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Stay Under Budget With These 25 Dollar Store Wedding Hacks

It’s no secret that weddings are expensive. As a bride, you’re probably constantly looking for any way possible to save some money, but there’s a good chance that you’ve never thought to look at your local dollar store. These inexpensive spots often offer a treasure trove of wedding-worthy décor for a fraction of the price you'd pay anywhere else. Who knows? With these dollar store hacks, you may even save enough money to splurge on your dream dress!

By: Teresa Fata

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  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Pick up a set of sheets or a tablecloth from the dollar store, and ask a friend who’s good at calligraphy to write a meaningful quote or one of your vows on the sheet. This is such an easy way to add a personalized touch to your wedding for very little money!

    Photo Credit: Erich McVey

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Want to make a grand entrance? Make the perfect outdoor entryway with long drapes hanging for your big reveal.

    Related: 100 Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

    Photo Credit: Erica Beckman

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Turn paper lunch bags into cute lanterns to line your aisle. Pick up some battery-operated candles at the dollar store as well — it's much safer to use flameless candles in luminaries.

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    For easy and chic décor, collect empty wine bottles for vases and grab lanterns at the dollar store; then spray paint everything gold!

    Photo Credit: Paige Budde

  • Ceremony Aisle

    Ceremony Aisle

    Turn cheap lanterns into flower vases to hang on chairs going down the aisle at your ceremony.

    Related: 40 Ways to Decorate Your Ceremony Aisle

  • Memory Tree

    Memory Tree

    Tell your love story with pictures at your outdoor wedding! Grab some string and some photographs, and hang them around a tree to give people an inside look into how you two fell in love.

    Related: 7 Fun Ways to Personalize Your Wedding With Photos

    Photo Credit: Devon Donnahoo Luce

  • Seating Chart

    Seating Chart

    Make your wedding planning less stressful by using page markers to organize your seating chart.

    Related: 50+ Eye-Catching Seating Charts

    Photo Credit: Jen Carreiro of Something Turquoise

  • Creative Sign

    Creative Sign

    Find a big mirror at a dollar or craft store, spray paint the frame, and then cover the mirror with chalkboard paint. It’s a cheap way to direct your guests to different areas for your wedding, and it looks like you spent a fortune to get the look.

    Photo Credit: Lauren Scotti

  • Table Numbers

    Table Numbers

    Buy glass carafes from your local store, and spray paint them with bright colors for your colorful wedding. Add a number sticker to each for simple table signs.

    Photo Credit: Molly Madfis of Almost Makes Perfect

  • Table Numbers

    Table Numbers

    Peruse your local store for sheet music and simple picture frames. Age the sheet music with tea bags for the perfect table numbers for your vintage wedding.

    Photo Credit: Allie Siarto

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Dollar stores often offer a plethora of bargain books; collect novels that match your color scheme, frame your table numbers in dollar store frames, and complete the vintage-inspired look with simple floral arrangements featuring baby's breath and spray roses in glass jars.

    Photo Credit: Allie Siarto

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Getting married near Christmastime? It's easy to create a gorgeous holiday-inspired centerpiece. Simply pick up some jars from the dollar store and fill each with water, pine needles, berries, and a tea light. 

    Photo Credit: Paula Jones of Bell'alimento

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Create a lush faux floral arrangement with just a few simple steps: hot glue a plastic candlestick holder to a styrofoam ball, then push the flower buds into the ball, securing each with a little craft glue. You’ll make a dramatic statement on your tables for just a few bucks.

    Photo Credit: Goods Home Design

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Pick up some cheap trays, spray paint them gold, and then top them with baby’s breath and tall candles. You instantly have a dramatic centerpiece for almost no cost at all!

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Go the trendy route by painting a dollar store votive with an ombré design. What an easy way to personalize your centerpieces with your wedding colors!

    Photo Credit: Trisha Zemp of The House That Lars Built

  • Tabletop Elements

    Tabletop Elements

    Give your dollar store glasses an upscale look by dipping the bottom half in gold paint. 

    Photo Credit: Rashon Carraway

  • Tabletop Elements

    Tabletop Elements

    We’ve all seen snowflake crafts for kids at the dollar store, but we bet you’ve never thought to fashion it into a charger for your winter wedding place settings! It’s cheap and easy, and it’s a great little touch to go along with your theme.

    Related: 100 Ideas for Winter Weddings

    Photo Credit: Ashley Greenwood of 3 Little Greenwoods

  • Tabletop Elements

    Tabletop Elements

    Pick up plain dishtowels from the dollar store to use as napkins. Not only is the look super cute and rustic, but also you’ll save on the rental fees.

    Photo Credit: Leigh Anna Thompson

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Create a romantic ambience simply by wrapping string lights around the trees at your outdoor wedding.

    Photo Credit: Steven Offutt

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Hosting your wedding in a barn? Decorate the tall, bare ceilings with paper lanterns from the dollar store. It adds a little bit of warmth to the space without costing a fortune.

    Photo Credit: Julia Wade

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Turn a hula hoop into a gorgeous chandelier by wrapping it in twinkling lights and fresh greenery, then suspending it from the ceiling of your venue. It’s perfect for a rustic wedding!

    Related: 25 Ways to Transform Your Wedding With Lighting

    Photo Credit: Sherry Hammonds

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Repurpose outdoor string lights into chic wedding lighting by spray painting the wires gold. Unscrewing each bulb to spray paint it may be a little time-consuming, but the end result is so worth it!

    Photo Credit: Landee Anderson

  • Food

    Food

    Turn a dollar store platter into a sleek cheese platter with a little bit of chalkboard paint. Your cocktail hour will instantly be revitalized.

    Photo Credit: Amanda Wright

  • Dessert Display

    Dessert Display

    Simply glue a doily to a dollar store plate for a rustic touch to your dessert table.

    Photo Credit: Stephanie Eddy of Clockwork Lemon

  • Dessert Displays

    Dessert Displays

    Cake stands can be pricey, but you can get the look for (much) less by hot gluing an upside-down pie tin to a candlestick. Spray paint the entire piece for a look that’s perfect for a dessert table. If you’re having a retro glam wedding, this is a way to decorate for barely any money.

    Photo Credit: Heather Dalton of Chickabug

Stay Under Budget With These 25 Dollar Store Wedding Hacks

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