Post # 1
What did you buy early on that was a really good investment?
For me it was my smartphone, it was the best wedding planning tool, since it let me access my budget spreadsheet, all my planning info, and the navigation helped me find vendors.(without it I could still be lost in Portland!)
I was also really glad I invested in Emily Post’s etiquette book, it really helped with addressing invitations correctly!
Lastly my cuddlebug- I wound up making a lot of things, and the gift tag die was the very best. I’m glad I bought it early in the process, because I made a lot of things for the wedding with it!
What was the best thing YOU INVESTED IN?
Post # 3
I already had the 20 lb Etiquette book which would have been a good investment. I would say early on if you don’t have Microsoft Office, buy it b/c you will need Excel. And for the seating chart, paper plates and post-it’s so you can move people around constantly as they are on/off the list.
Post # 4
I don’t know if this is really an INVESTment, but I decided my colors and theme early and shopped a LOT of clearance and sale racks to save cash. Almost all of my decor was 40% or better. This really helped me save money!
Post # 5
We booked our videographer, our caterer, and our venue more than a year in advance, and all three were phenomenal and absolutely made our wedding day. None of the above were cheap, so I’d call them investments for sure!
As far as actual objects go, it’s silly in retrospect that we ever hesitated to purchase our paper-cutter, but we used that thing a million billion times over.
If I could do it again, I’d buy a frikking PRINTER early on. We still don’t own one, and spent way too much time printing things at FedEx Office!
Post # 6
Hair flower for 2 euro in Primark! Delighted. Def have to get a good printer and paper cutter, though…
Post # 7
Oh, my Fiskars paper cutter is probably my best investment as far as paper goes!
Post # 8
Oooh a cuddlebug! I’m absolutely in love with my Cricut and I’d love to know what you did with it for your wedding.
Post # 9
My dress! I bought it after being engaged for only 2 weeks (roughly 16 months before my wedding). It was a steal at $200 from a Priscilla of Boston sample sale.
Post # 10
We got our 120″ round white tablecloths, 70 floating candles, cake-cutting set and 3 large glass vases for $200 from a new bride. We were checking out a venue a few months before we got engaged for my cousin who is getting married Saturday. While there, the girl who gave us a tour told us she was getting married in a few months and had some things she would probably want to sell. Well we thought nothing about it b/c I knew my cousin wasn’t going to be interested. Well a day after we got engaged I called her job and hunted her down to see what she had and if she was still interested in selling. She was and gave us that great deal!
Post # 11
Our paper! We DIY’d all our paper products and having bought lots of the cardstock, envelopes and lots of cartridges of ink in advance meant we didn’t have to keep running to the store whenever we ran out.
Post # 12
Best early purchase had to be all my bridal magazines! i was a bad bee and was buying them before we were even engaged, so i had a good idea of what i wanted in terms of look and design.
Also i knew i wanted red shoes for my wedding and bought them once again, before we were even engaged. i bought them during the christmas holiday season at 40% off so that was a good call.
Post # 13
I have to agree with a lot of things on this list
- Smart Phone – I told all vendors I only could communicate via email. If they couldn’t accomodate, they couldn’t be my vendor!
- Paper Cutter – Helped a ton with making my invitations
- Deciding on a ROUGH theme and colors early on, I too was able to start shopping early. I got 12 small lanterns early on for $60 and could not think of where to put them/how to use them. 3 days before the wedding, we changed plans to have a head table and viola, head table decorations were ready to go!!
Post # 14
@caszos: what kind of smartphone do you uuse? I have a G1 (slightly outdated now) and I LOVE it.