Post # 1
I’m curious ladies, where did you buy your wedding gear; invitations, favours, dress, accessories etc from?
I try to always buy local or at least from Australian companies but have found that when it comes to some wedding items it’s difficult to source the style I like locally or in the country.
What did you purchase and where did you purchase it from?
If you purchased anything internationally how did it go?
Post # 3
I purchased a lot of stuff online from overseas. Mostly smaller items, invitations, favours, my veil etc. Mostly because of the variety and the competitive prices. I spent $30 on an etsy veil versus hundreds for one from the bridal store.
Same story with invitations, I spent about $6.00 per invite and to get the same thing made was about $12-15 dollars here! Big ticket items like my dress, his suit etc I bought at a store in my city. 🙂
Post # 4
I’m in New Zealand, but I’ve predominantly purchased things from the US. For my dress I paid a huge amount in shipping to have it sent directly from the supplier, but for my shoes, veil and bridesmaid dresses I used the freight forwarding service Shipito.com to get them shipped at a cheaper rate. Ideally I would have preferred to shop locally, but like you I found it difficult to source what I wanted in NZ or Australia. I’ve had no problems with shopping internationally, everything has arrived in perfect condition and within a reasonable timeframe.
Post # 5
I did look online, but ended up purchasing everything locally from my city. The prices were competitive – my local stationery place was a fair bit cheaper than the ones I looked at online – and I liked being able to go and look at things before buying them. Also, Melbourne has some fairly decent bridal shopping strips like Sydney Rd, Brunswick and High Street, Armadale (which is two minutes away from my house!).
Post # 6
I bought my dress in a bridal salon but I got my shoes from Light in the Box as I didn’t want to spend too much on them. They arrived quickly and are of decent enough quality for the $60 they cost (plus $18 approx postage I think). I’m keen to get my veil online as they seem way too much money in the stores. Thinking about ordering my invites as printable pdfs from Etsy too.
Post # 7
@MaddylovesJay: Oh whoops, forgot my shoes in my initial reply! I got them from shoebuy.com. I had the WORST time trying to find shoes locally because I’m a size 11 and I’m tall so I didn’t want a huge heel. All the shoes I looked at here were too expensive and most stores didn’t even stock my size in any shoe!
Post # 8
I have bought online, mostly through etsy. A few of the suppliers ended up being Australian though, which was nice. I looked at buying locally but at twice the price I couldnt justify it
Post # 9
Dress- custom made in China because well I wasn;t going to pay the prices they wanted in Australia for the same thing.
Shoes, shrug, grooms/mens pants/shirts/shoes and Bridesmaid or Best Man dress- from local stores on sale (DFO)
Handbag and STD’s- online from USA
Post # 10
Rings form USA
favours/stationery/decor/veil – online
Dress – Online Sydney
Everything else sourced here in brissy
Post # 11
Etsy! I’m a long time lover of etsy, and often buy vintage clothing from there. I was browsing one day and saw a vintage wedding dress I HAD to have! Bought it on the spot. Also bought my shoes there. I bought swarovski earrings from an American Amazon seller via Hopshopgo cos swarovski jewelry is like double the price in Australia! I will likely buy a cardigan/shrug/bolero in a vintage store in Australia.
I heart online shopping. I do prefer to buy from Australia but what I want isn’t always available in Australia, and is often more expensive.
Post # 12
everything from the town I live in, except boquets (from UK) and some hanging lights (from ebay dont remember where though)
Post # 13
I bought my dress online via jasminebridalshop
Shoes on ebay
Bridesmaid dress via netbride as they are so expensive in Australia
Invitation, veil, coat hangers and dressing gown all on etsy
I found that prices in Australia is so expensive for everything and it was much cheaper to source everything overseas
Post # 14
I’m Chinese so I use a Chinese eBay called “Taobao” which is a big website in China. And all my wedding dresses, shoes, accessories, guest book, invitation cards, bridesmaids’ dresses, etc..all from there!
Post # 15
I’m actully staying fairly local… so far! lol
My dress is from Mariana Hardwick… I swear that place is the only salon I went to that gave me the cliche’d “movie” dress shopping experience but I promise that didn’t have sway in the decision itself! lol. I absolutely adore my dress and am really excited that it’s being made from scratch, as my body is a weird shape and it’s nice to know I won’t need to fiddle with alterations. It’s cool that they make it right there in the same building and they’ve been wonderful.
My shoes are from Shoes of Prey, a Sydney company that does custom designed shoes. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of them before I started my hunt for reeeeallly low heels. I can’t manage anything much more than a kitten heel and I have wide feet… being able to make them from scratch is awesome and again, their customer service has been exceptional.
Stationery and cake are also being done by a local Melbourne company. I haven’t dealt with the cake baker yet but the stationer is like my fairy godmother at the moment 🙂 This company will also do whatever we need for the reception (using custom wrapped chocolate bars as combination favours/place markers) and matches the cake to the stationery.
So far, I’ve loved every single one of the local companies I’ve dealt with. They’ve all been more than willing to go the extra mile to make things perfect. The little things count!