When you’re planning a wedding, it seems like everyone’s out to make a buck. And let’s face it, weddings are expensive occasions. Luckily, not everyone is looking at you as a walking dollar sign. There are some genuine no-strings-attached freebies, and certain vendors who’d like you to promote their stuff through your wedding registry will send you a gift in return if you do.
We’ve hunted down a whole slew of information for you, and we’ve done our very best to ensure that the offers are still valid. As a final tip that covers local businesses near you, why not ask about freebies? For example, if you book your reception at a specific venue, do they offer you any freebies in return? It pays to be cheeky sometimes, especially when you’re likely to be a big spender.
In this guide...
1. Free Wedding Stationery
Printers make profits. It’s logical. They’ll charge you for design, even when using simple templates, and you can bet they profit on every drop of ink and every sheet of paper. What if you could get your wedding stationery designs for free?
What can you get?
- Engagement party invitations
- Bridal shower invitations
- Wedding invitations
- Address labels
- Table place markers
- Menu designs
- Thank you note stationary
Do a bit of your own hunting because there are more options than we can possibly list, or use these leads to get your free templates.
- Wedding Chicks: an all-out suite of all the stationery you’ll need in matching themes. Enter your custom text and hit print!
- CardsAndPockets: great, customizable designs for your invitations.
- Avery: easily customizable place cards.
- Evermine: gives you 120 free printed address stickers in return for a social media share. You just pay the shipping. Or else use Avery’s templates and print your own!
- The Knot: is a great wedding website for getting all kinds of information, but one of its nicest features is the free wedding website you can get.
- eVite: lets you skip printing altogether. Send e-invitations for free! Once again, you can customise them as you desire.
- Venngage: a collection of free and beautiful DIY wedding invitation templates!
2. Wedding Registry Freebies Worth Hundreds of Dollars
What if you could get free stuff when people buy the gifts you’ve listed on your wedding registry? It’s no fantasy. There are plenty of companies offering freebies when you encourage your friends and family to help outfit your home with things you really need.
Amazon’s wedding registry offer is tops, and your choices are virtually limitless! Just check it out:
- Get a 10 to 20 percent off coupon code after your wedding date.
- Free shipping (even for non-Prime members). Ok, that’s a freebie for your friends, but never look a gift horse in the mouth!
- Free completion gifts from great brands like Le Creuset, Rachel Ray, and Westinghouse. There’s a lot of potentially free loot, so check current offers.
- Plus, you get a free record of who bought what, making it easy to send out those thank you notes.
Those free gifts are the ones we’re eyeing out. You could get freebies worth hundreds of dollars. And by the way, some offers don’t even depend on a purchase. They will keep changing, so look to see what’s available when it’s time to set up your registry.
Again, wedding registry items bought by your guests qualify you for tons of great freebies. As a bonus, you get a juicy discount on any items you wanted, but that are left over after your friends and family did their shopping. Again, flat-out-free offers are featured from time to time.
Crate & Barrel
There’s plenty of brilliant loot for free with completions. You’re guaranteed to be spoiled for choice, and you can get all the kitchenware you need from guests who browse your registry.
Bed Bath & Beyond
The registry incentives listed in Bed Bath & Beyond’s Freebook are just fantastic. You have to send a redemption form to claim your gift, but that’s easily done. Again, cool discounts are yours for anything you listed that wasn’t bought by your guests. The in-store and online coupons are valid for three months. We’ve also seen mentions of free gifts just for creating your registry, but these seem to change a lot, and there doesn’t seem to be anything right now.
Sur la Table
Just for registering, you could get some amazing giveaways. Once your guests start buying gifts from the registry, things get even better, so be sure to load your registry with this in mind.
The Bottom Line?
Set up a wedding registry with the retailer that offers the best free gifts for you. Check your favourite retailers and ask them about free offers, then weigh your options and go with the best one. Hey, your wedding registry sends companies lots of business, so be as mercenary as you like! This is your best chance to get really valuable wedding freebies.
3. Free Cake and Sample Menu Items
No, you won’t get whole wedding cake free, but you can get free sample tastings. Not all bakeries offer them, but quite a few do, so you and your fiancé can go on a cake-eating spree without paying a cent. Plus, you’ll know that you’ve chosen the tastiest cake available when you place your order.
Some caterers are also obliging enough to let you taste their cuisine before deciding on a menu. This kind of offer isn’t all that common, but when calling around, ask whether you’ll be able to sample any dishes. Some may expect you to commit to supporting them first, but you never know, you might get a tasty feast for free.
4. Visit Wedding Expos If You Can
If there are wedding expo events in your area, you’re in luck! You stand to get free samples galore while you’re shopping around for ideas. Some vendors will happily give you treats and refreshments when you show an interest in their wares, so get in there and enjoy yourself.
5. Enter and Win
There are many competitions and lucky draws open to brides planning their weddings. Look out for them in bridal magazines or on websites like Wedding Vibe. All you have to do is sign up; choose the freebies you’d like to win; and wait for one of the regular draw dates. You could win anything from a free honeymoon to a cute cake topper. Imagine getting a whole honeymoon for free! The next draw is on the 27th of March, so start entering those draws now.
Emmaline Bride offers giveaways with various terms and conditions, so follow the blog and look out for the lucky draws. The more you enter, the better your chances of winning.
6. Get a Free Wedding Dress
If your partner is in the military or is a first responder, you should investigate the possibility of getting a free wedding dress. Brides Across America gives away thousands of free dresses to military brides every year.
Every now and then they also host lucky draws for beneficiaries as well as lovely events, so keep an eye on the website if you qualify. If you don’t, remember this option to donate your wedding dress to a great cause.
7. Free Mag Subscriptions, Catalogs, and More
These offers come and go, and some of them are local mags only covering specific towns or areas, so keep your eyes open. You’ll get lots of great ideas for your wedding, but if you’re worried about all that paper and its effect on the environment, simply check out any one of the many wedding websites out there or look at Pinterest.
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