Getting married is an expensive proposition these days. Wedding supplies can be expensive if you don’t know where to look. Between the bride’s dress, the venue, catering, centerpieces, sparklers and all of the little details, many people spend $25,000 or more on their wedding.
Luckily, with a little creativity and common sense, there are many ways to cut expenses. A lot of it requires shopping around for the best prices, and occasionally, doing something yourself instead. Here are a few ideas of where you can find your wedding supplies, and often save some money at the same time.
Wholesale suppliers: Wholesale suppliers are a great way to purchase what you need for your wedding. Especially if you are having a large wedding with lots of guests, it makes sense to buy wholesale, and you can save a lot of money on wholesale prices. Wholesale is also a great option for wedding venues and wedding planners, who are buying supplies for many events instead of just one. Items like sparklers and centerpieces, as well as tablecloths and linens, can be found at discount prices.
Discount retailers: People love to save money, and as a result, there are many discount retailers where you can find much of what you need for your wedding. The stuff you find at these retailers isn’t necessarily cheap, either. Chances are it is actually very high quality. Discount retailers often purchase name brand overstock, irregular items, or last season’s stock and sell it at a discounted price.
Shop around: Don’t forget the value of shopping around! Even when you are getting your supplies from wholesalers or discount retailers, comparing prices is a good idea. Sometimes you might be able to find the same items, or something similar, for a better price from another retailer. Use shopping comparison websites, but don’t forget to do your own searches, as well, using local sources such as Craigslist and other websites, such as Etsy and eBay, where third-party sellers may offer better prices than large retailers.
Buy used: Some supplies for your wedding can be purchased used, with no one being any the wiser. For instance, linens for the tables can often be purchased used for a good price; if you rented linens, they would have been used and cleaned already, anyway, so the idea of “used” linens shouldn’t turn you off. Vases are another item that can be purchased used, often for a sizeable discount.
Do it yourself: Certain supplies for your wedding can be had for less money if you make them, or arrange for them yourself. For instance, handwriting the addresses on invitation envelopes, or printing them from your computer, can save you the money of hiring a calligrapher. With special paper and a good printer, you can also print your own invitations; wedding invitation envelopes can be purchased separately. Making your own favors, table centerpieces, place cards, and so on are other great ways to save money on your wedding.
The best way to save money on your wedding is to look for savings everywhere you can. Some things you won’t be willing to cut corners on, such as your dress and perhaps the venue, so it is important to look for the best prices in all the other departments. Wedding supplies like sparklers and centerpieces offer a lot of great ways to save money, if you are willing to do some price shopping and get creative about how you find what you need!