- The bridal industry is struggling across the board. Both Gap and J. Crew nixed their wedding lines in the last few years.
- As younger people want to spend less on their weddings and engagements, the business of bridal stores is in a precarious place.
- We explored Costco — our favorite bulk-item superstore — and made a guide to help you plan the wedding of your dreams on a budget.
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Not everyone can afford an "Instagram-worthy" wedding — especially if they’re paying for it themselves.
Today, that is often the case. A recent TD Ameritrade survey about wedding attitudes in young Americans shows that four in 10 millennials plan to pay for their own weddings.
At the same time, there’s been an overall decline of business at bridal stores. IBISWorld measured that the Bridal Stores industry has grown by zero percent in the last five years. J. Crew ended its bridal line in 2016. Gap followed suit two years later.
Luckily, as usual, Costco has any bride- or groom-to-be covered. From diamond engagement rings to towering wedding cakes, here’s our guide for how to plan a discount wedding from Costco.
Almost every wedding starts with a proposal. At Costco, you can browse through a large selection of diamond engagement rings in different styles and sizes. Prices vary from affordable to extravagant — one customer shelled out $400,000 for a diamond ring at Costco this year.
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You can also browse through a selection of wedding bands for when you actually tie the knot. Customers can choose from a variety of sizes, styles, and colors.
Next up: invitations. The Costco Photo Center has a large selection of wedding invitations sold in bulk. After selecting the color and design, couples can create their own personalized cards to invite people to their special day.
Costco Photo Center
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