Local vendors are crucial partners in your wedding. They make the most important parts of your big day possible, from photography to catering and décor. But when it came to minor wedding tasks, I turned to the web. There are a lot of great websites that saved me time and money. Here’s a roundup of my favorites.
I recently went to a friend’s wedding and saw her guest book, which featured her engagement photos surrounded by white space for guests to write messages. I asked where she got it from, and she mentioned Artifact Uprising. I designed my own photo book online, and the process was simple. I love the book’s design and quality fabric cover. artifactuprising.com
Kara used Artifact Uprising to create her guest book. Photo by Artifact Uprising/Logan Cole.
I've always been a fan of this brand, but I hadn’t given Kate Spade’s wedding collection much thought until I got engaged. I loved all the different bridesmaid gift options—from jewelry to keepsake boxes—and free shipping and returns are always a bonus! I won’t reveal which item I got my maids just yet, but I’m pleased with the quality. katespade.com
At first, I struggled to find shoes to go along with my wedding gown. I wanted something pretty—yet comfortable—and I didn’t have much luck in stores. Thankfully, both Nordstrom and Zappos have a large selection, plus free shipping and returns. I ordered a few pairs online, tried them on, and returned the ones that didn’t work. Being able to see the shoes alongside my dress helped me make a good decision. nordstrom.com, zappos.com
Most brides use this site, but for good reason. Mood boards help you convey your wedding vision to your vendors. I loved using my phone to pull up examples of what I was looking for. This was especially helpful when buying a wedding gown and selecting floral arrangements. pinterest.com
Rent the Runway
Between the engagement party, bridal showers, bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner, there are a lot of occasions for brides to dress up. I wanted to look my best, but I didn’t want to be photographed in the same little white dress over and over again. Enter Rent the Runway. I rented designer dresses for all of my pre-wedding events—and I saved money in the long run. Tip: If you plan to rent more than one dress leading up to your wedding, get the PRO membership. You’ll get free shipping and insurance off every order for a year. renttherunway.com
If you’re creating invitations on your own rather than hiring a stationer, Smartpress is a great, inexpensive option for printing. I loved the quality of my save-the-dates, and I’m planning to use Smartpress again for my invitations. smartpress.com
Standard wedding websites like The Knot and WeddingWire are great, but I loved the elevated design quality of Squarespace’s templates. It cost a minor fee to create my site, but it was worth it for the design and custom domain name. squarespace.com
I created custom stamps to add a personal touch to my save-the-dates and wedding invitations. Zazzle allowed me to upload my own photo and turn it into a postage stamp. I also used one of their preexisting designs for my RSVP postcard stamps. Tip: Sign up for their e-mails; there is almost always a promo code you can use to get a discount off your purchase. zazzle.com