From Shopping Aisle to Wedding Aisle. That is the message that Costco is sending to couples about their weddings in a new campaign and catalog. You can find everything from the invitations, to the flowers, the rings, the honeymoon and The Dress! You can also find lawn mowers, seafood, produce, baked goods, cleaning products, gardening tools, air conditioners, etc! What a way to plan a wedding?! I am still trying to get my head around the idea. I know that times are hard- my business has been greatly affected by the economy. But, do you really want the most important day of your life to be planned from a wholesale warehouse?! I saw a clip on GMA the other morning about this and the reporter came onto the set in a wedding gown with a shopping cart full of toilet paper and Lysol! Give me a break. Weddings should be more special than that. The gowns are the
Kirstie Kelly Signature Collection. There are only about six styles and they are not bottom dollar cheap. It is bad enough that Vera Wang is selling a collection at David's Bridal and that true talent is going down the tubes because of the cheap imitations that are available at places like David's Bridal and the intranet. But, this is really setting a new low for the wedding industry as a whole. Maybe it is me, but who would plan a wedding like this? I have worked with many brides on a budget. But, they had weddings with real vendors. How can the industry survive with this kind of stuff? I am appalled and REALLY confused. Ladies- I have warned of this before, but here it is again from eWednews. True bridal professionals are being hurt by this kind of imitation. And, YOU are the ones suffering the most. They say that "imitation is the truest form of flattery". But, if your wedding is ruined by cutting corners in too many places, is it worth it? This article on knock off wedding gowns is more evidence of the way that a bride is the real victim of imitators. Your wedding is a memory that you will have for a lifetime. Cherish the planning as much as the day and don't settle for seconds when you can have more. Think about looking back in 25 years- do you REALLY want to remember smelling cheese and tires when you went for your fittings? I hope not. You can have a beautiful wedding- even on a budget. I have helped many girls do it! I can help you too.