Spoiler: weddings are an excuse to buy all the things. Stacks up on stacks of bridal magazines & books are a given (My favourites: WeddingBells, WedLuxe, Martha Stewart Weddings), but did you know there are lots of other cute, generally un-justifiable things you can buy only for the year you’re engaged? I’m a sucker for anything personalized so I’m using my left-hand bling as an excuse to pick up every keepsake and almost-too-twee accessory I can get my hands on.
A striped tee you can only wear for the next year
Things emblazoned with “bride” or “bride-to-be” may only have a closet shelf life of about a year, but they’re adorable. You’ll lose your excuse to wear it post-honeymoon, but it’s a fun addition to your wardrobe while you can enjoy it. This striped bride tee from J. Crew is 25% off until March 3 (use the code LOVE), so there’s no better time than the present to get your paws on it.
An overpriced but beautiful wedding planner binder
I’m huge on keepsakes, so finding a binder to keep all my wedding planning organized while also turning into a mini-scrapbook of the lead up to the big day was a priority for me. After fellow 2015 bride-to-be Brigid took the plunge on this pricey-but-lovely Sugar Paper for J. Crew binder, I took the bait and did the same. While it won’t do much in terms of actually helping you plan (beyond keeping things in one place) it will be a beautiful keepsake for years to come. It’s covered in textured grey fabric, stamped with gold foil and has letterpressed gold foil dividers.
That Bride / Mrs. Hanger you keep seeing on Pinterest
Many things on Pinterest can be unattainable when it comes to planning, but that adorable customized wedding dress hanger is not. Buy it on Etsy and save it for the big day. You can also pick them up for your maids’ dresses!
Anything from the Hanky Panky Bridal Collection
Hanky Panky`s Bridal Collection is the easiest way to pick up bridal lingerie, whether it`s for yourself or as a gift. The stretchy, luxe lace is incredibly forgiving and many items come in one-size-fits-most. Magic! They have amazing options for Honeymoon Lingerie and the wedding day, along with amazing gift options the Bride & Mrs. Thong Set is perfect). Want to treat your maids? You can also pick up adorable personalized items for your entire bridal party for the bachelorette and wedding day.
A just-married iPhone case
For the slightly nerdy and sentimental among us, orchestrating an iPhone case swap to this adorable Kate Spade Just Married one is a cute addition to your big day. Not only would it make a great photo prop, it’s just plain fun. Kate Spade has a ton of bridal items from shoes to bags that are worth a peek.
Now that you know what’s on my bridal wishlist, what’s on yours? As an apology for encouraging you to buy these ridiculous but oh-so-fun items, here’s a photo of me from Ines Di Santo‘s fashion show circa 1991. I’m wearing a custom flower girl dress by Ines and apparently full of cooties.