Budget Bride Tip for June 17: Take a pass on gift bags

Bride and groom with pink piggy bank

We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.

Claire Zulkey and Steve Delahoyde invited a long list of out-of-town guests to their Oct. 11, 2008, wedding in Evanston, Ill.

But when those guests checked into their hotel, there were no gift bags waiting for them.

Claire, a writer, and her fiancé, Steve, a filmmaker, decided not to make them.

The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company, doesn’t track the cost of those bags, but you've probably seen them if you've gone to a wedding.

They typically include travel-size items like Advil and hand lotion, snacks and a map to the city.

But some brides create more elaborate gift bags by filling high-quality canvas totes with tour books and fancy chocolates.

"From the perspective of a wedding guest, those things are rarely enjoyed as much as the work and cost that goes into them," Claire says.

"Is your wedding experience that much worse if you don't get a free cookie and tote bag and local city guide, which you probably won't have that much time to use anyway?"

The couple, who were 29 when they wed and are 33 now, figure they saved $100 to $200 by taking a pass on gift bags.

Nor did they have to worry about making and distributing the bags in the hectic days and weeks leading up to the wedding.

"I think we just saved a lot of time, which is almost more important," Claire says.

We can't show you the gift bags Claire and Steve didn't make. But here is the couple right after their marriage ...

This is Claire and Steve at the reception with their wedding cake ...

Here are the other "Budget Bride" tips we've published so far:

Budget Bride Tip for June 1: Throw a potluck dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 2: Say 'yes' to an affordable dress

Budget Bride Tip for June 3: Bake your own wedding cake

Budget Bride Tip for June 4: Put dad to work

Budget Bride Tip for June 5: Turn your reception into a barbecue

Budget Bride Tip for June 6: Take the ceremony to the beach

Budget Bride Tip for June 7: Cupcakes make tasty wedding favors

Budget Bride Tip for June 8: Hold down the guest list

Budget Bride Tip for June 9: Feed your guests wedding cake from Costco

Budget Bride Tip for June 10: Decorate your reception with Craigslist

Budget Bride Tip for June 11: Buy dishes for the wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 12: Go with a lunch instead of a wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 13: Buy your wedding veil online

Budget Bride Tip for June 14: Rent a summer camp for your reception

Budget Bride Tip for June 15: Hire a friend to make your wedding gown

Budget Bride Tip for June 16: Tie the knot on a Sunday

Thanks to Belen Aquino of Gerber Scarpelli for sharing these photos.