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There are plenty of ways to celebrate your marriage with a free wedding, or at least a close-to-free wedding! From backyard venues to do-it-yourself decorations, your best wedding doesn’t have to break the bank!

There’s something to be said for the excitement that goes along with getting married and planning a wedding. But, a wedding can often cost a small fortune and all the extras required could be a bit overwhelming! Fortunately, there are a lot of great budget-minded ideas out there that can help you have your special day without spending a fortune. Whether you’re looking for free wedding venues or getting frugal with decorations, there are many ways to keep it simple.

Find Free Wedding Venues

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One of the most expensive things associated with the big day is the venue. Whether you’re using reception halls, golf clubs or restaurants, the cost can be significant. Fortunately, there are many venue options that might not cost a dime! Whether it’s your parents or a close friend’s backyard, there’s something to be said for this down-home, casual location.

These days, some savvy brides and grooms are opting for drive-through weddings, so they can keep everyone at a safe social distance while celebrating the marriage.

You might need to limit the guest count, but it can make for a great celebration among your closest friends! There are also free wedding venues outdoors like local parks that offer picturesque scenery. As well, if you’re a beach-dweller this can be ideal since most beaches are open to the public. It’s just important to bear in mind that an outdoor location may require a backup plan. You won’t want to deal with any unplanned location changes on the wedding day!

Scale Down the Vendor List

Beyond the venue, there are plenty of things required to plan the best party. Instead of expecting gifts, you may want to ask your friends and family if they can help with services. Do you know an aspiring photographer or have a friend who’s a culinary artist? They may be happy to help! Photography and food can be expensive wedding requirements so saving on these will assist with your free wedding goal.

If you’re looking for a DJ, you could also use your own music playlist and ask a friend to spin. With plenty of fabulous wedding playlists available online, you can find a great set of tunes without hiring help! And, if you’re planning a backyard barbecue, you may be able to forego catering altogether and make it potluck style.

Downsize on Decor for a Free Wedding

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After you decide on the venue and vendor, you still have to think about the wedding decorations. Luckily, there are plenty of great, frugal flourishes that will make it easy to economize for your free wedding! Instead of expensive centerpieces, try something unique like a one-of-a-kind vase with handpicked flowers or personal picture centerpieces.

Flowers can be one of the most expensive parts of a wedding so less-is-more is the right approach. And, ensure the flowers you do choose are in season and readily available. You may even want to pick your own wedding bouquet for a stunning, simple look. Or, you could opt for a bouquet of baby’s breath or just greenery from Trader Joe’s for about $2.99 a bunch!

When it comes to walls, do-it-yourself decorative garlands are a great way to go. Whether you use acorns, pinecones or branches, these can create an elegant, handmade touch.

Free Keepsakes to Commemorate Your Wedding

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Whether you offer quiz sheets at every table or have a wedding party dance-off, the reception can be fun and (mostly) free! But, there are special ways to commemorate the event that are also economical. Make your own guestbook so that all of your invitees can write messages of support and cheer. This will be a precious memento of the special day that lasts a lifetime!

You could also try planting a tree or even putting together a time capsule with you and your loved one. Pick a date when all your guests can get together to unearth it. One of the most important parts of a free wedding is wedding favors, and you can save on these too! Instead of an expensive gift, try employing your own do-it-yourself style. Whether you make jam, popcorn or even wine, this is a unique way to commemorate the special event.

A wedding can be one of the most expensive events in a person’s life, but there are ways to simplify! If you have experience throwing your own free wedding, let us know in our comments section. Or ask family members how they could help pitch in on FamilyApp. Whether you choose a backyard barbecue or decide on do-it-yourself decorations, there’s no reason it can’t make for a memorable day!

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Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth loves saving money and finding fun things to do on a budget- and she freely share these ideas with her friends. Her well-organized planner full of color-coded activities and meal plans is an inspiration to all.

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