Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Getting Married?

Getting married or throwing a party?  Well, I am, and I have some tips for you (in no particular order):

  1. One of the best things you can do is order what you can online and go through your ShopAtHome account.  Here are some party/wedding sites that will get you cash back:
    1. David's Bridal - wedding, bridesmaids, mother of the bride/groom dresses...and many many more items.  Get 3% cash back.
    2. 123Prints.com - Save the dates, invitations, thank you cards...+ many more items.  Get 7.5% cash back + FREE shipping (no minimum order needed!)
    3. VistaPrint.com - Save the dates, invitations, thank you cards...+ many more items.  Get 6% cash back.
    4. Oriental Trading - Party Supplies.  Get 3% cash back
    5. Travel Sites - plan your honeymoon or vaction
      1. Travelocity - get 3% cash back
      2. Priceline - get 5% cash back
      3. Expedia - get 4% cash back
      4. Hotels - get 4% cash back
  2. Check RetailMeNot before ordering items.  Discounts you could receive
    1. FREE shipping
    2. % off purchase
    3. Amount off purchase
  3. Buy items from Amazon.com (you can not use tips 1 and 2 on Amazon)
    1. buy food in bulk
    2. DIY wedding books
    3. party accessories
    4. wedding attire
  4. DIY it!  Do certain tasks yourself
    1. Food (will need to recruit help)
    2. Invitations (can buy kits from Walmart, Michaels, etc)
    3. Wedding favors
    4. Decorations
  5. Ask for discounts.  It can't hurt to ask!
    1. David's Bridal - usually $50-$300 off wedding dresses + bride gets "coupons" for bridal party to use on their outfits.  Currently all bridesmaid and mother of the bride/groom dresses get an additional $20 off (bride must have "account" at DB.  Meaning she must have bought her gown at DB).
    2. If doing the food yourself, email the manufacturer of the different food items and ask for coupons.  Let them know you'll be feeding "x" amount of people and you may get lucky with some coupons!
    3. If you can't find any discounts on RetailMeNot, then call the company and ask if they have any deals currently when purchasing online.
  6. Purchase a "used" wedding gown.  You can save hundreds this way, if you don't mind a gently used dress.
    1. eBay
    2. Craigslist
    3. Second hand stores
    4. Goodwill
  7. Purchase items a little at a time.  If you buy everything all at once your bill is going to be large and possibly overwhelming.  If you have time, think about purchasing food items with the rest of your groceries.  Add an extra few items to your list each week and you may even be able to work it into your grocery budget!
Have any other great ideas?  Please post a comment or send me an email!

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