Dollar Store Deals for Wedding Planning - Part 1
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Dollar Store Deals for Wedding Planning – Part 1

Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 3:13 pm
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Learn about easy and fun ways you can save on your wedding decorations by shopping at your local dollar store!Once you’ve found your ceremony and reception locations, you are faced with the task of transforming the space into a beautiful celebration that represents who you are as a couple. Unfortunately, many would have you believe that buying decorations for your wedding will cost a fortune, especially if you’re dealing with rental decoration companies. If you have the time, and if you’re venue location allows it, you can create or bring in your own decorations at a fraction of the cost! One great way to do this is to shop at dollar stores!

How to Save on Wedding Decorations at Dollar Stores

Dollar stores are loaded with all kinds of unexpected finds. You can usually find cleaning supplies, personal care items, canned and boxed foods, toys, arts and crafts supplies, and much, much more! If you’re willing to get your creative juices flowing and don’t mind spending a little time creating your decorations, the dollar store might be just right for you! Here are a few ideas:

Vases & Glassware

Clear, glass vases are super versatile when decorating any space. You can find them in a variety of sizes at many dollar stores. Dressing them up is pretty simple. When you’re buying your $1 vases, you should also be able to find ribbon. Decorate the outside of the vases by tying a ribbon around it. If you don’t like the look of bows on the vases, you can dress it up by adding a charm where the two ends of the ribbon meet. You can also fill the vases with just about anything you can think of: sand, pebbles, colored rocks, coffee beans, small fruits, flowers, candles, beads, etc. The possibilities are endless! (And most likely inexpensive!)

You can also dress up jars and use them in the same fashion. Turning goblet-style glasses upside-down is another way to display candles or flowers. Check out that look here!


Why spend a fortune on something that will most likely burnout during your party, or you may never see again? At dollar stores, you can find a variety of candles in many colors and sizes. Small tealights are great because they can be placed all around for a romantic glow. You can place them on top of sand, pebbles or coffee grounds inside your vases. You can also find floating candles and place them atop water filled vases with flowers submerged for a stunning centerpiece.


You definitely want to thank your guests for being a part of your special day! You can often find small favor boxes, bags, sachets, and more to fill with candy or any other small favor. You can decorate the outside with markers, ribbon or stickers to personalize them.

Talk to the manager at your dollar store and see if you are able to buy in bulk. This way, you can have the manager reserve items for you, so you’re sure there is enough of the item in question.

Dollar Store Deals for Wedding Planning – Part 2

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