As most know, weddings are EXPENSIVE. It’s difficult to find a single wedding vendor with pricing under $1,000 so attempting to have an average sized wedding for under $5,000 is near about impossible these days. Most frugal brides are now aiming to keep the budget under $10,000.
With that in mind, I’ve taken a look at how to reduce costs where you can. This brought me to a search on the best wedding decorations at the best price. Somewhere along the way I stumbled upon Wish. If you are unfamiliar with Wish, it is a retail site that offers products at a highly reduced price.
The products ship from overseas so it takes anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months to receive the items you ordered. And when you receive your package, there is no guarantee that your items will be quality items. It’s a chance that you have to decide if you are willing to take.
I decided to take that chance and test out a few decor items. Half of the items that I ordered ended up being free of charge, I just paid shipping and handling. My order ranged from gift bags to flower garlands. I bought 8 items with a total order cost of $20.95.
I was surprised to see that the reviews for the items that I selected were mostly positive. This gives me a sense of hope that when the items do finally come in the mail, that they’ll be quality enough to use.
So can you order wedding items from Wish? I think it is worth a shot. But if you’re considering taking the risk, here are some tips that I have for you:
1. Stick with decor items and favors. I’ve ordered clothing from wish and each time I knew it was a 50/50 chance that the clothes would be wearable. With that and the shipping time in mind, I would not suggest purchasing your wedding dress from wish. Or even your bridesmaid dresses. And if you do decide to risk it please allow yourself enough time to find an alternative if the order doesn’t work out for you.However, as I browsed Wish for gift bags/boxes, wooden hearts, and faux flowers, I was pleasantly surprised by their options. If you have a long engagement and order early on it could be beneficial for you to order a few things from Wish. It may not seem like you’re saving much money, but decorations can really add up.
2. Order at least 5 months in advance of the wedding. I touched on it above, but it’s a big factor to consider. If you order too close to your wedding date it is highly likely that the product will not arrive in time for your special day. Secondly, if the product comes in and turns out to be a cheap quality, you’ll want time to make a better purchase.
3. There is no way to return things from Wish. I don’t know if this is specifically listed in their policies, but if you are expecting to test a product out and return it if you are unhappy, better stick with Amazon. Wish is so not the place to do that. Since the products ship from overseas, returns are too much of a hassle. I’ve attempted to get a refund one time and even that didn’t pan out. So go into this purchase knowing that you could possibly be losing money here.
4. Read the reviews. It doesn’t matter what the pictures look like. Read the reviews and find a real picture from a real customer. A lot of the product images are photo shopped and misleading. There will usually always be one person who is unhappy about something but if the majority of people speak positively about the product, you might have a better chance of receiving a quality product.
I’m still waiting for the items that I ordered on May 15th. The first item has arrived but I expect the rest to come in slowly. As excited as I am to see these products and judge their quality, I am waiting for all of them to arrive before I open any. I will be doing a live video on my Facebook page as I un-package them all so we can experience it at the same time. So stay tuned!