I’m a wedding expert – the items it pays to thrift & those you NEED to buy new, from your dress to decor

CELEBRATING your wedding can be expensive, but picking through your local thrift store can help save you a pretty penny prepping for your big day.

Luckily, wedding experts shared with Insider the items you should thrift for your wedding, and which you need to buy new.


Sean Oblizalo, the wedding and elopement planner for Vows and Peaks, told Insider that brides should definitely try and thrift a veil for their wedding ceremony.

He recommended checking online or at secondhand bridal shops for an already-used veil.


Share the Lovely is a secondhand bridal shop owned by Bonnie Gringer, who told Insider that thrifting your wedding dress could save you hundreds, if not thousands, on your big day.

"Why spend $3,000 on a dress when you can buy the same dress for under $1,000?"


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Gringer also told Insider to opt for secondhand table cloths and linens.

She said this will make it so much more affordable to decorate your reception and you won't have to stress about keeping your fancy, expensive linens spotless.


To spice up your look at an affordable price, Gringer recommended buying preowned jewelry to wear on your wedding day.

"You can buy like-new pieces of wedding jewelry for a fraction of the original cost, which can save you a lot when shopping for bridesmaids and backups," she told Insider.

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She said to consider thrifting any tiaras, brooches, barrettes, or hairpins for the bride and her bridesmaids.


Whether you need to frame photos, decor, or directional signs for guests, weddings call for a number of decorative frames.

For just a few dollars, Gringer recommended checking thrift stores for vintage or antique frames to display on the big day.

If you can't find sets of matching frames at the thrift store, she said you can use mismatched frames as long as they match the color scheme.


Save big on your special day by thrifting chairs for your wedding, according to the wedding expert.

"Furniture is ultra-expensive to purchase at retail, but thrift stores may have what you need for your wedding at a much lower cost," Gringer told Insider.


One of the most expensive parts of a wedding can be flower bouquets.

"You can actually thrift artificial flowers that are cheaper than traditional bouquets and are 'leave no trace'-friendly for outdoor weddings," Oblizalo told Insider.


To add a personal touch to your wedding decor, Oblizalo recommended thrifting dishes and tableware.

When the wedding is over, he said you can keep the dishes to reuse them in the future or make money back by reselling them.


On the other hand, Gringer insisted that paper materials such as guest books and paper decorations should be bought brand new.

Gringer told Insider that reusing paper goods can make them look old and torn, rather than


To avoid safety hazards, Gringer said to skip out on buying secondhand appliances.

"Thrifted appliances can be unsafe as well as unsanitary," she told Insider.

"Appliances may be hiding burned-out motors or faulty wiring."


If you're looking to make up your cocktail lounge with decorative pillows or give guests blankets during an outdoor ceremony, Gringer said to buy these items new.

She told Insider that buying secondhand pillows and blankets risks inviting bedbugs to your special day.


Finally, Gringer also suggested avoiding buying any reused crystal tableware.

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"Antique crystal glasses, decadents, and other vessels were likely made using outdated safety standards," she told Insider.

Insider reported that these old pieces of crystal can contain 32% or more lead oxide, which if transferred to your drink can cause health issues.

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