A Very Groupon Wedding

One mother-of-the-groom used group coupon sites to help pay for her son’s rehearsal dinner—and saved nearly $3,500.

By: Kim Forrest

Diane Paul used group coupon sites to save money on her dress, headband, and many other wedding-related products and services. Photograph courtesy of Diane Paul

Before her son Evan got engaged, Diane Paul of Rockville used group coupon sites like Groupon and Living Social once in a while. But when she was tasked with planning the rehearsal dinner for Evan and her future daughter-in-law, Dani, she decided to take it to the next level.

For the year leading up to Evan and Dani’s Middleburg, Virginia, wedding, Paul used a variety of sites to purchase more than two dozen coupons for all sorts of items and services, from a hair appointment, spray tans, and purses to cake pops, cupcake toppers, and wine. When all was said and done, Paul had spent a total of $1,761 on products and services that would have cost $5,195—saving her $3,434.

“At the rehearsal dinner, I greeted everybody and said, ‘And now, a word from our sponsors,’” says Paul. “I then listed all of the sites I used to help pay for the wedding and expressed my appreciation for Groupon.”

And while Paul still checks those sites once in a while, “much to my husband’s delight, I’m purchasing far fewer coupons,” she says.

After the jump, we’ve got a list of what Paul purchased using group coupon sites.


Snacks for the shower and the rehearsal dinner

Custom cake pops

Cupcake toppers





Clothing and Accessories

Dress for the rehearsal dinner

Purses for Diane and Dani








Spray tan


Hair treatment

Beauty products


Gifts for the newlyweds

Hot stone massages


Canvas print of wedding photo

Catered meals

House cleaning

Inn stay for anniversary