Wedding Planning Essentials: The Buying Guide

the wedding buying guide

Happy Boxing Day everyone! Given we’ve all got shopping at the forefront of our minds, we figured it fitting to take this opportunity to share with you the ultimate shopping guide for your wedding. Breaking it down based on the average 12 month planning journey, we’ve got the details on when to buy what to ensure you stay on track with a stress free prepping experience, helping you avoid as many of those “oh no I forgot!” moments as possible. And in true Weddingstar fashion, you’re not only getting the know how, you also have the opportunity to purchase all the suggestions being made. So without further delay, Happy Shopping!

12 Months Out – Where to Start

You’re newly engaged, with plenty of time on your hands. Now’s the time to take a moment to enjoy. Meaning? It’s party time! Announce your great news to your closest and dearest by throwing an engagement party and take the opportunity to pop your own big question, “will you be my bridesmaid”, to the besties you want by your side. Here are some of the things you’ll want to consider for your big bash and ask.

engagement party supplies - drink dispenser

bottom’s up
featured here: apothecary style drink dispenser and customized expressions design cling
get the complete drink station how-to here

engagement party supplies - cocktail napkins

creative necessities
featured here: personalized mr. and mrs. printed napkins

engagement party supplies - hanging lantern

pretty on a budget – decor details
feature here: vintage floral print paper lantern


be mine
featured here: personalized bridesmaid mini tote
click here for some creative ways to ask “will you be my bridesmaid”

9 Months Out – Mark Your Calendars

Make sure no one misses your big day by giving everyone you want to have there plenty of notice. Now’s the time to order and send out your Save the Dates. Select a design that gives your guests insight into the style of wedding you’re having. Haven’t decided on a theme or style yet? Then go with a neutral option that’ll work with any wedding day design and the invitation suite you’ll have to select later on down the planning road.

wedding buying guide - save the date

mark your calenders
featured here: woodland pretty design save the date embellished with mini wood veneer antlers

6 Months – Making it Official

You’re half way there and it’s time to get serious about the details, staring with the ordering of your wedding invitation suite, complete with your reply cards. Although you won’t be sending these out until about 3 months out, you’ll want to leave yourself time to embellish your design if desired, address your envelopes, both your invite and reply envelopes, and to organize your mailing.

wedding buying guide - reply card

5 Months Out – DIY Time

If you’re considering DIY’ing any of your wedding day details, you’ll want to get yourself sorted with all the supplies no later than 5 months out. Whether it’s your invites or your favors that you’re taking on as a crafting project, you’ll want to leave yourself plenty of time to get them right and get them done.

wedding buying guide - diy trims

i can make that
featured here: diy supplies required for potpourri baggie favors. get the complete list of supplies and the how-to here

4 Months Out – Making it Pretty

The months are flying by and there’s no putting off the details. At this point you should have a defined wedding day theme and look mapped out, now’s the time to decide how you’ll execute on the vision. And this is one of those times where more is more. The more you style your day with cohesive decorative details, the better your big picture will be.

wedding buying guide - table number

lovely logistics
featured here: feather whimsy design folded table number

reception decor - escort card holders

on a creative note
featured here: vintage inspired twisted fork stationery holders

reception decor - cement vase

table charm
featured here: resin cement vase

3 Months Out – Cake Time

All the major to do’s are taken care of. Now you just need to consider all the little extras. You’re probably also now sitting down with your cake designer to decide on your final cake details. If you’re considering a cake topper you’ll want to make that a part of your discussion.

2 Months Out – Many Thanks

The bulk of the planning and prep is probably past you. Take the time to thank those that helped throughout all the planning madness, i.e. bridal party members and parents.

1 Month Out – Little Indulgences

It’s all about the last minute details now. Incorporating a candy buffet into your wedding day treats? Organize everything you need to pull it off, think candy fillers and display vessels.

wedding buying guide - candy buffet jars

sweet tooth
featured here: candy buffet apothecary jars

Post Wedding – With Gratitude

The big day is done and you’re left with plenty of amazing memories to last you a life time. Send your thanks to all who attended and helped to make it the best day of your life. Order and mail out thank you cards within 3 months of the festivities.

wedding buying guide - thank you cards

much appreciated
featured here: woodland pretty design thank you card embellished with mini wood veneer antlers

Don’t See It But Need It?

Chances are Weddingstar has it! With over 3000+ products, including hundreds of new on trend additions that have just been added to the line, what you see here is just a small sampling of what you can get. Shop the full collection on



Wedding Planning Tips: Candy Buffet How-To

candy buffet

I don’t think there’s a person out there who can profess not to have at least somewhat of a sweet tooth. It’s precisely why candy buffets are such a huge hit at any event they’re a part of. Bursting with bright colors and sweet treats they also provide for a great visual. Add some punch to your wedding day celebration and let the little kid in all your guests loose by featuring one at your reception. Here’s everything you need to pull it off to perfection. Yummy!

Custom Combos 

Give your guests the chance to pick and choose what they want to indulge in. Provide plenty of treat options displayed in stylish apothecary jars that allow colors to pop. And remember to include the baggies for filling.

retro style goodie favor bags

goodie goodie gumdrops
featured here: gusset cellophane bag and ‘old time candy’ bag insert (sold separately), trimmed with satin ribbon

Grab and Go 

Have them hit the road with a to go treat. Prepackage an assortment of goodies in varied bags and containers, playing with designs and colors for presentation perfection.


pretty polka dots
featured here: gusset cellophane bag and ‘candy colorful’ bag insert (sold separately), trimmed with satin ribbon

retro style popcorn cartons

retro fun
featured here: novelty popcorn cartons

mini classic gumball machine

because you just can’t have a candy buffet without a mini gumball machine!
featured here: classic red gumball machine (sold empty) and ‘candy colorful’ design square tag

blue rock candy

Bursting with Color

Don’t stop the play on color at your packaging. Pull the bright hues all the way through to your candy selection. Just be careful to ensure you’re working with a complimentary color palette and that you’re consistent with how you infuse it into the varied pieces and treats you include.


Dainty Details

You can’t have a great big picture without the right details. Add them in easily with some pretty personalized ribbon or playful mini chalkboard speech bubbles.

personalized cocktail napkins

a bit of you and i
featured here: personalized napkins in ‘sweet beginnings’, ‘yum’ and ‘a treat for you’ printed designs

Make it Yours 

Last but not least, remember to incorporate a touch of personalization wherever you can. Give your guests something to wipe off all the gooey goodness with by featuring customized cocktail napkins.

Looking for More Wedding Fun?

For more ways to guarantee wedding day fun, check out this past Monday’s post, ‘Pop Up Wedding Photo Booth How-To’.