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Wedding Shopping – for the First Time Bride

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Depending on your preparations, wedding shopping can be either really fun or really stressful. If you give yourself a lot of time before your wedding date and have great friends to accompany you on shopping excursions, it’s going to be one of the best times of your life. On the other hand, if you are in a big rush and have to fit shopping into otherwise busy days, you’re going to be extremely miserable. The problem gets even worse if you have to watch your budget closely because you need to watch your wallet while you’re trying to look at store shelves. Whether you are on a budget or in a hurry, here are some wedding shopping tips for the first time bride that will help you eliminate the stress and make it a fun experience that you’ll remember forever.

Wedding Dress

Shopping for your wedding dress will be one of the most expensive wedding purchases that you’ll make. If you’re on a budget, finding the perfect wedding dress can be a tough job. Your first stop should be places like Goodwill or a thrift shop to see if there’s something that will work. You will obviously need to have it cleaned ahead of time, but you can get a dress for pennies on the dollar if you buy it second hand.


If money isn’t an object but you’re in a big hurry, you can just head to one of the many bridal shops in your area. There you can try on the latest and greatest wedding fashions and bring home the perfect dress that day. You’ll pay top dollar, but it will be a flawless dress that you love.

Wedding Supplies

Supplies end up eating a big hole in your budget, and if you aren’t careful they can make you go broke! If you’re trying to keep on budget, consider buying generic looking supplies like cups, plates, and napkins to decorate yourself. By adding a few heart stickers, ribbons, or even using a stamp, you can quickly and easily decorate your wedding supplies for a fraction of what you’d pay at a party supply store.

If time is more important to you than money when planning your wedding, there is a huge selection of wedding supplies available at your local party store. They will have dozens of styles and colors from which to choose so you can get supplies that blend with your specific wedding theme.

Wedding Favors

A good wedding favor will be fitting for a wedding while adding to your guests’ experiences, and one inexpensive item that does both is sparklers. They have become so popular at wedding in recent years that certain companies specifically make sparklers for weddings by putting them in decorative boxes. Wedding sparklers will also burn smokeless so they can be used indoors, and they are incredibly cheap to buy over the internet.

If money is no object, consider having personalized wine glasses made for each guests. Though they are quite expensive to have made, you can usually have them back from the etcher within a couple of days of placing your order.