Planning a wedding for this upcoming year and want to be strategic about saving some cash right now? PRO-TIP: After Christmas and New Year's is the ideal time to score deals on decor, lights, gift sets, and other wedding items that can be stashed away for your wedding day.
Here are the seven items on which we'd stock up at the after-holiday sales to have your wedding looking chic on the cheap.
Flora, foliage, and flower baubles
Craft and big box stores will often have holiday greenery, twigs, mistletoe, sweet little cake toppers, and anything you can think of covered in glitter. This is your time to start planning any DIY decor like holiday-themed centerpieces.
Those after-Christmas sales are loaded with deals on fairy/twinkle lights. I keep mine up most of the year anyway, so feel free to snag some on the cheap, hang them up, then repurpose them for your 2016 wedding.
Similarly, pretty garland (both the real and faux varieties) will be plentiful and ready to line your aisle, your centerpiece, or even your headpiece! Think tinsel, rainbow garland, and natural greenery. Also keep an eye out for rustic decor details like burlap bunting.
You'll lots of beauty buys, soaps, lotions, and other sweet-smelling goodies on clearance that make great gifts for wedding parties, family members, and other special folks you want to thank.
Want your reception to smell like pine trees? Now's the time to stock up on cheap candles. Just make sure you check with your venue to make sure you are allowed to use them. Or snag some of the LED kind.
Sparklers and fireworks
Want a sparkly send-off? Post New Year's sales will often have fireworks and sparklers at the ready for your stockpile and eventual awesome photo opportunity.
Oh yes, after New Year's Eve is totally the time to stock up on booooze like champagne, holiday spirits, cordials, etc. Just make sure you grab enough so that you'll still have enough if you partake throughout the year. Because we know we would!
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