One of the things that we love to share with our couples (and we're excited to share with you today) is our stock of decor items and wedding props that we have accumulated over the years of planning glorious weddings. Our clients have access to our complete inventory of items and styling services and we want to share one of our favorite ways to source some of our coveted props. We don't have time to spend all day scouring antique stores and specialty shops to find decor items and props for each event (I mean, we actually have work to do for our clients!) so the following resources are some of our favorite places to keep tabs on and score some amazing deals! Recycle Your Wedding: Ruffled Blog Community
An online community through Ruffled Blog, we love this site because it allows brides and vendors to scoop up some serious deals on wedding decor and items like vases, candles, accessories, and signs. You deal directly with the seller, so make sure you're careful to avoid scams and fraudulent sales, but we regularly check this site to see if there are any pieces we know will get some good use. You can even search by items that are located in your area so you could potentially save on shipping.
"How does it work? Recycle Your Wedding is a free classifieds for used wedding items. If you’re selling, buyers will contact you via the contact seller button (for example). As soon as both seller and buyer are ready to proceed, payment can be handled in two ways. If you’re meeting your buyer at a public space, payment is made on pick up. If you’re selling the item online, you will need to send the buyer a money request via either Paypal or Escrow. After you receive payment, you’re ready to ship."
Similar to Recycle your Wedding, this online community is great for finding handmade and vintage items that others have gone through all the trouble to source. For those with a love of creative details and no time to make them or hunt for them, this is an amazing site! We've seen everything from Vintage Pyrex mugs for a hot cocoa station to table runners and event DIY supplies!
Tradesy, formerly The Recycled Bride, is a fabulous site for finding amazing wedding attire for way less than retail prices. Everything from wedding dresses to bridesmaids dresses to wedding gifts and decorations. The format is a little more like an online consignment then a classified listing, so prices are a little higher, but products are more trustworthy. Definitely worth a browse!
Weddings don't have to put you into the poorhouse, and you don't have to sacrifice style to have a celebration on a lean budget. You just have to get a little resourceful :-)