Save Money with These 5 Wedding Supplies Online

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A lot of your wedding planning does have to happen in person. You have to try on and buy your dress in person (though some people do buy their wedding dresses online), you have to taste and choose a cake and catering in person (unless you have decided to do those things yourself), and you have to pick out your venue by visiting and touring the available spaces near you. Many brides can get caught up in wedding planning and will start to believe that they have to buy everything in person.

That just isn’t true. Buying some of your wedding supplies online can not only save you time, it can save you a lot of money. You won’t have to buy gas in order to drive to a party supply store in order to pick up the supplies you need (which they might not even have in store) and you will usually get a better price when shopping online anyway.

If you are a bride or a groom who is currently in the midst of wedding planning—do not fret. There are plenty of wedding supplies that you can buy easily online.  Here are just five of the things that you can save money on when you buy wedding supplies online.

1.    Cutlery – No matter what size of wedding you are having, cutlery is going to be one of your biggest expenses. Why? Because you need a lot of cutlery. Even if you are setting out individual place settings, people are going to push their spoons onto the ground and drop their forks or set them down and leave them somewhere and need a new one. If you are having a buffet, most people will pick up new cutlery every time they go back for another plate of food. Is this a bad thing? No, but it means that if you are trying to purchase enough real metal cutlery for your wedding, you are going to be facing a serious trial. Plastic cutlery, luckily, can look just as classy as metal utensils, and they are far, far less expensive. You can buy a 48 ct. of black plastic forks on our website for less than five dollars. That means that even if you are inviting two hundred people to your wedding, you can get all the forks you need to serve them food for less than $50. That simply isn’t going to happen when you try to buy real utensils.

2.    Plates and Cups – Don’t think you can find beautiful plastic or paper plates for your wedding? You’re just plain wrong. There are so many different varieties of plastic and paper plates, that finding one that matches the theme of your wedding and your colors is simple. Plates and cups are two of the best things to buy as wedding supplies online. Not only can you get exactly however many you need, you can get them delivered right to your door, which means you don’t have to worry about going to pick them up or the store not having enough of the color or colors that you want to use at your wedding. We even have plate and cup sets that ensure that you get all of the plates and cups you need in the same color, no matter what color that is.

3.    Decorations – Getting enough decorations to fill your space at a low enough price to not break your budget might sound impossible, especially if the only way you have been shopping for wedding decorations is to drive around to different party supply and craft stores. Buying these wedding supplies online is a much, much better way to get exactly what you want, at a discounted price. Whether you need fluffy paper hanging decorations like these or a “Just Married” sign for your car, or any number of other decorations, like confetti, balloons, and even centerpieces, it’s time to stop looking in stores and time to start looking online. Buy your decorations enough ahead of time that you can pick up more if you need to or so that they have time to ship to your home.

4.    Favors – Are you having trouble picking out favors for your guests? Are you planning on having so many guests that buying favors for all of them is going to seriously break your bank account? Why not turn to the internet? You can actually buy favors for your guests in bulk online and have them shipped to your door so you don’t even have to leave home in order to get what you want and what you need. Candles are a great choice, since everyone loves a candle! You can buy them for much less online than what you would pay if you had to buy them in store, and you can actually get them in the quantity that you need!

5.    Flowers – Fresh flowers are nice for a wedding, but especially for a fall or winter wedding, finding the right fresh flowers can be difficult and expensive. A florist may be able to get you want you want, but it will probably be at a high cost and the flowers are not guaranteed to actually be fresh. Instead of going with fresh flowers, why not try faux flowers. These are a great alternative to real flowers, and premade arrangements like this are perfect for fall weddings. They are all far less than you would have to pay for similar arrangements made out of fresh flowers!

8 Ways to Use Discount Wedding Supplies for a Classy Wedding

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You want to throw a classy wedding. You may think that that precludes you from buying discount wedding supplies, but the opposite is actually true. Especially if you are on a budget, buying discount wedding supplies can be a great way to make your wedding feel and look classy, without having to spend thousands just on the decorations and supplies. Here are eight way you can use discount wedding supplies for a classy wedding:

1.    Paper Napkins – Shouldn’t a classy wedding have cloth napkins? Some will say yes, but the truth is that the right paper napkins can look and feel just as classy as any other type of napkin. Especially if they match the color and style of the rest of your wedding, no one is going to notice that you are using paper napkins, instead of cloth napkins. Finding the right napkins doesn’t have to be difficult. Look for a pattern that complements the theme of the wedding and a color that matches your wedding colors. If you can’t find a color that matches exactly, black and white or gold or silver are always great options.

2.    Plastic Charger Plates – If you are planning a classy wedding, you are probably planning on having real china for your tables. Full place settings for all of your guests can be extremely expensive. A great way to cut down on the cost of these settings and still provide a high-class experience is with plastic charger plates. They are stylish enough to mesh with just about any china choice and provide a great backdrop for that china, but they cost significantly less than normal charger plates. And because they are not the plates that your guests will actually be eating off of, no one will mind.

3.    Latex Balloons – Balloons can be a great way to decorate your venue, especially if you have a large venue with a lot of space to fill. Get latex balloons in your wedding colors, or as close to your wedding colors as you can find and you will love how stylish your venue looks. If you can’t find balloons that match your wedding colors exactly, black balloons are always a great alternative. They look sophisticated, and whether you fill them with air or with helium, they are great for covering walls and filling up high-ceilinged venues.

4.    Confetti – If you want a great way to make your wedding look sophisticated, sparkly confetti on the tables is an excellent option. Because confetti, even sparkly confetti, is so inexpensive, and the task of strewing it across the tables is so easy, this is one of the best ways to really spice up your wedding decorations, without having to spend that much money or put that much effort into the task. You can almost always find lots of different colors of confetti online and in our online party supply store.

