The average cost of a wedding in the United States now sits at a head turning $44,000, according to the Brides 2019 American Wedding Study. The number is shocking to couples and families in the initial planning phase, but it becomes less so when you consider how quickly the costs for venue rentals, catering, bar service, florals and all of the other essentials add up. No matter where you are in planning, a good freebie is always a welcomed surprise. We have your back and checked in with several sites for an ultimate roundup of deals. If you know of others, give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free wedding website builders
Blueprint: You can not only use the free website builder, but the site is loaded with wedding guides and free planning advice.
The Knot: Once you pick a design template on the free website builder, you can also use the Knot to order matching invitations.
Wedding Wire: This is a one stop shop for building your website, creating hotel blocks and collecting online RSVPs.
Zola: You can choose from more than 100 free website templates and opt for online RSVPs.
Free seating charts
Wedding Chicks free seating chart printable: You to build out your guest list, assign names to table numbers and then create an attractive printable poster to display at the entrance to your reception.
Wedding Wire’s free online seating chart tool. You can fill out your space with tables, the dance floor, the DJ booth and the buffet. Then, synch your guest list to drag and drop names onto tables.
Wedding Chicks: Offers more than a dozen printable wedding invitation templates for free. You fill in your information and print at home or your favorite office supply store!
Paperless Post: A great choice for free electronic invites. Look closely for the ones that are customizable.
Amazon: Create a gift registry and score bonus gifts when your guests purchase certain items.
Dillard’s: The Dillard’s Registration Incentives program gives you free gifts when you receive (or simply register for, in some cases) gifts from select brands.
Macy’s: Register for (and receive) gifts from brands including Cuisinart, Dyson, Cephalon and others, and receive bonus gifts from those brands.
Williams Sonoma: Register for (and receive) select gifts, and get free gifts from Williams Sonoma.
Amazon: Sign up for Amazon’s free-sample program, and select “beauty” on the preferences page. Amazon will start sending you free sample-sized beauty products.
Dillard’s: Visit the beauty counter and get a custom face chart with makeup recommendations for a custom look that you can give your wedding makeup artist during your trial run. No purchase necessary.
MAC: Need a lash application for your bachelorette party? MAC offers professional fittings and complimentary applications with the purchase of MAC lashes. See details.
Macy’s: Get free makeup consults for eyes, brows, lips and foundation.
Neiman Marcus: Make a $50 purchase at the beauty counter, and get five free samples. Save them for your day-of makeup bag, the morning after your bachelorette party, or add them to your bridesmaids’ goody bags. See details.
Nordstrom: Nordstrom offers plenty of free gifts with purchase. The free gifts vary, but range from samples from top brands, to multi-piece gift sets. You can also get free makeup application lessons for eyes, lips, brows and more.
Freebies at Bridal Expos
Look up local bridal shows and expos. They are known for giving away sample-sized beauty products, goodies and swag from vendors.
Freebies to Mention
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