a hassle and free!
free beautiful wedding venues barn farm


  • Local Farms- Farm weddings are suppeerrr trendy right now. Although advertised farm venues can be expensive, try reaching out to local small farms and see if they would be willing to rent for a small price space for your wedding. Imagine a ceremony outside of a barn or in a field? It's worth a shot!
  • Backyards of Friends or Family- Another great idea is utilizing backyards and properties of family and friends. 
  • Reach out to Facebook- Stumped on a cheap or free venue? Reach out to local Facebook groups and ask around for free or cheap wedding venues, someone may even let you use their backyard for a small fee! 

Free (or cheap) Food Items for your Wedding


potluck wedding food
  • Have a potluck- This one is always a goodie, have your family and friends bring one of their favorite dishes and have the reception be filled with incredible homemade dishes. 
  • Buy food from Costco- Grab a couple carts and fill them up with your favorite Costco foods. Bring your friends and family together and have a food making party for the wedding! The average cost of full-service catering is $12,000, your Costco trip would be a lot less expensive. 
  • Buy drinks from Costco- Way less expensive they purchasing through a catering company or bar service.
  • Pick up a Costco cake- A Costco cake costs $18.99 and serves 48 people. That's 39 cents per slice! This might be the cheapest possible way to serve a cake at a wedding (possibly even cheaper than making a cake homemade with all the ingredients). Costco offers both vanilla and chocolate half sheet cakes with 2 lbs of filling. Order in store with at least a 2-day notice. You could even DIY your Costco cake and add fresh fruit or flowers for a more expensive look. 
  • Free cake tastings- Some bakeries offer free cake tastings if you purchase your wedding cake through them. 


cheap wedding cake


  • Don't mention a wedding- Weddings drive A LOT of sales and upcharging (wedding cakes on average cost about $200-$400), so instead of mentioning your wedding simply order a cake from your local bakery. At my local bakery, I was quoted $35 for a simple one tier cake with basic decorations. Use this cheaper cake as the cake that will be used for cake cutting and served to the wedding party and then buy a Costco cake and cut it up in the back for a very inexpensive way to have a wedding cake. 
Free (or cheap) Wedding Dresses


cheap wedding dresses

  • Offer up/ Craiglist/ Facebook Marketplace- Some brides sale their wedding dresses for quite cheap on sites such as Offer up, Craiglist and Facebook marketplace. 

Free (or cheap) Bridesmaid Dresses
cheap bridesmaid dress
  • Have bridesmaids choose to wear any dress in a color range. That way bridesmaids can pick dresses in their own closet, borrow from a friend or even check out second-hand stores and online marketplaces. 




Free (or cheap) Wedding Decor 
  • Facebook Marketplace- I see brides offer up their wedding decorations on Facebook for super cheap after their wedding. 
  • Goodwill and Second Hand Stores- Sometimes you can find the cutest decor for super cheap. 
  • Friends/Family- Ask your family and friends to use their wedding decorations, most of the time they probably would be willing to share!
  • Amazon- Find great deals on decor with free shipping using prime!
just married banner cheap wedding decor

chiffon fabric wedding decor


Cheap Wedding Day Flowers 
  • Plant flowers way ahead of your wedding- The most affordable option would be to plant your very own flowers such as roses and cut them before your wedding. Watch a few DIY flower arrangement videos on Youtube and tackle your own flowers for your wedding!
  • Local Farmers Market- Have a friend pick up large bouquets of flowers at your local farmers market for the centerpieces at your wedding. At $15-$30 a bouquet, its a steal!
diy wedding flowers arrangement
  • DIY Flowers- Check out this online floral shop that sends you handpicked themed flowers for your wedding. You put together your arrangements and bouquets but get a great deal on flowers. 
  • Fake Flowers- Another option is to buy fake flowers from your local Micheals, Walmart, Dollar store or Amazon

Cheap Photographer
  • Family or Friends- Have a camera savvy friend? Ask your friend to take photos of your wedding in exchange for a small fee. 
  • Local college- Photography students tend to charge less because they are building their portfolio. Check out local college bulletin boards or post on Facebook to see if any students are willing to photograph your wedding for cheap. 
  • Check out Wedding Wired, a website filled with vendors for weddings. I saw photographers on this site for less than $1500 for full wedding photos. 

Free Wedding Planning Websites
Free Other Wedding Resources

Well, there you have it! The ultimate list of wedding freebies, budgeting tips, offers and more! I will continue to add to this list as my search continues <3

Love, 

P.S. This blog post contains affiliate links. This simply means that this blog could earn a small portion of a sale, however, this does not affect your cost of any items. 

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