Post # 1
Somehow I left these details to the very end and looking for suggestions for pretty and classy but affordable options. So please list your favorite websites/stores for:
Guestbook & pen
Escort cards/ table namecards
Sand & vase for sand ceremony
Post # 3
You can get the sand and vases for the sand ceremony at Hobby Lobby. That’s where I got mine from.
Post # 4
Most of these items you can get at Michael’s or a party store. Good luck! Also (more expensive) bridal shops will have garters, guestbooks, etc.
Michael’s has a lot of favor stuff, and everything else from your list. I don’t know about the sand though. Good luck!
Post # 5
I probably wouldn’t go to a bridal shop for the guestbook and garter, they will probably charge you too much for them.
Hobby Lobby and Micheals have similiar things so you should be able to find most of the other stuff at either store and possibly a guest book too.
Post # 6
I’m DIYing everything on your list except for the garter (also, not doing a sand ceremony).
I bought mine from: http://www.gartersbykristi.com/ She makes sports themed ones, and I had to have a Pens garter for my hockey obsessed FI!
Post # 7
theknot.com sometimes has deals for affordable favors…you may want to check there…
Post # 8
Vases are found at Walmart much cheaper than Michaels, etc. I would not suggest buying glass products online as the shipping is very expensive and there is no way to prevent them from being damaged. Walmart also has guestbooks with pens and garters in their wedding section (part of the craft section) fairly inexpensively and much cheaper than specialty wedding stores.
How important are favors to you? Unless you go with edibles, most folks will toss them out or leave them behind, which ends up being a waste of money on your part. if you are on a budget of any kind, this is the first thing you can skip and no one will miss them.
Post # 9
You could try a website such as weddingchannel.com or exclusivelyweddings.com
also, oriential trading company probably has cute & cheap options 🙂
Post # 10
Save-on-crafts.com is great for vases, candles, you name it! Costco is great for invites, I found my garter on overstock.com, my card box I got at Ross and emblessed. There’s a lot of great resources out there and some in unlikely spots!
Post # 11
If you do order online, read the fine print of the shipping charges. Many times, the shipping will amount to a higher price than the items themselves. And you can buy the same items in town much cheaper in the end.
Post # 12
I highly recommend hitting etsy for the garter…you can have it made exactly how you like it, and (unfortunately for them, fortunately for us buyers) a lot of etsy designers undercharge for their fabulous merchandise. I’m talking like $25 for an exquisite all-silk garter (I saw that but forgot to bookmark the seller, oops). And they’ll probably have it to you in max two weeks, so there’s definitely still enough time!