If you are thinking about tying the knot—congratulations on taking a step toward this special milestone! But before saying “I do,” it’s important to consider how much you can afford to spend on your wedding. Weddings are wonderful occasions but there is no denying that they can be expensive affairs. The costs for the venue, catering, attire, photography, jewelry, entertainment and other typical wedding essentials can really add up. While expenses may vary, according to CostofWedding.com, the average cost for a wedding in the United States is $26,444—and that doesn’t include the honeymoon!
With smart shopping and careful planning though, it is possible to have your dream wedding while staying within your budget. As a starting point, use a wedding budget worksheet to break down all the possible wedding expenses you may have.
Once you have a better idea of what you can manage, you can begin looking for ways to stretch your budget. One simple strategy is to always take advantage of military discounts. To help you find these discounts, Omni Financial has put together a series of articles that list many of the wedding-related savings that are available to military brides- and grooms-to-be.
Are you ready to pop the question? This first blog in our series lists some retailers that offer military discounts for engagement and wedding rings.
Are you a bride in search of the perfect dress? This article also includes retailers and organizations that offer military brides discounted—or FREE—wedding gowns! Take advantage of these special savings and walk down the aisle looking beautiful while saving a bundle.
All offers require proof of military service. Visit websites for discount details, qualifications, and exclusions.
Engagement Ring Military Discounts
JeenJewels offers a 5% military discount on engagement rings and wedding ring sets. Order online or over the phone.
Up to $400 off any engagement ring
Military families can print out this page to save up to $400 on a purchase of any qualifying product, which includes engagement rings and wedding bands. Bring the coupon to any Robbins Brothers location.
Military members can receive a 10% discount on engagement rings and wedding bands. Visit the website to get an instant coupon code.
Active U.S. military service men and women are eligible to receive a 5% discount on all of Zoara’s fine jewelry.
Military Discounts for Wedding Gowns
San Antonio, TX
5% discount off total purchase
Bridal Galleria, located near the San Antonio military bases, offers eligible brides a 5% discount off the total purchase.
Brides Across America
Participating bridal salons
Every July and November, the Brides Across America organization holds wedding gown giveaway events that give over 2,000 dresses to military brides. The events take place at bridal salons across the country. Pre-registration is required and there is a $20 fee. Visit the website to learn more about upcoming events and to find out if you meet the qualification requirements.
Larenas offers female service members, or those who are marrying a service member, a 10% discount on bridal gowns.