The focus of Black Friday shopping is typically on holiday gifts, but brides whose weddings are coming up in the next six to 10 months can also make out like bandits on the biggest shopping day of the year. You were planning on braving the crowds anyway, and if you live for a great bargain you’ll still get your fix when you save beaucoup bucks on everything from outfitting the bridal party to favors for the reception. Don’t look at Black Friday bridal shopping as a chore or a hassle; take it on as a challenge. Then get out there and save like your wedding depends on it.
Brides of the 21st century don’t just plan. They arm themselves with the best technology has to offer. All types of smartphones have wedding planner apps available to help you budget, keep track of your to-do list, add to the guest list and so much more. Even wedding shopping is easier with apps. Download wedding dress apps to help whittle down the selection from a few thousand to a handful. The best wedding dress apps let you search by style and price. They’ll also tell you which salons in your area have the dresses you’re looking for to help save time on Black Friday.
Get the Gown
Bridal shops didn’t always actively solicit business through Black Friday sales, but that was then and this is now. November and December are the best months of the year to shop for your wedding dress, according to MSN Money. Spring and summer weddings far outnumber winter nuptials, so the end of the year is the time when bridal boutiques slap a sales price on their stock to help move it along. Stick with stores that carry the top five dresses you’re interested in and call ahead. Even if they announce a Black Friday sale, some of the dresses you have in mind may not be that deeply discounted. Calling before you shop will give you the heads up on which salons to hit and which to skip.
Dress the Rest of the Wedding Party
Many boutiques specialize in dressing the groom and his men, so be certain you get tuxedo and suit sizes for everyone on the groom’s side before you hit the streets on Black Friday. Take a few moments at each stop to check out what they have to offer for the men in your wedding party. Don’t linger if you don’t love what you see right away. If the pickings are slim for men’s formal wear, you can always check men’s shops with your fiancé another time. While you’re out and about, though, be sure to stop at the larger department stores. You may find what you’re looking for in the men’s department, and these stores are also ideal places to outfit your flower girl.
Craft Store Bargains
Whether or not you intend on crafting most of the decorations and reception favors yourself, Estate Weddings and Events notes that you’ll still want to put a craft store or two on your list of Black Friday stops. They always have terrific bargains on crafting supplies you never knew you needed until you started planning a wedding. Compare the craft store’s Black Friday sale flyer to the list on your wedding planning app for items such as a ring bearer’s pillow, a basket for the flower girl, a guest book as well as ribbon, netting and other supplies you can use for wedding favors.