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When Tom and I got married in September 2013, I wanted to do it as cheaply as possible. It’s not because we couldn’t afford a wedding, but more that I really just didn’t want to pay thousands of dollars for what amounted to a few minutes of our married life. One of the ways that I saved big was to find all of the free wedding samples that I could. It didn’t matter to me if it was only a small ribbon sample, I was determined to find a use for them so that I wouldn’t have to pay for that one item. I did too, and while I can’t give you a dollar number on how much I actually saved with it, I can tell you that I had a budget wedding that we had no issues staying within the budget we had set for ourselves.
If you’re looking to have your wedding on a budget, these free samples for weddings can help you too the same way that they did me. They’re not going to help you save thousands on your wedding, but they will help you save a little. My motto is that any savings is a good savings and that is never more true than when you’re trying to plan a wedding on a budget. Your wedding should be the first thing that you and your fiance look to save money on, but it shouldn’t be the only thing. Too many couples go into debt for their wedding then spend years trying to pay it off. Don’t be that couple and don’t let planning a wedding on a budget be the last thing that you discuss financially. Your finances as a couple should start before you get married and since money is one of the leading causes of divorce in this country, should be a priority for you both as newlyweds and during the first 2 years of your marriage.
Saving money on your wedding doesn’t have to be one of those situations where you are constantly banging your head against the wall trying to figure out how to do “more” to save. There are a lot of ways that you can save money on your wedding. Aside from using wedding freebies to save, there are plenty of ways that you can save money on your wedding dress, save money on wedding decor, save money on wedding flowers and even ways to save money on wedding photos. I know that it can seem hard to do, but if you really get creative and you buckle down to become determined to have a wedding on a budget, you can absolutely do it.
Another way to plan your wedding on a budget is to earn all of the extra money and free gift cards that you can. I personally earn $225.00 extra every single month using a system that I worked out. If you did things the way that I do, you could very likely “pay” for a lot of your wedding items with a gift card.
Free Wedding Samples – List of Free Samples for Weddings
One last thing before we jump into these free wedding samples. This post has been on-going since 2014. I try to keep it updated once a month, but sometimes it is longer between updates. The free wedding samples below are free at the time of posting. I can not guarantee that they will stay that way. I do try to keep this post updated, but sometimes one slips through the cracks or I just overlook it. If that happens, would you be so kind as to leave me a comment and let me know so that I can remove it from the list? Also, please do not commit fraud to get these gifts. If you are not truly getting married, since a lot of these involve sending forms through the mail, you could be charged with mail fraud from the company. I’d hate to see that happen to any of you.
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Free Wedding Venues
Let’s face it; wedding venues are not cheap and can cost more money for each person you invite. If you can get a free venue, you will be saving a ton of money. Here is a free wedding venue to check out:
Chapel Dulcinea – Austin, TX
Freebies for Opening a Wedding Registry
You can get lots of freebies simply by starting a wedding registry. Here are a few places that offer bonus gifts when you sign up for a wedding registry:
Amazon: Open a registry with Amazon and receive bonus gifts when you register for items with select vendors and your guests make purchases. Create your registry here –> Amazon Wedding Registry
Kohl’s: Open a registry at Kohl’s with $300.00 or more of Wilton Armetele items on it and get a FREE Wilton Armetele Small Heart Dish! ($15.00 Value) (Offer good while supplies last). Form here –> Kohl’s Wilton Armetele Wedding Registry Gift
Crate and Barrel: Open your wedding registry at Crate & Barrel and get a free set of stemless wine glasses with embroidered linen bag. Info here –> Free Stemless wine glasses from Crate & Barrel Wedding Registry
Target: Create a Target wedding registry and you’ll very likely score a high dollar coupon, other store coupons and more. This is unconfirmed but they do send high dollar freebies for their baby registry (I have personally gotten those) so it is very much worth signing up to check. Target, also, offers 15% off all gifts you don’t receive after the wedding date and free bonus gifts. Form here –> Target Wedding Registry
FREE Wedding Apps
In the days of everything digital, there are tons of free wedding apps that offer you help with planning, budgeting, and saving for your wedding. Here are a few free wedding apps you will want to try:
Click on the name of the app to check it out!
Free Wedding Books and Magazines
Click on the name of the book to go directly to it. Keep in mind that some of these are Kindle books and that while they are currently free prices may change at anytime. If you see any that aren’t free any longer, please leave me a comment and let me know so that I can remove them. If you don’t currently have an Amazon Kindle, you can download the Kindle app for PC or your phone totally free as well.
