Here's How to Get a Tax Break on Wedding Expenses—Seriously!

Consider your tax return your official honeymoon fund


A post-wedding tax break can come from more than just how you and your partner decide to file every April. It turns out, some of the purchases you’re making for your wedding day can be tax-deductible, too. Here are the big-ticket items to look out for.

Your Venue

If you’re getting married at a church, museum, or state-owned venue (think a national park or a historic home), your site fee may qualify as a donation instead of a rental fee. Check with the venue manager to see what their status is, and make sure to get a receipt specifying exactly how much you’ve donated to include when you submit your taxes.

Your Flowers

Can’t stand the idea of tossing those blooms in the trash when the day is over? Get in touch with a local hospital or retirement home to see if you can drop off your centerpieces the next day. You’ll help brighten up their space, and you’ll be able to write off the value of what you’ve shared.


Connect with a food pantry in your area to see if they accept donations of caterer-prepared food that’s left at the end of the night. You’ll want to coordinate this with your caterer in advance: They’ll need to pack things up so you can transport the food, and the pantry or shelter you’re working with may have specifications about how the food is packaged and delivered.

Extra Décor

What’s a bride to do with hundreds of votive holders or 150 ecru napkins? This is where a resale store like the Salvation Army or Goodwill comes in. Drop off the items you’d like to donate, and make sure to get a receipt for what you give!

Dresses and Suits

Yup, your wedding gown and your groom’s suit (plus the wedding party’s attire) might give you a tax break. There are nonprofit organizations geared specifically toward donating gently used wedding gowns, and those bridesmaids’ dresses would be perfect for sending a teen girl to prom. Same goes for the suits, which could also be donated to an organization that helps prepare men for job interviews.

Your Registry

Uncomfortable with the idea of filling your home with more gadgets and gear you just don’t need? Consider skipping the registry or complementing it with a registry of charitable donations, asking your guests to give to your favorite cause instead. Not a tax break for you, per se, but your guests will be able to get a little bit of a write-off, too, while supporting a good cause.

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