When you are getting married, there are a lot of events to plan over the course of the year which can include a(n):
- Engagement party
- Bridal/wedding shower
- Bachelor party
- Bachelorette party (see tips for throwing the perfect party)
- Rehearsal dinner
- Wedding reception
These are major events leading up to and including the wedding, and every bride-to-be (and often groom-to-be) wants every facet of their wedding plans to be perfect, from the gifts to the decor to the food. However, money does not grow on trees (at least for most of us), so it is always a good idea to find opportunities to save money where you can.
For Your Wedding Events
One of the best ways to save cash on your bridal shower or wedding event needs is to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is the time of year when you can bag bargains galore! Need some blue bridal shower decorations? You’ll find them at deep discounts. Need some blue wedding shoes? Shop Black Friday sales and get the ones you've been eyeing but didn't want to pay full price for.
Here is a list of ideas for things that would be great to score during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
- Bridal Shower decorations
- Wedding Decorations
- Bachelorette party giveaways
- Party Favors
- Bridal gifts
- Groom gifts
- Wedding Gifts
- Clothing accessories (shoes, clutches, jewelry, bowties, etc.)
- Wedding or shower invitations
- ...and so much more
Any money saved on your wedding arrangements is a blessing and can be put towards your honeymoon or bills.
Check out Something Blue's sale event collection to see what offers you can take advantage of in these categories.
What are Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
We've heard about them on TV commercials, radio commercials and seen signs everywhere about the sales, but what exactly are these events?
Black Friday is always the day after Thanksgiving, and has often symbolized the kick-off for holiday shopping ever since 1952. It has been the busiest shopping day of the year. Many retailers open their doors very early and offer tremendous mark downs on their merchandise.
Busy shopping on Black Friday. - Photo by Anna Dziubinska
When internet shopping became popular, many retailers took their Black Friday sales online. Some deals are even offered for more days beyond the actual day of Black Friday. These vary retailer to retailer.
Cyber Monday is always the Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Like Black Friday, it was a created as a way for retailers to offer shopping deals but for online retailers specifically (hence "cyber"). This event was created in 2005, and is a great opportunity to shop awesome deals without dealing with crowded stores.
Browsing the internet for Cyber Monday deals. - Photo by Christin Hume
When is Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
These dates always fall after Thanksgiving every year. The two important dates to remember for 2018 are:
- Black Friday - Friday, November 23, 2018
- Cyber Monday - Monday, November 26, 2018
Mark them down and circle them in red! Highlight them in yellow on your cell phone calendar. Create an alarm and take the day off work! You might think this sounds extreme, but believe us, when it comes to grabbing big bargains, you need to commit time and effort and plan ahead.
Note: Something Blue Bridal Shop's sale event is from Wednesday, 11/21/18 at 12:00am EST to Monday, 11/26/18 at 11:59pm EST.
Get the Black Friday and Cyber Monday dates on your calendar! - Photo by Estée Janssens
How to Shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
If you want to grab those crazy bargains and get all the things that you need (or want) for your wedding events, you have to be organized. Make sure you cover these key steps in your preparations.
Write a List And Prioritize
Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are extremely popular times for any type of shopping, especially for weddings. Being organized is key, and the easiest way to get started is to research and make a list.
Getting organized with all the calendars and lists. - Photo by rawpixel
Research and Make a List
First, research and make a list of your favorite wedding shops that have items that you want. Make a note of whether you can get the deals online or if you have to go into the shop itself. If you need to go to the shop, write down (or type) the address.
For wedding accessories, bouquets, party decorations, invitations and gifts, consider adding Something Blue Bridal Shop to your lists as they will be having big sales as well.
Pro Tip: Make list on something you can access from your phone and your computer. That way you can include links to specific sites where the sales are, and you can click them rather than having to type them in. Same for addresses. We like Google Tasks App (which is part of Gmail), Notes if you're a dedicated Mac/iPhone user, Google Sheets or Docs (part of Google Drive) or just in an email you can save somewhere to access again.
Know Which Items You Want
Make sure you know and indicate on your list what types of items you would like from each of the places you want to score your deals.
For stores that don't sell much online, you will need to be generic in your ideas, or you will need to go to the store in advance to scope out their inventory and deals. You need to be careful to not choose too many of these as you will have limited time to work with.
If you are shopping online, you can browse items to figure out what you want in advance. You will also want to pay attention to the types of deals they offer, and make a note of this as well. Most websites have a Wish List option to mark the items you like. Write a wish list, and note down the item numbers of everything you really want to buy.
Pro Tip: For those ordering items for a wedding or any other event, make sure you understand the shipping time for your items and account for additional holiday slow downs. You don't want to order something you need either quickly or last minute during these sale events.
Prioritize Your List
Now it's time to whittle your list down. There are a few things to consider to help you get the list to a manageable amount.
- What are the most important items you need or want to get?
- How much time can you and are you willing to allocate to shopping on this day? (Will you be hungover from Thanksgiving?)
- What does your budget look like?
- Logistically speaking, how many regular stores vs. online stores are going to make sense? (Consider drive time to each as well as wait time for lines.)
- Which deals are available on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or both?
Once you've narrowed your list, make a schedule on what you will do and when (noting any deadlines, open times and closing times).
Create a Plan B list. What are your next best options if something falls through? Let's say one of the websites crashes or one of the shops' lines are too long. Is there somewhere else you can get the item(s) you want?
Can you see how being organized really gets you what you want? If this feels like a lot to make note of, don't worry. I built this worksheet you can make a copy of to organize your planning. Click the image below and then go to 'File' > "Make a copy' (for Google Drive) OR 'Download as...' (for Excel spreadsheet).
Free planning worksheet download.
Get up Early!
No one likes to get up early on their day off, but bargain shoppers do for great deals. So, set that alarm and get up early! These bargains do not last long and there are thousands (or maybe even millions if you're on the internet) of others out there with a similar plan.
Stock is often very limited and some people camp outside these places, so you need to get there very early. You don't want those wedding decorations you've had your eye on to be gone after waiting in line and crawling over people to get to them.
Make sure to go early for Black Friday!
Warning: Do not wait until the afternoon or evening time. If you do this, you’re likely to miss out on the things you really wanted, and you’ll be kicking yourself as a result!
Make Your Decisions Quickly
The next tip? Do not think about your purchase for too long. When you write your priority list and your ‘Plan B’ list, make sure that you are sure about your choices. If you see those blue bridesmaid robes you've been thinking about, jump on them. Someone else could be clicking ‘Buy’ (and possibly in bulk) whilst you’re waiting around trying to make a decision!
If you’re on the fence about a purchase, our advice is to buy it (as long is it isn't something too expensive). You're more likely to regret not getting the item that you've already decided you need.
Black Friday sales are a busy and high in demand time, and customers can often be cut throat. The very same can be said for Cyber Monday sales as well. Everyone wants the deals! So, be prepared and decisive.
Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor
After all the hard work, you've managed to get some great items for incredible prices. You should feel great about this. You can even brag to your significant other that you saved some money on your wedding budget.
The only thing left to do is relax and wait for your purchases to arrive.