You don’t need to schedule an appointment. You don’t need to brace yourself for a price quote. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by that monster to-do list — just start tackling it with these 10 easy steps. Yes, they require a credit card — but you don’t have to spend a small fortune to cross a bunch of items off your list today. Here are 10 no-brainer items (like straws!) you can buy NOW:
Judging from their Pinterest popularity, these fabulous, red and white striped Kikkerland Biodegradable Paper Straws ($14.98) are a no-brainers. Striped straws will make your signature cocktails exponentially cooler — and if you’re looking for even more striped wedding decor, we have tons!
Want a little bling that won’t break the bank? These Kenneth Jay Lane Round Pave Stud Earrings ($77) and Nadri Cubic Zirconia Drop Earrings ($45) should satisfy your sparkle needs! Need to see even more options? Check out our guide to the best wedding earrings.
3. Flip-Flop Favors:
If your wedding is gonna be a sultry, summer affair, flip flops are the perfect favor! If you’re patient, you can save big on these Women’s New Classic Flip-Flops ($2.50 each when you buy two) during dollar flip-flop days!
4. Your Reception Dress:
Buy your reception dress from a department store with a generous return policy, and if you do lose that 20 lbs, you can simply swap it out for a smaller size, or have it tailored (for as little as $10). Get this best-sellinger BCBGMAXAZRIA Drape-Front One Shoulder Satin Dress ($248) or shop our guide to the best reception dresses now.
5. Your Shoes:
Haven’t picked out the dress? Who cares! You can still grab a fab pair of bridal pumps. Few people will actually get to appreciate them as much as you do on the big day, but you’ll feel good knowing you’re rocking these Badgley Mischka Lacie Heels ($215) under your gown. Feel like doing a little online shoe shopping? Start with our shopping guides to the best inexpensive wedding shoes and best satin wedding shoes!
6. DIY Books:
A fun DIY project is a great task to undertake early on in your planning process (and not 48 hours before the wedding). Here’s one of our favorite crafty tomes: Handmade Weddings: More Than 50 Crafts To Personalize Your Big Day ($16.47). Want to expand your wedding reading list? Here are our top wedding book suggestions.
7. Your Save-The-Dates:
If you’ve chosen a date and booked a venue, go ahead and grab your Save-the-Dates! Formal invites don’t go out until 6 weeks before the wedding, but you want to give your guests plenty of advance notice. Need some direction? Check out our shopping guide to cheap wedding invitations, or shop one of our Editors’ Picks: these Signature Ecru Save-the-Dates ($124 for 100).
8. Your Bracelet:
Flip-flops not your thang? If you’re going for a more sophisticated vibe, try these colorful Paper Fan Favors (99 cents each), or shop other customizable wedding favors that are perfect for summer weddings.
10. Thank-You Notes:
Want to be uber-efficient? Get started on your thank you notes before your wedding. (Tackling them after your honeymoon is kind of a drag.) We love these Crane Stationery Letterpress Thank You Cards.
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