4/5 Real Bride Valerie: Shopping Local-ish

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Affiliate Disclaimer NewSomething that we value is shopping local or independent retailers when we’re able. We love supporting the Milwaukee economy and I’ve sort of made it a personal wedding mission. Obviously, most people’s wedding photographers or florists are local, but I thought I’d share a rundown of how we’re supporting local or other independent vendors elsewhere.

  • Dress: While Maggie Sottero is an international designer, I was able to support a local business, Eva’s Bridal, and provide 20 cans for our local Hunger Task Force through a promotion they had running at the time.
  • Dress Accessories: I recently purchased my first dress accessory! I am accessorizing my dress with a belt purchased through an independent seller on Etsy. Check it out below! I am absolutely in love! I think it’ll add a great pop of color.


Sash available from Etsy seller BridalSashbyTania


  • Invitations: We’re in the process of sampling some amazing designs from Minted, who also supports independent designers. Invitations have probably been one of the hardest decisions so far, because literally, I love them all. Here’s the front runner at the moment:
invitation_sampleGeometric Border Foil Pressed Wedding Invitation from Minted

I am really excited to keep this trend going! Our favors will be little jars of jam my mom is making and we’re looking into hotel gift bags that are filled with all local products. (Cheese! Beer!)

How are the rest of the BABs out there shopping local?

Valerie Bruce is a Real Bride Contributor for The Broke-Ass Bride. Shameless Wisconsinite, die-hard Packers fan, and forever Milwaukee-proud. Content Strategist, Fitbit-er, and a super slow, yet persevering, runner. Oxford comma enforcer and crafter extraordinaire. Eater, quasi-chef, and food Tweeter. Tweet along @eatinginmke.