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Free Wedding? Yes Please!

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Free Wedding? Yes please!

In a recent press release, popular wedding site The Knot cited statistics indicating that the average cost of US weddings reached a new high at $35,329, up from previous years but catering to significantly less people. As time passes, this number continues to rise, so it’s not surprising to note a rising interest in a free wedding.

Because, what’s better than free? And when we say free, we’re not talking about parents covering all of the costs of the wedding. We mean really free. Here are some ways you can score a free wedding:

Book your stay or honeymoon at a qualifying resort. Caribbean-based luxury resort Sandals offers a free wedding package to guests who book a minimum 3-night stay. The wedding package offered includes everything you could think of, like a personal wedding planning team, stunning ceremony venue, bridal bouquet and boutonnière, cocktail reception and a wedding cake, just to name a few. The list goes on, and the perks increase the longer you stay and if your guests book in excess of 5 rooms. While you’re free to add to the base package offered, nothing beats not having to pay for what Sandals is offering.

Find and enter a free wedding contest or giveaway. For decades, the Today Show on the NBC Network has been giving away weddings to one lucky couple annually. Contest rules require that applicants submit a 60 second video sharing your love story and the network selects the winning couple from the entries received. Viewers at home vote on everything for the winning couple, from the cake and the ring to the dress and the honeymoon, and so much more.

Barter or trade vendor services for publicity. While this is the least popular option, it still exists if you have services that you are able to barter in exchange for vendor services. Given the size of your vendor, they may be willing to consider an exchange of services, free of charge, with the understanding that they will receive publicity for the services offered (in the form of digital or print media in the wedding program and on social networks or logo/signage displayed at the wedding ceremony and/or reception).

While these wedding packages are being offered free of charge, make sure you take the time to understand the details of the each promotional package offering before getting too excited.

Happy planning!

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