Stretching Your Wedding Budget

I’d like to share all the sources of  wedding supplies I used for our wedding with all the brides-to-be out there. I did A TON of research on where to buy everything we used for our wedding, so hopefully I can save you a little bit of time by steering you in the right direction for quality, yet inexpensive wedding supplies.

Smarty Had A Partylinens, plastic silver and gold rimmed plates (resembling china)


Etsyaccessories including wedding dress belts, hair pieces, dress belts and sashes, favors, signage, invitations.

I attempted to DIY everything for our wedding, but I caved and bought my garters from Etsy because I was becoming very overwhelmed.


We bought our glass chandelier from It was super cheap, but we had to put it together, which took quite a while. It was totally worth it and glammed up the rustic barn.


This place sells practically everything to get your wedding DIY projects going. You can either buy supplies or predecorated/made items.


We actually didn’t order anything from Minted, although, I LOVE the wide selection of invitations this site offers. Definitely a good place for inspiration if you aren’t willing to drop a pretty penny on their invitations.

Paper-Source: invitation supplies

I bought random things from Paper Source like envelopes, twine, rubber stamps and pens.

linentablecloth.comlinen tablecloths, runners, chair sashes and napkins, satin fabric bolts

We bought our own linens, obviously. They were actually cheaper than renting, and we made back all of our money when we resold them, and they sold quickly. If you buy around a holiday, they have big sales. We used a 20% off coupon around labor day and saved a lot of money. I also bought a few bolts of fabric to make 15 foot long curtains to decorate the barn for our wedding. They completely transformed the space.

DIY wedding centerpieces


Ikea has practically everything. I bought rocks to put inside the S’mores trough we built,  sheer curtains for the openings of the barn, paper bar napkins, cloth bar towels, frames for the quotes we hung around the barn and metal lanterns to line the ceremony aisle.


We actually still have the runners for sale. 26 navy blue satin runners 14″ x 108″ long, $2/piece. If you’re interested, let me know!

wedding linens for sale

Ikea lanterns for wedding

And here’s one of my handsome little ring bearers, sweet little Ethan.

ikea lanterns for wedding ceremony

BBCrafts .com Ribbon

I can’t even begin to tell you how much ribbon we used for our wedding, and it’s not cheap! BBCrafts has big spools for great prices.

cutcardstock.comcustom cut paper for invitations

I bought thick, high quality cotton paper for our wedding invitations. We were able to order the paper cut exactly to the size we needed, which was a funny size so it was perfect for us. And the prices were very affordable.


cardsandpockets.cominvitation supplies including paper, envelopes, enclosures, belly bands, ribbon and other embellishments

We bought our invitation pocket panels and envelopes from this site. Great quality and prices.


We built our own letterpress and I designed the plates for our invitations. This company was beyond helpful during the process. The plates were made and shipped very quickly and their customer service guys were awesome during the troubleshooting. I know a few people who have used BoxCarPress and have had great service as well.

BJ’s: silver looking cutlery, Chinet crystal cut plastic plates and cups

Party City: silver looking serving spoons and tongs

Gloryshousebeaded and lace trims for wedding gowns, hair pieces and belts

Check out the beaded wedding dress belt I made with trim I purchased from Gloryshouse!


These lanterns are super affordable. We bought about 50 of them in varying sizes and paid around $1/lantern. Can’t beat that!


Lowes and Home Depot:

Get FREE pallets for making signs and centerpiece planter boxes (like we did). We just broke them apart, nailed them back together and painted them… easy peasy. We actually sold these too!




Other Great Ways to Save on Your Wedding:

Borrow, borrow, borrow! For example, if you need lots of vases, ask your friends and family. You can most likely borrow all of them so you don’t need to buy any. Just tag each one with a sticker with the owner’s name so you know who to return it to afterwards. Or ask recently married friends if they have any decorations left over. You might be able to reuse or repurpose their things.

Thrift shops, Craigslist and yard sales are also great places to find items like bird cages, mirrors, vintage doors, vases, chandeliers, planters, wine glasses, and used wedding items.

You could also make trades with other brides, buy from them, or resell your stuff afterwards. We sold almost every single decoration from our wedding and made back almost every penny. You would be amazed how strong the market is for wedding items. Don’t be afraid to splurge on the items you really love for your big day, because I bet you can get your money back reselling afterwards.

Happy planning, brides!


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