Tuesday, June 18, 2019


Ultimate List of Wedding Freebies & Samples+ More

You just got engaged to the person of your dreams and it was everything. After the initial shock and celebratory champagne, you sit down on your couch and open up your laptop and begin to Google and Google. Like scroll through hundreds of pages of wedding searches from the cake to the venue to invitations, and it gets you thinking... wait I wonder if there is anything free I can get for planning a wedding? Well, this happened to me, so I began to draft this list of the ultimate wedding freebies, samples and offers because hey a wedding is expensive and I am one frugal fiance.

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Ultimate List of Wedding Freebies, Samples & More
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Free Kitchen/Household Items for Opening a Wedding Registry
 free wedding freebies and bonus giftsfree wedding gifts and freebies

  • Macy's- After registering at Macy's you can qualify for free bonus gifts such as free wine glasses, knives, mixing bowls, pans and more. Even a $50 visa gift card! Up to $2300 worth of free kitchen and household items!
  • Amazon-Free bonus gifts such as a free crystal bowl, free griddle, stir fry pan, and elite blender! 
  • Dillards- Free bonus gifts such as18 wine glasses, luggage, and visa gift cards! 
  • Bloomingdales- Free bonus gifts such as a French skillet, engraved photo frame, knives and more!
  • Bed Bath and Beyond- Free bonus gifts such as free knives, ramekins, cake serving set and more!
  • Crate and Barrel- Bonus gifts from 14 brands! Including Wustholf, Vitamix and more!

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!

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 shown at the wedding 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. 
blush long flowly bridesmaid dress

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. 

Free Wedding Planning Websites
Free Other Wedding Resources

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


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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