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Tying the knot? 7 ways to upcycle and thrift your way down the aisle

What we'll cover

  • Fun ways to add charm without adding cost

  • How to find inexpensive options

  • When to include the help of friends and family

A wedding is one of the most exciting events of your life — it can also be one of the most expensive. Wedding budgets come in all shapes and sizes, so if you're looking to keep costs low , there's a creative way to stay on budget: Getting thrifty. Consider these options if you're hoping to save a few bucks:

1. Thrift your wedding outfit

When you say yes to the thrift store dress (or suit), you can score a huge discount. Wedding outfits are usually worn once, which means you can find options you love that are in great condition. Even if you can't find your dream outfit, consider thrifting your accessories, whether it's your veil, shoes or something blue.

If you're struggling to spot thrift finds in your area, explore second hand options online. This allows you to shop at your own pace and search for the best deals.

2. Buy second-hand furniture

Instead of renting furniture from the venue for seating areas, ask if you can bring in your own. Search for local deals on secondhand antique couches or chic patio furniture that you can use for cocktail hour or an outdoor photo booth. After you've set up a photo-op for you and your guests, you can move your new pieces into your home sweet home (or resell them on an online marketplace).

3. Get creative with thrifted containers

Add a romantic touch to the ceremony and reception by filling unique glass containers with candles, sand or flowers. Search your local thrift stores or online marketplaces for old lanterns and vintage vases to embellish centerpieces and line the wedding aisle.

 4. Mix and match glassware

Plates, cups and silverware are must-haves for a dinner reception, but they often come with high price tags. Think about where you can mix and match rented items, like plates and cutlery, with thrifted items like vintage china and colorful glass goblets for an eclectic look.

5. Add structure with frames

Picture frames are a simple and fun way to personalize your venue. From wooden to embellished, you'll have no lack of variety to choose from in thrift stores. Repurpose used frames with paint colors that match your theme and fill them with photos of you and your spouse through the ages. (Don't leave out the baby pictures!) Frames are also a great way to step up your table number game and complement your centerpieces.

6. DIY the wedding arch

Decorating your wedding arch yourself can save money and add sentimental value to the ceremony. Whether you decide to purchase a structure or build from scratch, you can embellish it according to your personal style with flowers, fabric and seasonal elements like pinecones or faux evergreen.

7. Put your records on

DJs help get the party started, but so can a classic record player. Secondhand records are a great way to find classic hits that will spin all night. You'll save money on hiring a professional and have full control over what song comes on next. If you want to take a more modern approach, create a curated playlist with your streaming service. No matter what route you take, find a trusted friend to act as your master of ceremonies to keep speeches, first dances and cake cutting on track.

Preparing for the big day and your financial future

Thrifting your wedding day details provides a variety of opportunities to add personality and style to your event, and can help you throw the party of a lifetime on your budget . Enjoy wedded bliss knowing you and your beloved can walk into a bright financial future together.

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