The holidays are swiftly on the approach, my friends! We're a few weeks away from Halloween, and then the madness for the holidays will really sink in. If you are a planning bride, looking to cut costs where you can, there is one day you might want to consider participating in, although you previously pondered about avoiding this day all together. That ambiguous date is Black Friday 2013! Never thought of this date to take advantage of wedding savings? You just might now!
We were sent these great tips for wedding savings and how Black Friday can help brides and grooms in cutting the costs from jewelry to decor, even favors! Discover the 6 tips that were shared with us, and turn this into a fun filled day, rather than a dreaded mob fest shopping day. Take your bridal party members along with you to help maneuver through the holiday crowds, and grab a drink at the end of the day to relax from it all. Enjoy the savvy saving tips!
When you’re flipping through Black Friday ads that just appeared in your mailbox, do you hear wedding bells ringing in the distance? Although Black Friday and Cyber Monday are typically considered a time for holiday shopping, they’re also a fantastic opportunity to snag deals on wedding supplies. Plan your shopping expedition strategically to get the most out of post-Thanksgiving sales.
Do-It-Yourself Photo Booth
Electronics are among the most heavily discounted Black Friday merchandise. Budget-minded brides who want a photo booth but can’t justify the expense of hiring a professional can invest in a DIY setup. Look for a digital SLR or similar camera at a steep discount (Best Buy and Target typically have good sales). Then, all you need is a remote shutter release and a tripod, according to HGTV. Add some goofy props and a thick black curtain for a photo booth that is indistinguishable from the professional thing. Plus, the digital camera will last you through the honeymoon and beyond.
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Perhaps you’re having a rustic barn wedding and want dozens of strings of lights to hang throughout the venue. Black Friday is the perfect time to snag Christmas lights for cheap. Also think of other decorative elements going on sale for the holidays. For example, pillar candles, faux greenery and ribbon make gorgeous centerpieces. Don’t worry about things looking too Christmasy — most retailers have a range of classy colors available, including gold, silver and deep purple.
Save on Table Linens
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As you continue to plan, small things you hadn’t previously considered (such as rental chairs or linens) can really add up. In many cases, buying your own tablecloths and cloth napkins is cheaper than renting. Run the numbers and figure out if buying is more cost effective. Then, take a look at JCPenney.com for tablecloths and other supplies in your chosen color.
Grab Those Accessories
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Have you had your eye on a great necklace from your favorite store, only to worry about the extra cost? Black Friday is the best time to splurge on jewelry for majorly discounted prices. Scope out your favorites a few weeks ahead of time so you know exactly what you want. Expect the jewelry counter to be crowded on the day of, and plan your shopping time accordingly. Also remember to search for honeymoon lingerie, wedding shoes, bridesmaids’ gifts and other accessories that are likely to be discounted for the holidays.
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No matter what your personal style, stores are sure to have Black Friday deals on items you can use as wedding favors. If you love to garden, grab dozens of terra-cotta planters (you can add a packet of seeds when they go on sale in the spring). Mason jars, cute mugs, pint glasses and non-perishable food items are other good options. Check out sales at Target, Wal-Mart, Costco and other big box stores for suitable favors. Then simply add a personalized note or nice packaging to make the gift special enough for a wedding favor.
Hit the Craft Stores
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If you’re trying to avoid the rampant crowds at more popular stores, head to craft stores to stock up on ribbons, paper, sewing supplies or other crafty needs. Michaels routinely has significant Black Friday discounts, making it a good time to buy supplies for any DIY projects. Whether you’re making table runners or crafting handmade invitations, craft stores are a great Black Friday secret.
These are all great tips! Which tip spoke to you? I do agree with hitting the craft stores rather than the larger stores, especially if you are a DIY bride. And another good point is the accessories sales, I personally never thought to utilize this day to purchase wedding jewelry and lingerie!
Share with us your take on this, and if you have any tips to include on where brides can save further on Black Friday!