Three Easy Ways to Earn Money Back at Your Wedding

It’s easy to rack up the dollar signs when it comes to paying for a wedding, but it’s an investment that returns in love, memories and, duh, a life with your favorite person no matter how much you spend. Most couples look for smart ways to pinch a few pennies along the way, but the need to spend and save wisely doesn’t end at “I do!” Selling or renting your used wedding items are well known and loved ways to make back a few bucks, but it can be a daunting task. Many couples favor rewards-generating credit cards when paying for wedding expenses, but is another credit card a responsible choice right now? For now, think about these quick and practically painless ways to enjoy a little extra bonus after the leftover cake has been eaten and the decorations have been stowed away.

Ring in some rides!

Do you have a go-to ride sharing app? Take advantage of that promo code and do your guests and yourself a favor! No one wants their loved ones driving home after too much celebratory champagne, but providing shuttles for your guest might not always be practical. Services like Lyft and Uber are especially helpful if parking around your venue is limited or for-pay, and offering your personal promo code to friends and family who don’t yet use the app gives them a free ride (or rides). Once they’ve enjoyed their trip, you get your credit which can save you some cash on your honeymoon or whenever you need someone else to do the driving. You can use your wedding website to fill in guests on how to claim their free ride, and we can help you out with custom made signage to serve as a gentle reminder at the reception.

Vouch for your vendors.

Hair styling by Vivienne Vermuth, Photo by Shaina Sheaff

Hair styling by Vivienne Vermuth, Photo by Shaina Sheaff

Weddingland is built on referrals and recommendations, so many wedding professionals offer you a little incentive for sharing the love. Did you have a makeup and hair stylist that made you feel like a queen? Was your photographer part magician when it came to capturing your special moments? Ask if they have a referral program and remember the fact that you’re helping out everyone involved when you play match-maker and refer their services.  Whether it’s a print credit from your photographer, a gift card from your caterer or a discount on future services from your beauty specialist, helping a pleasant professional earn more business while taking some of the stress out of finding that verified vendor for someone you know is a pretty great feeling on its own.

Register wisely.

I love registries because they take the guesswork out of gift giving. When it comes to weddings, many guests will feel the same. Even if you feel like you’re set with all of the towels and dishes you’ll ever need, you can take advantage of some of the benefits certain stores offer just for setting up a registry. Retailers like Target and Crate&Barrel have special gifts for couples who sign up. You can also play the long game and look for department stores like Dillard’s and Macy’s that offer completion coupons good for 10, 15, even 20% off items remaining on your registry after the wedding. This goes a long way with those big ticket items you didn’t really expect anyone to buy!

They may not ways to recoup thousands on your wedding, but you can smile knowing you’ve helped someone out and got a little bonus wedding gift out of it! Have you found any wedding-related perks you want to share? Let us know in the comments!