the 10 best shopping resources for your DIY bride

1. AMAZON
Yes, Amazon. Because you will be buying so many different things – always check Amazon first. You never know if that paper trimmer you need or the watch you wanted to give your fiancé as a wedding gift might just be a little cheaper. If you have Prime it’s even better. $99 a year for free two-day shipping on most items and so much more. Before you buy – check Amazon first just to see. Especially if you don’t need it ‘today’.

2. ETSY
The craftiest place to shop. Did you know that Etsy is the largest marketplace devoted to handmade sellers of all kinds? The items sold on Etsy actually have to be handmade, vintage or supplies for handmade – isn’t that cool? What’s terrific about Etsy is that shops that sell supplies will often make specialized listings just for you. Let’s say you were looking for 75 wooden spoons instead of 50 or 100, you can contact the seller and most times they’ll work with you. But that goes for so many different types of listings, from custom bridesmaids gowns (wedding gowns even!) bow ties, personalized jewelry, unique wedding stationary, amazing wedding decor – and loads more. Sometimes being a “DIY bride” means being smart with your time. If you want that handmade look – or something ultra personalized but don’t have time to make it; have someone on Etsy make it for you. One of my absolute favorite wedding items for sale on Etsy are inexpensive printable designs. Purchase a printable design and print on anything you want! From wedding invitations to favor tags – there are so many options. Check it out.

3. SAVE-ON-CRAFTS.COM
Think of Save-on-Crafts.com as your discount (but not lame) craft warehouse. From chandeliers and candy bar jars to tree bark, paper lanterns and loads of candle holders – they almost have too many things, and they are all at discounted prices. The amount of faux flowers is mind blowing. You’ll just have to stop by to see what I mean.

4. CUTETAPE.COM
Visit CuteTape.com for all your cutesy needs. Darling washi tapes, little patterned paper bags, adorable stamps, a rainbow of bakers twine and more. They have awesome on trend supplies that are perfect for your favors, escort cards and more.

5. INKSCISSORSPAPER.COM
Their tagline is ‘simply beautiful packaging’ and they are so right. InkScissorsPaper.com has packaging for everything! Tubes, boxes, bottles, cups, and everything you’d need to tie up a super sweet package. Great for hotel welcome gifts, food favors, bars of all kinds (coffee, candy, dessert) and everything else you want to wrap up. You can also shop by color – which of course when you are planning a wedding is very important!

6. PAPER SOURCE
Ohh, my absolute favorite. If you are lucky enough to have a Paper Source store nearby you have to go, period. This is a stationary lovers dream come true! If you are making your own wedding invitations this is the place for you. Their color options are on point. Their paper quality is unbeatable. And their in-store help is terrific. No matter your skill level, they will help you create unique one of a kind stationary items for your wedding day. From printing on your computer, hand stamping, and more. They will even print and make your invitations for you, for a pretty penny – but you don’t need that right?

7. KOYALWHOLESALE.COM
Another awesome wholesale event website. Since Koyal Wholesale designs, manufacture and distribute all the products they sell – they can keep the prices low. They are similar to Save on Crafts but have a much different style. They follow trends and sell just about everything you’d need to plan your wedding start to finish.

8. LINENTABLECLOTH.COM
High quality tablecloths, runners, napkins and more that you actually purchase – not rent – and they are SO inexpensive. I have several of their tablecloths and I cannot believe what great quality they are for the price. For some brides, purchasing linens might be cheaper and easier than renting and dealing with logistics.

9. FIFTYFLOWERS.COM
Wholesale flowers shipped to your door in 2 days. If you are considering DIY-ing some of your florals, you need to check out Fifty Flowers’ services. From centerpieces bundles and bouquet bunches, to color and style themed kits – they have you covered. But it’s their customer service that really shines. They truly care about your event and will help you with every aspect of your flower order to ensure your happiness.

10. YOUR LOCAL CRAFT STORE!
As a DIY bride I’m sure that you are already familiar with your local craft store but you might want to take a second look. You will most likely be purchasing and making things you’ve never made before, so you might not know exactly what they have to offer. And there are certain items that are just better bought in person. So make sure to save on shipping by checking your local craft store first. Don’t forget to look for coupons!

alternative tux options

Sites like Menguin allow you to order tuxes without ever leaving your home. In just 3 steps, the groom can have his entire outfit coordinated for the big day.

  1. Choose the jacket. Then customize with a shirt, tie, shoes and other items.
  2. 2. Input necessary measurements (height, weight, shoe size).
  3. The tuxes will get delivered straight to your door!