Friday, June 8, 2012

Do you, or don’t you when it comes to online shopping for your wedding??

Online shopping seems to be a busy girl’s best friend these days but when it comes to your wedding, how far is too far?? I know every girl loves a good bargain but where do you draw the line and what are the risks involved with doing your wedding shopping online....

I don’t know about you, but I have heard numerous horror stories from friends and on some wedding websites about how a bride brought a ‘designer’ wedding gown for a quarter of the price from some online wedding store on the other side of the world...hhhmmmmm. Only to be devastated when it arrived and

a) It looked nothing like the picture
b) The material was poor quality 
c) It was the wrong size and didn’t fit at all
d) It was the wrong colour
e) The stitching wasn’t finished and the seams were coming apart
f) The dress is see I’m not kidding
g) The dress doesn’t show up all.....

Do you see where I’m going with this?? If you only listen to one piece of advice we give you, then this is it! DO NOT BUY YOUR WEDDING GOWN ONLINE!!!!! I know your inbuilt bargain hunter will be trying to convince you this is a good idea, but trust me it’s not and if you’re still determined to buy a cheap wedding dress, keep an eye out for the sales rack, most wedding dress stores have them and at least you can see beforehand what you are paying for!

Buying things like favours, invitation and place card paper, costume jewellery and decorations online in my opinion are fine, if you can save yourself some money then go for it, but like you normally would in stores, shop around! There are heaps of great secure online wedding stores and if you sign up to their email alerts you will be notified of when they are having sales, so it’s a win win! Below is a list of some of the ones we have used.

If you do decide to do the bulk of your shopping online, just be careful and shop with caution. Keep in mind most places charge a delivery fee so we suggest buying breakable items like champagne flutes and cake knifes from a real store. The delivery fees can get crazy expensive! I know how easy it can be to get caught up in the wedding planning bubble but always try to use your common sense! If something online looks too good to be true, then it probably is! Last but not least, be very careful who you give your credit card details too, if it’s not a secure website then do not put in your details. This seems like a no brainer but it’s easy to be fooled.

So ladies shop with caution, but remember to have fun! Happy Shopping J

K & C

Here is a list of some online wedding stores that we have used, if you know of a good one please let us know so we can share!

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