Secret Sources: Our Favorite Stores for Wedding-Day Buys
Shop smart—and like a Martha Stewart Weddings editor—when stocking up for your wedding. We know the resources you should tap for all of your big-day needs, from foodstuffs to craft supplies and everything in between. Now we're sharing them with you!
That's right: We're sharing the scoop on our very favorite spots to purchase any wedding-related necessity. Our editors are constantly scouring the world for the latest and greatest retailers; we then share our finds in each new issue. To make it easier for you to find anything you might need, we've created a master list of our secret sources. The goods from these shops are creative, affordable, and stylish, so you can rest assured that you've made a wise purchase.
Ready to start planning your dream wedding? Then check out these Martha-approved sources. Make our secrets your big-day must-haves.
Gourmet Sweet Botanicals
Ordinary crudités may be ho-hum, but watch the reaction when you bring out piles of veggies in miniature—like these Lilliputian carrots, squash blossoms, radishes, and onions. The pint-size produce is fun-and-easy finger food, ideal for preceremony bridal-party nibbles. Serve with green goddess dip. These veggies are just our latest love from Gourmet Sweet Botanicals. The San Diego–based company sells a variety of microgreens, herbs, and—one of our favorite wedding-cake finishers—crystallized and edible flowers.
Gourmet Sweet Botanicals "Tiny Veggies" Bunches (Carrot, Onion, Squash Blossoms, and Radish), $14 each, gourmetsweetbotanicals.com
. Square and Rectangular Wooden Dishes, from $16.75 for 20; and Wooden Spoon, $13.50 for 100,
Cufflinks will always be a classic gift for groomsmen, and the surprising (and surprisingly affordable) 2,000-plus options at this online superstore will make the dudes want to keep their sleeves clasped all night. Give the guys their initials, treat them to rose-gold nautical portholes, or cap off their looks with gold wolves that commemorate the howlin' good time they'll have at your wedding.
Cuff Daddy "Letter V" Cufflinks in "Silver," $25; "Howling Wolf" Cufflinks in "Gold," $29; "Camera" Cufflinks in "Sterling Silver," $100; and "Port Hole" Cufflinks in "Rose Gold," $30, cuff-daddy.com
Your next-to-impossible mission: Find a box that perfectly fits your favors (or welcome gifts, scroll invites, or attendants' presents) and your palette. The solution: this New York City shop, which will wrap any of its 20 box styles in virtually any paper you like. Choose from the store's selection, as we did for these boxes, or B.Y.O.P. Mission accomplished!
Envelopper Ink Custom Boxes, from $2.75 each for 25 or more, envelopperinc.com
There's no other way to say it—we're totally nuts for this website, our one-stop-shopping spot for filling up welcome bags and favor boxes. They stock everything from cashews to pistachios to macadamias, as well as hundreds of candies and dried fruit options, all priced in bulk.
Nuts.com Raw Cashews, $13; English Walnuts, $5; Raw Brazil Nuts, $16; Cocoa-Dusted Almonds, $12; Dark-Chocolate-Covered Almonds, $11; Clove Balls, $4; Crystallized Ginger, $6; Dried Apricots, $9; all prices for a 1-lb bag, nuts.com
Two, four, six, eight, who do we appreciate? Craft Cuts! The company makes great-looking customizable table numbers (which, we've learned, are surprisingly hard to find). These wooden digits come in 100-plus fonts and 36 colors—or unpainted so you can finish them in your palette. (They're also available in acrylic and metal.) Flat-bottomed styles stand alone, or you can stick mounting tape to the bottom of curved ones to keep them upright. Bonus idea: Use the letters to mark the head table with your initials.
Craft Cuts Assorted Numbers, from $3.25 each, craftcuts.com
Ask any newlywed. One of the most challenging parts of a wedding comes afterward: wrangling and displaying all those digital images. Enter Artifact Uprising, which provides beautiful solutions to that common dilemma. Founded in 2012 by sisters who happen to be professional photographers, the business began with the idea of making photo books using sustainable materials. Now it offers a range of products, including framed prints, stands, and smaller-size books and calendars that can be created directly from your Instagram feed.
