How to Have a Dollar Store Wedding

Before your wedded bliss turns into a financial nightmare, corral that wedding budget with some slick purchases from your local dollar store.


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You Will Need

  • Dollar store
  • Theme
  • Time
  • Stationary
  • Laser printer
  • Creativity
  • Help
  • Calligrapher (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Tour your dollar store

    Tour your local dollar store to peruse their selection of vases, candles, lanterns, dishware, and other decorations to start forming a plan.

  2. Splurge on the important things like a dress, cake, location, and a photographer to record those important moments.

  3. Step 2

    Start planning early

    Start planning early to give yourself enough time to find everything you need. You may need to visit more than one store to find everything, but doing the legwork yourself will save even more dough.

  4. Step 3

    Pick a theme

    Pick a theme that you can pull off with dollar store decorations such as a simple black and white affair, a tropical luau, or a colorful pastel gathering.

  5. Step 4

    Create your own invitations

    Piece together your own invitations and thank-you notes using store-bought stationery. Use a laser printer and a classy font for a professional look.

  6. Ask a friend who practices calligraphy if they would write out the invitations for a reduced price.

  7. Step 5

    Get crafty

    Use glitter, markers, glass pebbles and jewels, and whatever else you can find to create stunning table centerpieces and craft the perfect atmosphere.

  8. Step 6

    Recruit help

    Recruit family and friends to place your table centerpieces, set up chairs and tables, and decorate as you prepare to take your vows and celebrate your big day.

  9. Las Vegas, the wedding capital of the world, issues over 120,000 wedding licenses a year.