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Shopping for wedding decor

When you are shopping for wedding decor, follow the theme of your decor to its source. For nautical weddings, shop and look for decor in fishing towns, boat stores and nautical stores on the coast. For one-of-a-kind decor, shop at thrift stores, antique stores, yard and estate sales.

Follow your theme

For modern-day party themes, shop at home improvement stores. For patio lights, shop spring and summer. For party lights (white holiday lights), shop in the fall through December.

Vintage theme decor, which is popular right now, can be found at antique stores, estate sales, thrift stores and yard sales. Check your parents and grandparents basements and attics for large pieces that you can borrow. For example an old wheelbarrow can be used to hold gifts or pots of flowers.

For large large quantities of modern-day decor that you will need to decorate large spaces, shop at Party World in Tacoma or the online store. The store also has large supplies of paper plates and napkins in all colors, table clothes, plastic ware, and more.

If you have a year to shop for wedding decor, you can take advantage of after-holiday or end-of-season sales; however, remember that by then you may not be able to get the quantity or colors that you need.

For gold, silver or white decor, look at Christmas or New Years items as they are often made in those colors.

Talk to your friends who have recently gotten married as many of them will have tablecloths, wine glasses or other decor that they might be willing to sell, loan or give to you.

Most important, ask your florist or wedding coordinator about the supplies you need. They purchase their supplies from a wholesale store, so they get large discounts. When you purchase in bulk, they may be willing to pass along a discount to you.

Check local floral warehouses, which also have decor, to see if you can shop there or if you need your florist to shop for you.

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Published on April 20, 2016.

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