Small Business Saturday is a tradition that began, in part, to counteract the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness that once overshadowed small businesses with expensive ad campaigns, early store openings, and other gimmicks that small operations can't accommodate. But now, as the movement to eat and shop local continues to gain traction, Small Business Saturday has become a day to celebrate the small teams nationwide who offer incredible products and services for loyal clients. And it's the absolute perfect day for busy brides to cross off some serious shopping needs.
Thanksgiving is the unofficial start of proposal season, so Small Business Saturday is the perfect time to visit the local vendors who will bake your cake, sell you your dress, take your stunning engagement and wedding photos, and plan the whole thing from start to finish. It's also a great time to pick out those matching (but not embarrassing) t-shirts for your bachelorette weekend, and the gifts you'll give your soon-to-be (or brand new) in-laws for your first holiday season together. It doesn't get more personal than shopping for THE ONE at your local bridal salon and Small Business Saturday is the ideal day to do it.
But because the web offers little context for the thousands of small businesses you could hire for the big day, we've got you covered. If you're looking to support your local businesses this week, start with our Wedding Vendor database, which includes details about each company, reviews from real brides, and photos of their work at other weddings.
Throughout decades of covering real weddings, we've had the pleasure of working with an amazing network of vendors across the country and world who take great pride in being just one piece of the puzzle that is your wedding day. Celebrate Small Business Saturday by searching our network for local vendors, whether you're getting married in your hometown or in a far-flung country.
We hope you will connect with even just one vendor this week who will help make your dream wedding a reality. We'd say that's a Small Business Saturday well spent.