#SMPWedding101 - Sourcing Wedding Decor Online
September 30, 2016
When planning my wedding, I loved searching for just the right pieces of decor to deck our tables and bring my vision to life. But finding those missing pieces of your pretty puzzle isn't always easy. Design studio and online shop esselle SF is here to help with advice on sourcing those stylish add-ons for your special day - read on and check out their chic site; you may find just what you've been looking for!

1. Know Your Venue

Sourcing the most suitable decor and details will be much easier if you know the parameters of the space as well as what is allowed. For example, many venues do not allow candles with an open flame, so know that information can help you avoid having to purchase and then return. Some reception and ceremony sites may have a strong breeze that can blow away anything that doesn't weigh much. Make sure whatever table top items you are using can stand up to any wind and weather variations.

2. Inquire Pricing Options

Find out if a store offers trade discounts and/or bulk pricing prior to purchasing. Esselle gives a trade discount as well as a discount on bulk orders, so be sure to take advantage of these type of savings. Keep in mind that often times your florist are the people who supply tabletop decor, such as centerpiece vessels, or candle holders. He/she may get better deals through large wedding decor shops such as Accent Decor or Cultural Intrigue.

3. Plan Accordingly With Timing

If you have a full-service wedding planner, this may not be a big deal as he/she should have a tentative schedule of when to make decor purchases. If you don't have a planner, definitely keep a reasonable timeline to source and place orders. Ideally we suggest checking 2-3 months prior to the big date to confirm if all the decor you need are in fact in stock and ready to ship. If an order requires production time, be sure to reach out to vendors for an estimated turnaround time.

4. Be Super Specific When Searching

Whether you are using Pinterest, Google, Etsy, or Instagram for searching for the finishing touches for your wedding design, using specific keywords or hashtags may yield more unique decor companies than big box stores which dominate popular key words. After distinguishing the look and feel of your wedding, use as many of those descriptive adjectives in your product search.

5. Double Duty

Get more value out of your purchase by sourcing products that have the versatility to be used in your home after the wedding. For example we have place card holders that also doubles as photo/art print holders!

6. Check Stationery + Signage Sizes

When applicable, ask your stationery designer signage dimensions and paper weight. A typical place card holder may hold up to 80#-110# cover stock while very few on the market can hold up to 265# or more. You don't want to set your heart on a cardholder style only to find out later that it can't hold the signage properly!
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