12 Unexpected Wedding Solutions from Zazzle


The personalization of DIY, but without actually having to do it yourself

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

Wedding table settings with invitations on the plate

When you’re shopping online for your wedding, there’s always this nagging worry—will my items arrive on-time and look as beautiful as they did online? I mean, yeah, it’s great to have lots of options, and it’s better if those options are affordable, but you also want those options to be good. And that’s where Zazzle comes in.

From paper goods to decor to gifts and even this sparkly unicorn head (because why not?), Zazzle’s bottom line is if it can be personalized, they either make it or have plans to. Which is what makes them a perfect solution for your #lazygirl wedding needs (as you can see here). But it wasn’t until I had a chance to visit the Zazzle headquarters last month, that I realized the key factor in what makes Zazzle so great is how much they care about the products they make. It’s not just about quantity for them; it’s very much about quality. Here’s what I learned:

  • They keep it local. Almost all of Zazzle’s products are manufactured locally in the Bay Area, just a short drive from their headquarters. So not only are they keeping jobs local, but they also have total oversight on everything they produce.
  • They support designers. While you can customize just about everything on the Zazzle website, they also have a huge marketplace featuring products designed by independent artists, the diversity of which is basically unparalleled online. Want nerdy invites? They’ve got them. Prefer something more traditional? They’ve got those too. And your purchase goes straight to supporting that designer.
  • The quality is good, y’all. Most of my experience with personalized items is of the 5K charity run variety. Which is to say, they do the job. But when Zazzle sent a bunch of products to the office for us to see for ourselves, I was genuinely impressed. Meg and I ended up having to negotiate who got to keep the super soft Zazzle t-shirts that came with our delivery is all I’m saying.

Zazzle is constantly adding new inventory to their product line. In fact, there were at least a dozen things I noticed this month that weren’t even available this time last year. So with that in mind, here are twelve Zazzle products that totally caught me by surprise this month:

Holy affordable invitations, Batman:

Variety of wedding invitations

1. There are plenty of affordable wedding invitations on the market, but Zazzle is easily some of the best bang for your buck. While most of their invites cost less than $2.50 each, they offer steep discounts for volume orders. So ordering one hundred invites nets you a 40% discount. Which if you’re doing the math, is $150. I KNOW. Even their most expensive paper options (which are so nice, y’all), come in at about $200 the same order.

Decor for the Anti DIY-er:

Acrylic cursive cake topper on white cake with red and pink flowers

2. If you like the stuff you see on Pinterest, but feel as though you might actually be allergic to a hot glue gun, Zazzle lets you have it both ways. They’re basically the ultimate destination for #lazygirl personalization. For example, this acrylic cake topper, which you can personalize with your names (or any other two words if you decide to get fancy). ($59)

ampersand marquee sign

3. You know how we’re always talking about one and done decor pieces? Well this marquee sign is that all the way. You an order any combination of letters, eighteen different colors, and even have your initials wired together if you are so inclined. ($150 and up)

vintage map cornhole set on white background

4. For when you want it to seem like you did a lot of work, Zazzle offers these vintage map cornhole sets (also available in a ton of other non-map related designs). Each one is customizable, so you can add your initials, your wedding hashtag, or even upload a totally unique picture for each side. ($212)

faux marble printed paper seating chart

5. There are some parts of wedding decor that are mostly just functional, but it’s okay if you kinda want them to be cute too. That’s why Zazzle makes things like seating charts and other signage that you can personalize without having to actually make the damn thing.

Artisanal Gifts For All Your Besties:

text stamped metallic necklaces of different words and hues

6. There is no rule that says you have to buy gifts for anyone at your wedding. But Zazzle recently added a section of artisanal products that make me want to buy presents for everyone I know. These stamped necklaces are at the top of my list. ($53)

variety of Artisanal chocolate on white background

7. Or for the foodie, there’s these craft chocolate bars that you can customize with hundreds of different flavor options, including bacon bits with sea salt and gold flake OMG. ($6.45 and up)

wooden carrying case and brown beer bottles

8. Or a personalized six pack carrier for that the beer snob in your wedding party. ($57.95)

silver cuff with words on it

9. If you don’t have enough space to say it on a necklace, this quotable cuff is perfect for your inside jokes. ($70)

Swag for you, because you deserve it:

galaxy painted nike ankle sneakers

10. One of the more frustrating aspects of wedding planning is when you have an idea for something and then realize that it just… doesn’t exist anywhere. And then you have to figure out how to make it. And that goes double if your tastes fall outside of the traditional wedding mold. But Zazzle lets you customize a whole range of swag from shoes to shirts and jewelry. I’m particularly feeling these hand-painted Nikes for the person who wants to wear something special on their wedding day, but falls outside of the heels or dress shoes binary. ($290.) Affordable alternative: customizable high tops.
coordinates jewelry

11. There are a plenty of options for personalized wedding mementos, but if you want something that’s a little less obvious than “We said I do” or “Ms. and Ms. Ourlastname” Zazzle offers more subtly personalized mementos like these coordinate cufflinks and necklaces. ($58; $80)

fresh out of fucks mug

12. This mug. For when you are. ($16.99)

Click HERE to browse Zazzle’s full selection of wedding ideas and gifts!

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • I loooove Zazzle. We did the “pay $10, get free shipping” deal during the last couple months of our wedding planning and it was so worth it. We got return address labels, rehearsal dinner invites, and a bunch of stuff for our favors.

  • tunagood

    WTF APW? Why are half of all articles on here shameless advertising these days? How does a paragraph like “6. There is no rule that says you have to buy gifts for anyone at your wedding. But Zazzle recently added a section of artisanal products that make me want to buy presents for everyone I know. These stamped necklaces are at the top of my list. ($53)” fit in with your ethos? “APW is focused on creating a culture that supports laid-back, feminist weddings. All that stuff wedding media tells you that you have to have? We think you don’t have to have it (unless you actually want it). And we don’t believe that all those things people tell you are traditions actually are traditional. Our wedding content is a mix of real wedding stories sharing what couples learned, how-to’s, and personal essays normalizing the messy reality of wedding planning.” I don’t think so.

    • Amy March

      How does “there is no rule that says you have to buy gifts for anyone at your wedding” not fit into an ethos of “we don’t think you have to have it unless you actually want it?”

      I thought this sponsored post fit particularly well into the site, actually, and had a lot of interesting tips.

    • Jessica

      In my opinion, reading about services offered for weddings (which I’m no longer planning one) in exchange for APW being able to pay kick ass writers, editors and contributors is well worth it. Paid advertising means APW as a company is getting paid, and we get to continue enjoying great articles and discussions sans paywall.

  • Be_tandy

    Zazzle has some interesting products, but I had such a bad customer service experience with them this Christmas that I would never recommend them to anyone (especially if you are, say, on a deadline and need the details to be correct).

  • Cellistec

    The guacamole necklace. YES.

  • Keri

    We got the faux-gold branchy blue ones in the bottom row of that top image, with the standard paper option, with a discount. I can’t speak to the paper quality of the more expensive options, but I would say the standard is the same as Vistaprint. So basically, fine. For some reason, the RSVP response cards seem to be a nicer/sturdier paper than the invitations themselves. But we liked them well enough that we ordered the same ones again when our venue got changed (but also, laziness.) I’ve seen them on groupon too, but if you watch the site, the discounts are pretty regular and probably the same as the groupon.

  • Heather Hammel

    I love Zazzle! I’ve ordered clothing on there as well, including shirts for the dogs! And I definitely already planned on ordering Save-the-Dates and Wedding Invitations from there.

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