Brides – need your help! (Research)! What would you want in a "wedding" shop?

posted 2 years ago in Accessories
Post # 2
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

complete bridal party shirts in a flattering styles (not just your standard unisex shirts) including mothers, flowergirls, maybe even the men Id like to have them its matter if the men will do it lol…. might be out of range for what your asking but, customizable photo ablums ( you mentioned wooden signs I would love a carved wooden photo album)…. cheezy groom gifts like cutsom socks with the date or deisgn embroidered for “cold feet” or just cutesy gifts for anyone that are just for fun. … backdrops to theme …. if I think of more ill be back.. 

Post # 4
55 posts
Worker bee

I don’t think this is what you had in mind, but I was just saying the other day that I wish there was a bridal mall of sorts — somewhere where I could get it all and more importantly, compare the things I am getting.  For example, if I want flowers or jewelry that match the bridesmaids’ dresses accurately, wouldn’t it be great if I could see it all together?  Even going from one shop to the next would be fine if they are near enough that the items from the last shop are still fresh in your mind.

Short of that, I HATE bridal retail junk.  I don’t need my name printed on anything or “I do” stuck on in fake rhinestones.  To me, that’s tacky and impractical.  I know other women might like that; my point is be sure of whom you want to cater to.  If it is a practical bride, she will hate any store with too much “junk.”  If you’d like to cater to brides of different types, I might suggest keeping the store organized so that the practical section is divided from the frivolous items, in addition to organizing by the items’ use and style.

Things that I will be shopping for are bubbles, favors that don’t suck, interesting objects I can turn into center pieces, jewelry and hair things, items for a care basket to place in the bathroom at the reception, thank you cards, and supplies for making invitations.  I also may end up purchasing some cake platters, disposable cameras, board games for a lounge area at the reception, umbrellas, and a water pitcher.

Post # 6
488 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Things we’ve had trouble buying/bought online:

  • Table numbers
  • Table centers/decorations
  • Ceremony decorations
  • Garter
  • Wedding shoes (and flowergirl shoes)
  • Pageboy outfit/accessories (specifically braces and cufflinks)
  • Fun wedding attire (I’m coveting a Wifey tee!)
  • Gifts for bridesmaids and flowergirls
  • Veil

Actually, come to think of it, I’ve bought 9%% of my wedding stuff online. But the items above are the things I bought online because I couldn’t get them elsewhere (not just because they were cheaper). 

Hope that helps!

Post # 8
222 posts
Helper bee

Definitely a good range of NICE garters – not just ones that come in wrapped in plastic and look cheap. That was one thing i had to order online and it’s now ended up being slightly too small, but there’s no time to get another one!

Also cake toppers would be good!

Post # 9
1927 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Here are some more ideas (although some have been suggested already!)

Table numbers

table number holders

print-your-own labels (for favors)

flip flop baskets

out of town bags


bridal purses 

kate spade bridal accessories (loveeee them!)


Guest books and alternative guest books (frames, thumb print tree)

Card boxes

chair signs for sweetheart table


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