How to Save Big Bucks
on Your Wedding

Brides Behind the Scenes, Budget, Real Weddings

Photo Courtesy of Ashley O.

Coupons aren't just for saving money on cereal and toilet paper. Our real bride, Ashley O. from St. Louis, saved more than $2,000 using Groupon, the deal-of-the-day website that features certificates that are redeemable at local and national vendors.

Ashley—along with her fiancé, family, and friends across the country—spent 10 months collecting Groupons for wedding expenses, including adorable save-the-dates, gifts for her bridal party, and a photo-digitization service to help create a slideshow for her rehearsal dinner. She was even able to afford beauty treatments like teeth whitening and monthly facials—all on her teacher's salary. "It's all about being creative and using the deals to help you stay within budget," Ashley says.

For the newly wed on a budget, just this week the discount site hooked up with Expedia to launch Groupon Getaways. The new site will offer trips to handpicked destinations and unique activities at deep, deep discounts. The latest deals? Half-off Vegas, baby.

—Arielle Silverman, BRIDES Magazine

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