If you're currently planning your wedding, or hell - any glamorous event it's far too easy to max out your budget and FAST. Before you rack up a massive bill (that becomes a second house payment), read THIS.
Let's be real, the world of online shopping for anything can be a tad overwhelming, let alone wedding details. Whether it's one off boutiques, big known players (like etsy or amazon) or foreign websites that offer insane deals - it's hard to know who to trust. These are a few of the thoughts that run through my head while scrolling through any online store:
When it comes to something as important as your wedding day, you want that perfect combo of value and quality. Tonight, I am going to share some of my shopping secrets that have saved me literally HUNDREDS of dollars on our upcoming August wedding. Enjoy!
Shop Reliable Websites
This seems basic, but it's the first step to ensuring you get quality products that actually arrive as described. Always ENSURE whatever website you're shopping has the 'lock' symbol next to the site name.. This indicates it is a SECURE site and is especially important when entering your CC info.
My favorite wedding goodies typically come from these websites...
AFLORAL - Go to for: Vases, chargers, silk flowers, trays, ceramics and great DIY tutorials. HOLLA.
AMAZON- Go to for: Literally anything. Menswear, silverware, banners, napkins, frames, chargers, lanterns, ties, suspenders and table runners. It's reliable and super secure, especially if you use PayPal. Using their service, Amazon Prime (Only $79 bucks a year) with ensure your items get delivered in only a day or two (FO FREE). Basically, this what dreams are made of.
THE BOUTS - Go to for: Eco-friendly flowers, delivered to your doorstep. It's a win-win if you decided you'd like to DIY your our bouquets or boutonnieres.
AISLE ALWAYS LOVE - Go to for: Bridesmaid and groomsman gifts. My favorite item they sell? Bridesmaid-proposal wine bottle labels. Cheers, ladies.
ALIEXPRESS - Go to for: Silk flowers, paper straw, picture frames, picture stands, and pom poms, and bridesmaid dresses! It's essentially a bizarre (and crazy cheap) foreign version of eBay. You can buy new items from a variety of vendors but be cautious. Look at venture's number of customers purchased, overall ranking, and reviews before you buy. Expect 15-45 days from order to delivery.
MINTED - Go to for: Gorgeous stationary, paper products and unique home decor. The site matches you with artists from all over the world. Every little detail is handled perfectly, and they will even PRE ADDRESS your save the dates or invites for you! WHAAAA.
ETSY - Go to for: Handmade items including jewelry (mens and womens), bouquets, boutonnieres, paper goods, home decor, and small gifts.
Double check sizing, then check it again. Andddd one more time.
This is one of THE most difficult parts about shopping online. Specifically if you're ordering from shops out of the country, or shopping for someone else! Is your third groomsmen a large or husky?! idk. When I find what I'm looking for, I don't even add it to my shopping cart before referring to a few things...
Shoot for the Stars
If an item has 5 stars, but only two people who've purchased it - hold up. Try to find the same item or similar one that has more customer reviews and purchases. If you can find the item with 167 reviews of 4 or 5 stars chances are it's a good product. This is what I did when recently buying suspenders and bowties for our groomsmen. There were SO many options out there, but this set had the most reviews and the highest star ranking. #winwin
Color Coordinating 101
Matching colors online can be a major point of stress for some brides. If you already have a table cloth that is burgundy and then need to find florals, and accessories that match perfectly - you're in for a challenge. Instead of fretting over identical fabrics and hues, look for coordinating. Remember, not every red or blue item at your wedding will be sitting right next to one another. As long as the colors are in the same family - the overall affect will be lovely.
Slow Your Roll
My number one piece of advice for online wedding shopping is DON'T BUY TOO EARLY. Since I had nearly two years to plan I've learned the hard way (gulp). As your day approaches your opinions and must haves will evolve. If you buy everything 14 months out, it may be hard or impossible to return online purchases. Most items bought online will arrive far before your actual wedding day, so look around A LOT, before pulling the trigger. Try saving items in your shopping cart. If you go back in two or three months and still love it - buy it!