Free Subscription to New England Brides Magazine Online (New England states only)
Free Wedding Printables
From keeping yourself organized to creating invitations, free wedding printables are great for planning your own wedding. Here are some free printables you will love! Just click on the printable below to print it!
Free Wedding Stationary Sample Kit (CAN be personalized!!)
Free Wedding Checklist from Martha Stewart (Martha Stewart has the best ideas)
Free Printable Kids Wedding Theme Coloring Book (great idea to keep the kids entertained)
Free Wedding Gowns
One of the most expensive parts of a wedding is the actual wedding dress or wedding gown. The dress is what makes you feel like a princess on your special day. However, you can get the dress of your dreams for free. Here are a few places to score free wedding gowns:
Every Girls Dream INC:Their mission is to provide wedding gowns to brides undergoing financial hardship. Fill out the application to see if you qualify!
Brides Across America: Information on FREE wedding gowns for women in the military and those marrying a military member. Info here –> FREE Wedding Gowns
Mary’s Bridal Gown: Enter the Mary’s Bridal Gown Giveaway Sweepstakes to be entered to win a gown. Register to win here–> Win a Free Bridal Gown.
Free Wedding Samples
Check out some of these other great freebies. From free planning newsletters to free editing and office software, these freebies help you plan your wedding without the cost!
Things Remembered: FREE Bridal Newsletter with tips, budget tricks, and more. Also, they do in store freebies a lot and if you get this newsletter you’ll be notified of those so you can grab them too. Sign up –> Free Bridal Newsletter
Free Photo Editing Software: Skip having the photographer edit your images and download these free software programs to do it yourself!
- Paint.net – FREE Photo Editing Software
- Gimp – FREE Photo Editing Software
- PicMonkey – PicMonkey has both a free version and a paid, $4.99/mo version. I use it every day of my life to edit the images you see here on the blog, including the one in this post.
Free Office Software: Keep track of things with spreadsheets, word processor docs and more. Download –> Free Office Software
Portraits: Get a Free 8×10 Engagement Photo from JCP Portraits (with small purchase of other portrait products)
Create a Website: The Free Wedding Website for you and your fiance is the perfect way to showcase your love journey to others, and its free!
Wedding Planner: Use this Free Wedding Planning Website to plan your wedding including your budget.
Free Tickets: Bridal Affair lets you get Free Tickets to Bridal Shows magazines and more!
Free Ribbon: Get Free Ribbon Samples from Of The Earth. Like I said above, even a free sample of ribbon is one less you have to buy.
Free Calligraphy: One of the main reasons for getting your wedding invites printed for you is to get the neat calligraphy. Get Free Calligraphy Fonts and do it yourself.
Get Congrats from the White House: Free Wedding Congratulations from The White House (also good for births and 50th anniversaries)
Rose Petals: Rose petals can be expensive especially since they just get thrown on the floor. The more Free Silk Rose Petal Samples you get, the less you have to buy.
Budget Friendly Ways to Save on Your Wedding
The deals below aren’t free, but they will go a long way toward helping you save money on your wedding and supplies. I wanted to mention them since that is your goal by being on this post. To save money.
Groupon: Find deals on your honeymoon trip, photographer and more when you sign up for Groupon.
Ebates: Sign up for Ebates – Ebates is a cashback shopping site. This means they will pay you cash back for shopping through them. Buy anything and everything you can earn cashback on (some items aren’t eligible) through Ebates to save money on your wedding. Plus, new members get a free $10.00 gift card after their first $25 purchase
Target: Apply for a Target Redcard Debit Card – Get free shipping from Target.com and 5% off of your purchases online or in-store
Free Stuff News Letter: Subscribe to the Just Free Stuff Newsletter to get even more freebies. You’ll get them by email and you never know when there will be a free wedding sample included.
Photo Book: Get a custom photo book for just $4.99 to easily display your wedding photos. Just head HERE and use coupon code WRITE at checkout. S&H applies.
Wedding Announcements: Save 50% off wedding announcements, prints and books. Head HERE and use coupon code WEDDING at checkout.
Destination Weddings offers discounts off of romantic getaways (think honeymoon!) and up to $1500.00 savings. Check it out HERE.
When it comes to saving money, it’s important to start being thrifty even before you say “I do.” What other ways have you found to save money on your wedding? Share your wedding freebies in the comments below!
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