It’s that time of year! What’s that, you say? Thanksgiving time? No – it’s Black Friday planning time!
My love of Black Friday shopping is pretty well known around these parts, but all secular and moral debate aside, it’s a great ‘holiday’ for brides who think outside of the box and want to save some extra cash for the honeymoon.
For my wedding in Jamaica, I planned ahead and purchased a 3-piece luggage set on Black Friday for $20 to use to haul my wedding goods down to the Caribbean. Last year, I scoped out the sales and scored a 7-inch portable DVD player for $45 – I gave it to my niece, but it would be awesome way to display a slideshow of photos of the bride and groom on the guestbook table. One of my favorite Black Friday stores, Menards, usually has jar candles for $3 each that would be great centerpiece fillers. You can also find some great gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen, from jewelry and perfume to movie box sets and remote control helicopters.
Not to despair, newlyweds – there are deals for you, too! Even though you can’t take advantage of Black Friday with your wedding preparation, you can totally use those Bed Bath and Beyond and Macy’s gift cards to cash in on that holy grail of all bridal registries – the KitchenAid stand mixer (only $180 this Black Friday at Macys!).
My favorite ad tracker to use for Black Friday shopping is http://www.blackfriday.info/. They have a nice, easy to navigate menu, they list the times that the stores open, and they allow you to build a shopping list – they’re even starting to build their ad pages for 2011. Now that I have given you the inspiration and the tools, go forth and stay warm. May the force be with you.