Something that lots of brides do early on in their engagement is buy things. A million favor tins at Michael’s, hundreds of cheap vases on EBay, candles at Walmart- the list goes on and on. Well I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to buy those things! Note: Magazines on the other hand? Have at it. Particularly my faves, Southern Weddings Magazine or Martha Stewart Weddings. ;)
I know what you’re thinking. “Won’t things will be cheaper if I buy them and then give/sell them to other people to use?” It’s what I thought at first too. It’s not. The only way this works is if YOU are doing EVERYTHING, otherwise known as not using any professional wedding vendors. (There are sites out there where you can buy things from other brides, and if you aren’t planning on hiring anyone for your wedding, definitely go for it!) If, however, you are planning on working with professional vendors, don’t bother buying anything because it will be a total waste of your money if you do.
Photo by Kristen Weaver
Using a professional wedding vendor enables you to “rent” things- vases, candles, chandeliers, linens, the list goes on and on. Yes, sometimes vendors will actually request you to provide things if it’s something that they don’t have and won’t ever possibly need- like an oddly colored orange vase that you absolutely have to have. But as far as the common wedding goods go, there’s no need to buy things that you can just rent from someone who is *actually* going to use it again.
That chandelier…who’s going to hang it for you? The 20 plain and simple vases you’re eyeing…do you really want to clean them after the wedding? And plus- you’ll already start accumulating wedding-related items anyways…you don’t need even MORE to store! Why spend the money on something that you’ll never be able to use again (or have difficulties finding an actual use for), when a vendor already has it and can rent it to you for less than it costs? So do yourself, your wallet, and the extra room in your house a favor and don’t buy a million things!