Artifact Uprising "Layflat" Photo Album, from $139; "Float" Frame, from $79; Brass Easel and Calendar, from $48; Wood Calendar, from $30; Instagram-Friendly Book, from $15; and Gallery Frame, from $65, artifactuprising.com
Bio & Chic
As we craft our stories for each issue, we find ourselves turning to the disposable and biodegradable serveware, vessels, and utensils from Bio & Chic time and time again. Products are made from organic materials like bamboo, sugarcane, and palm leaves, and the minimalist shapes and natural shades keep the spotlight focused on what they hold. You can fill them with local treats to welcome guests, have your caterer use them to pass hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour, tuck favors inside them, or pack them with slices of wedding cake to go.
Save on Crafts
The name doesn't quite say it all. Yes, it points out that this online wonder world is a wallet-friendly source for DIY supplies. But it should be called Save on Any Craft Supply You Could Possibly Imagine, because they have everything (and we mean ev-er-y-thing!) you might need for your celebration—from wood slabs for rustic centerpieces and pretty parasols to regal ribbons and an entire page of birdcage options alone. Which comes in handy, as the low prices allow room in your budget for that ambitious birdcage idea you were too thrifty to splurge on before.
Save on Crafts Beeswax Tea Lights, Tapers, Cones, and Pillars, from $9, save-on-crafts.com
This Korean online megastore has everything you need to decorate your day: stickers in all colors of the rainbow, adhesive fabric paper in endless patterns, floral tape for miles, and food-safe packaging that'll have you rethinking regular wax paper. What's more, they ship to the U.S. at lightning speed.
Romantic Pink "Emotion Deco Version 2" Sticker Set, $6.50 for 2 sheets, romanticpink.com
Claudia Schwartz, owner of this San Francisco–based specialty shop, has an eye for rare finds, so it's pretty apropos that the name of her business means "good eye" in Italian. and it's certainly the apple of ours as a go-to for those special somethings that make a wedding unforgettable, from one-of-a-kind paper goods embellished with on-site calligraphy to adorably-packaged favors. Many attendant gifts also sell for less than $50, and you can request that parcels ordered from the website arrive in the boutique's often seasonal, and ever-snappy, wrapping paper. The hard part isn't finding what you want—it's how to choose. Here, a few items that recently caught our, well, you know.
Bell'Occhio Ribbons and Trim, from $2/yd, bellocchio.com
What's better than a stylish card? One with a hidden message inside. That's why we love the scratch-off paper goods, chic prints, and calligraphed cards made by this Michigan-based sustainable stationer. We honored them in the 2012 Martha Stewart American Made Awards—and we're still big fans of their surprising designs. (Bonus: Along with standard-size cards, Inklings creates tags and other products from scraps most large-scale printers would toss.)
Inklings Paperie "Parisian Stripes" Bridesmaids Card, $4.50; "Be My Bridesmaid" Telegram, $21 for 6; Bridal Bingo Cards, $12 for 12 cards and pencils; "Parisian Stripes" Bridal-Shower Game Cards, $14 for 24; Bachelorette Game Cards, $9 for 24; Place Cards, $15 for 12; Pop-Up Greeting Card, $6; Champagne Gift Tags, $8 for 6; "LOVE" Print, $8; and "Party Time" Card, $4.50, inklingspaperie.etsy.com
We love browsing New York City–based Toho Shoji, an emporium for jewelry-making supplies, to dream up designs using metallic appliqués. Here, we created an Aphrodite-inspired hairpiece by gluing brass leaves to a hair comb (using E6000 Industrial adhesive; $5, michaels.com). But don't stop there—the miniature blooms can embellish accessories for the rest of the wedding party, too.
Tojo Shoji Metallic Appliqués, 25¢ to $13,
. Donatelle Godart "Premiere du Monde" Wedding Dress, $4,245,
This one-stop shop is our go-to for all things party. The completely customizable products run the gamut from basics (like cocktail napkins) to things you didn't even know you needed (straw tags, anyone?). All the options make it a cinch to brand your day in a big way. Like what you see here? Download our templates directly from the site.
Foryourparty.com Square Tags, $34 for 50; Pillow Box, $108 for 50; Square Table Numbers, $41.50 for 6; Heather Dinner Napkin, $84 for 100; Sparkler Sleeve, $38 for 50; Scalloped Coaster, $37 for 100; Matches Demi Box, $55 for 50; Wax-Lined Party Bag, $30 for 25; Double-Point Straw Tags, $43 for 50; and Round Stir Sticks, $50 for 100, foryourparty.com