Post # 1
Hi, bees! I’m 1 year and 5 months out from our September 2015 wedding date, so I know there’s plenty of time to figure out details. But I just wanted to see if any of you have suggestions on the best time of year to buy different wedding-related items. This could include anything – wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, fabric for articifial flowers, decorations for the reception hall, etc. Weddings are of course year round, but does anyone know of a “best time” to buy certain items?
This might be too broad of a question, but I thought I’d give it a shot. I’d be happy to hear any and all suggestions. Thanks!
Just a note, at this point we have the church and reception halls booked, and I’m working on a photographer. So thoughts on “best times” (outside of the normal wedding planning timelines) to buy/book any other items/services would be appreciated.
Post # 2
bridetobe24: I had a long engagement and we found that if you want to buy lanterns as decor look in stores around and after November. We got a TON of beautiful lanterns for our aisle on clearance at Wegmans for like $4 for little ones and $9 for the huge ones. They are way more online and we had decided against them until we found these. Also, Goodwill/Savers, etc. for candy bar dishes works great.
Post # 3
If you’re going with a seasonal theme or decor, the best time to buy is right after the season the year before. My wedding is in September, and there were some awesome fall-related things on clearance last year in October/November when the stores were switching over to holiday stuff. I also got some good black friday scores last year – AC Moore had a 40% off everything deal going.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center
I second the seasonal theme look out. Michaels always has a couple of those middle-in-the-aisle shelf things covered with that holiday or season, and then when they change over after, the stuff goes to like 60% off so I would keep that in mind.
Post # 5
Since you have a year and a half (ish) you have a TON of time to watch the craft store ads etc… It really depends on what your theme/feel is and the things you need. I believe that black friday/nov, dec ish is the best time to buy a dress and get a sale. If you’re wanting to buy chargers, also the christmas clearance. This september will be a perfect time to get clearanced boxes of DIY printable invites, and other craft store wedding decor (after wedding season is over) etc…
Post # 6
bridetobe24: For dresses, if you are willing to go digging for sales off the wrack dresses, look for when the line that you are after turns over for the new year. This is normally January/December depending on the line. You can find sample dresses on deep discount because they won’t be able to order a new dress in that style.
Post # 7
I wanted to add (wn’t let me edit my post). The BAD thing about having so much time and deal shopping, is that you get to go through all four seasons of clearance and it’s really easy to start buying things beacuse they are a great deal, just to realize when you get closer that what you bought doesn’t really go with what you want to do. The more nailing down of your theme or feel and what you want you can do before doing any shopping the better.
Post # 8
Wow, thanks for all of your great responses! Definitely some good ideas to think about, especially looking for seasonal clearance items at the craft stores. My colors are going to be maroon and silver, so I’m thinking maybe after Christmas there could be more crafty things around in those colors. Also good to remember to only buy what I’m really sure I’ll use, since I have all this time to look!
As for the dress, I really think I’ll be shopping for it sometime this summer, because if I can’t find exactly what I want I’ll be having it made by my aunt who is a seamstress and I’d want to give her plenty of time. I wonder if that same idea applies to bridesmaid dresses? Because that would be a good time to order those, I think.
Thanks again for the great ideas, bees!
Post # 9
I am so glad you did this post. I too am a Sept. 2015 bride & on a tight budget. So I need to take advatage of all the deals I can. Good luck to you & happy shopping.
Post # 10
MsJ2theZ: I completely agree! I’m having a Sept 2014 wedding. I bought lots last year when I got engaged in July and now I’m finding I don’t want to use 1/2 of it. Slowly I’ve been reselling things on usedsites, etc.
bridetobe24: Yes, your question is kinda broad. It really depends on what your looking for! For me, I wanted recycled items, some old and some modern. I’ve been hitting up thrift stores and garage sales and looking on local used sites for other’s wedding decor. I found a ton of things in the late summer/early fall and not much over winter as its low wedding season and many brides aren’t selling their decor, etc.
Post # 11
bridetobe24: Really the end of any season things are on sale!
To be more specific: Got my wedding dress at a sample sale a few days after Christmas and my friend got hers on black friday. Both times are great for a sale- however after Christmas the wedding stores are completely empty. Had the place to myself the ENTIRE TIME. And it was nice that family was in town who could go with me.
For invitations, Invitations by Dawn has great sales in the fall and in March, I believe. like 30% off your whole order sales. Huge savings! And they have free samples (you can get up to 8 free) so you can figure out if they have what you want.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2014 - Stevens Estate
bridetobe24: As far as bargains go ….just shop around and compare pricing ..that’s what I did. Also if you are looking to save money do something yourself like invites, favors, decorations, ect. The only advice I have though is don’t wait on certain vendors like photographers. I waited with still 9 months to go till wedding day and all my choices were taken! I had to settle for someone I wasn’t crazy about. I’m getting married in 5 months so we’ll see how it goes. If a certain vendor is important to you snatch it up! Good luck and congrats!
Post # 13
Similar advice to comments above. Craft stores like Michaels and Joanns have coupons all the time and are great for purchasing wedding items. Joanns has a huge sale on their wedding aisle (like 50% off) at least once a year. If I remember correctly, I caught it at around this time. I got 100 invitations and extra inserts for 60 bucks, and they are gorgeous (they just went out and tons of people have been calling me to say how gorgeous they are- definitely a huge win on saving money). We also got a bunch of other little things on sale that way- a guest album, supplies to make ribbon wands, thank you cards.
Also, if you book something early enough some vendors are willing to offer you a discount or lock in the current price.
Also, if there is a place near you that carries Illusion Bridal- look into that. They are a bridal veil and accessory company (they have a website with all their products), and even do custom veils and it is way way reasonable. I got my veil for 30 dollars and it is gorgeous with really high quality material.
Also look into Oriental Trading Company- the quality of the products aren’t amazing, but it is good for things that it doesn’t matter so much- we got escort cards there, and they have good prices on bubbles and streamers, and cute little knick knacks.
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
Our wedding is in September. I originally wanted more spring decor. But I decieded that I would use decor that was in seaon. I am doing everything fall themed. Pumpkin centerpieces, leaves down the isle, burgundy silks wrapped around the pedestals.
It was more cost effective to use what the season offered.