5.    Ribbon – If you are looking for an easy way to class just about anything up, ribbon is a great option. It can make floral centerpieces look high class, can be tied around the back of chairs to make them look fancier, and can even be used to tie together utensils on top of your place settings for an interesting and beautiful touch. Choose a color of ribbon that meshes well with your wedding and then use it to adorn anything that needs just a little bit more class. If you choose a wired variety, it can be easily shaped into perfect little bows!

6.    Hanging Decorations – There are a wide variety of hanging decorations available on the market today. Available in a wide variety of colors and in a wide variety of styles, these can be a very inexpensive way to add some beauty and some class to your wedding’s venue. Fluffy paper decorations like these are a great way to make a venue look thoroughly decorated, even if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on decorations. There are also hanging lanterns varieties in many different colors that can have the same effect.

7.    High Quality Plastic Products – While there is something very high class about having real glass cups at your wedding, if you want to save money and still create a very fancy vibe, there are high quality plastic cups that you can buy. They have all of the classiness of real glass, without the expense and without the cleanup required to wash all of those glasses. Cups like these, that have a silver rim around the top, look very high-class, but are very inexpensive, especially when compared to the cost of buying real glasses for everyone, are a great option. Plastic forks, knives, and spoons can also be a low-cost but high-impact option for any wedding.

8.    Paper Table Runners – One of the biggest obstacles brides and grooms run into is figuring out how to decorate their tables inexpensively. A large wedding will inevitably require a large amount of tables. While you might spring for centerpieces for each table, consider paring down some of the decorations or opting for discount wedding supplies like paper table runners, instead of fabric ones. These can provide the same impact on your guests, at a much lower cost.

You don’t have to spend a fortune in order to plan a classy wedding! Use these tips to find discount wedding supplies that still look and feel classy!

7 Brilliant DIY Wedding Planning Tips

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DIY wedding planning doesn’t have to be difficult and it can save you a lot of money in the grand scheme of your wedding. Whether you are DIY-ing everything or just some parts of your wedding, here are seven awesome DIY wedding planning tips that are sure to inspire you:

1. Pick an unconventional location.

Picking a location that is off the beaten path can make your wedding a lot easier and a lot cheaper. While getting married in a national park might not be the right option for every bride and groom, those that want a beautiful natural space will revel in the ability to get married in a national park, and usually for free. Most national parks do require permits in order to hold events, but they are almost always free of charge, which makes them a great option for the bride who is both planning the entire ceremony herself and trying to stick to a budget. It’s hard to deny that a beautiful, flowy white dress will look crisp and beautiful against the backdrop of natural greens and browns.

2. Decorate your chairs.

Decorations on your chairs are a great way to round out your venue’s decoration, at a low cost, and without too much work. This is something your bridesmaids can be doing while the bride is getting into her dress. Tying lengths of ribbon around the backs of chairs, as long as those ribbons mirror the wedding colors, will ensure that even the chairs are on theme and they look great. Even just tying a loop around the top of the back of the chair and letting the ends of the ribbon flutter in the breeze can create an ethereal, unreal effect.

3. Make yourself a schedule.

For wedding planners taking the DIY route, you need to make yourself a schedule. Start from your wedding date and work backwards, giving yourself deadlines for the DIY projects you’ve taken on. If you don’t meet that deadline, it’s time to either scratch the project and get professional help or modify the project so that it can be done in time for the wedding. Too many brides and grooms try to take on too much as they are planning their weddings and end up tired and frustrated by the time the wedding day actually arrives. That’s not a good way to start a marriage. Be reasonable about how much time your projects are going to take and then stick to the schedule you’ve made for yourself.

4. Do your own makeup.

This might sound daunting—on the biggest day of your life, but with the abundance of YouTube tutorials and how-tos online, it seems a little silly to pay someone to do your wedding makeup, especially if you don’t want anything fancy or you are trying to save a little money. A makeup artist can run you hundreds of dollars and if you are running late on the day of your wedding, he or she may also charge you extra for making him or her wait. Doing your own makeup doesn’t have to be daunting. Look online for makeup that you like and then try out a couple of different looks before the big day so you can pick one that you can do with confidence on the day of. Alternatively, draft a bridesmaid who is especially skilled with a makeup brush to try out a couple of looks on you and then give her the task of doing your makeup day-of. Make sure to do a picture test of the makeup, too!

5. Make your own invitations.

With the wide variety of printable invitations available online, including custom-made ones you can order from websites like Etsy, why would you bother having custom-designed, printed, and embossed invitations, save the days, or programs made at a stationary story. This is going to be extremely expensive and you may still not actually get what you want at the end of the day. You can have some designed specifically for you and your wedding, and you don’t have to pay the high prices of printing! Many times, the designer or website will even tell you want type of paper to use so you can print the invites out on your own printer. Pick standard-sized invites, so you won’t have to pay extra to mail them!

6. Keep a checklist.

Planning a wedding requires a lot of things to fall into place at the right time. A schedule can be helpful when planning the actual planning and work of your wedding, but a checklist may be the only way to actually encourage yourself to get what you need to do done and to make sure that nothing is falling through the cracks. This is probably going to end up being a long list of things that you need to get done, but carrying around a long checklist that ensures you order your cake on the right date is much better than forgetting to order your cake until three days before.

7. Don’t be afraid to hire help.

Just because you are planning your wedding yourself doesn’t mean that you have to do everything yourself. In fact, there are going to be some tasks that are simply going to be beyond you. If the idea of making enough food to feed 140 people sounds ridiculous, hire a caterer. If you’re not sure how to even begin setting up a sound system, hire a DJ. This wedding may be do-it-yourself, but that doesn’t actually mean you have to be your own flower arranger, decorator, caterer, baker, and DJ.