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. 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, bioandchic.com.
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Cuff links 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" in Silver, $25, "Howling Wolf" in Gold, $29, "Camera" in Sterling Silver, $100, and "Port Hole" in Rose Gold, $30, cuff-daddy.com.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.