Shopping for your wedding can be a lot of fun, but it also means you’ll be going to a whole lot of different stores. Some things on your shopping list will come to mind immediately such as your wedding dress and your rings, but there are a lot of other things that you’ll need to get to pull of the wedding of your dreams. If you trust in only the bridal shops, chances are you’ll need to take out a second mortgage on your home before you’d be able to pay for everything. Instead, you can shop intelligently so you can save money and keep on budget. Here are some budget wedding supply shopping tips to help you stretch your money as far as possible while putting together your dream wedding.
The first thing you’ll need to do is make a list of basic supplies that you’ll need. This includes things like plates, cups, napkins, and flatware. For most weddings, the reception venue will be providing most of the basic supplies for you, but if you’re doing your reception on your own to save money you may have to come up with these things out of your own budget. The best place to get these types of supplies in bulk is membership shopping clubs like Costco or Sam’s Club. You can buy them in massive bulk and save money because of the quantity you’re getting. If you don’t have a membership already to one of these places, you can ask your friends because one of them likely will.
Decorations are a very important part of your wedding scheme, and even high end reception venues usually need at least a few decorations. You’ll need balloons, ribbons, flowers, banners, and even tablecloths at some venues. If you’re looking to keep things cheap so you can stay on budget, consider going to party stores right after a major holiday. Party stores are usually willing to clear out their leftover inventory for pretty cheap, so you can get everything you need for a great price. The holidays to target for wedding supplies are Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Mother’s Day from my experience, but you can find good deals after any holiday; especially if you are planning a very colorful wedding theme.
Wedding favors are a great way to show appreciation to your guests for coming to your wedding by giving them a small trinket or keepsake of their very own. However, there are many wedding favor options out there that are very expensive; especially if you have to buy for 250 guests! Instead of going for engrave bottle openers or something else expensive; consider one of the many cheaper options that will do the job just as well. Place some hard candy in little baggies on each table for your guests to enjoy either during the reception or at home afterwards. Place some wedding sparklers on each table so your guests can participate in your send-off line. Any small item that can be used during the wedding will suffice, and your guests will love them no matter what you choose.
Bridal Party Gifts
Lastly, it is tradition to get your bridal party members a gift to say “thank you” for all the help they provided to make your special day a reality. Weddings are a lot of work, as you obviously know by this point, and your bridal party should have played a key role in making it all possible. If you have any room left in your wedding budget, this would be the best place to use it. However, if you’re running low on cash, consider writing them each a poem or sappy letter to have framed and wrapped as their present. It may not be expensive, but is you’re trying to keep your wedding on budget you can’t go wrong with a gift from the heart.