Wedding Budget Hacks

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I’m always looking for ways to save a few bucks when I’m shopping online (hello, promo code box!), and so it made considerable sense – and cents! – to keep a strategic eye open for discounts when it came to shopping wedding websites.

I’ve included some of my favorite tips below, which become more useful the further in advance you’re planning:

Before You Buy Anything Online…
Head on over to Ebates and create an account for yourself. I’ve saved more than $1,000 in the past 10 years by simply clicking through to the sites I shop on via Ebates. Just type the store you’re planning to shop at in the top search bar and then click the link within Ebates to earn a percentage back on your purchase. (Trust me; it’s too easy not to use!!)

Invitations and Paper Products
Fairly regularly, flash sites like Gilt City and Ruelala will host 50% off sales for online invitation sites like Wedding Paper Divas and Tiny Prints. Meaning, you can purchase a $100 e-gift card for $50, oftentimes paying $750 for $1,500 worth of product! Even considering the frequent sales these invitation sites offer, an even 50% is quite the steal.

Bridal Party Gifts and Goodies
I’m venturing into serious deal-seeker territory with this suggestion, because it creates a bit more complexity for the shopping experience. But, for shoppers who are looking to make big-dollar purchases, buying unused gift cards at Cardpool, which you can purchase at a discount. (Think 14% off Anthropologie gift cards for bridal party earrings or clutches; 7% off Nordstrom gift cards for your bridal makeup; and up to 20% off of restaurant gift cards for your rehearsal dinner costs!) Don’t forget to click through Ebates first for even more savings when using your gift cards.

Flowers and Favors
Did you know that you can buy floral packages for weddings and events through … drumroll … Costco?! Choose from a six-pack of centerpieces made with mini black Calla lilies and white roses, or a 16-pack of boutonnieres and corsages, all very reasonably priced and shipped directly to you. Of course, warehouse stores like Costco are also a great destination for fun favors in bulk. (Not a Costco member? Sam’s Club Wedding Flowers is also an option!)

Table Linens and Fabric
The coordinator who assisted us at our wedding venue suggested purchasing the black-and-white stripe table runners that I wanted to use given that renting them would likely cost the same, if not more. Crazy, right? Instead of dishing out several hundred dollars, I searched for wholesale options and picked up 25 runners (in the perfect, extra-long length) for a mere $75 using a promo code at CV Linens. Even better? I turned around and sold the 15 unstained runners after our wedding for a cool $50 on Craigslist – making my total table runner investment $25.

Share your favorite money-saving tips in the comments!

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