Would you look for, or even buy a wedding dress from Costco?
I have to say it sounds strange, but I shop at Costco all the time and buy name brand items (albeit in bulk) with a nice little discount. My only question is, will brides be ready to give up the pampering they get while “saying yes to the dress”, or paying 60% of the retail price make the cold concrete floors & steel cargo shelves of Costco feel as warm as a boutique.
It will be interesting to see how Costco handles the final point of sale. Will they have a dedicated sales person like they do for cell phones & cigarettes? or will it be like the pile of clothes they currently sell in the middle of the store?
Either way, brides-to-be will find out soon as a partnership with wedding dress designer Kirstie Kelly, will have her Signature collection of wedding dresses on sale at Costco.
A Kirstie Kelly wedding dresses can run as high as $4,000, but it looks like Costco will be selling six different dresses priced between $699- $1,399 (not sure if that $4,000 dress is part of the deal).
3. The Photographer
The Dress - Honestly if the bride doesn’t fell like the most beautiful/important woman at her own wedding, people will know. It will show up in photos, videos and the bride sets the tone for how the guests behave and in general whether or not everybody is having a good time.
Brides, this does not mean you need a $50,000 D&G one of a kind dress. It just means you need to be happy and comfortable with what you’re wearing. If you have somebody with you whose opinion you value, take stock in what they think, but go with your gut whether it’s the first, or 20th dress you’ve tried on.
About half the brides I shot in 2008 got their dresses at David’s Bridal (unpaid plug). And I’ve seen everything from designer dresses to individual one of a kinds ( OnlyJangMi.com shameless plug for my wife’s web site), but once the dress goes on and brides see themselves in a mirror, they know why this is number 1.
The Location - I’ve seen backyard weddings that are beautiful and Luxury Hotel Receptions that are awfully tacky or bland. While renting out Millennium Park in downtown Chicago might not be an option for most of us, intimate or unique locales also set a tone for your wedding.
In a sense your wedding is as much about the day as it is about remembering the day. Is your location something that people will be talking about? Do you feel that it’s a perfect setting for your perfect day? Or is it more of a place of convenience?
Finally, will it add to, detract from, or be a non-factor in your wedding photos? Which brings us to the third most important thing.
The Photographer - Yes, I do seem a little biased on this third most important factor, but honestly it’s true. Your wedding photos will live on long after you do. Family tree albums, anniversaries. Wedding photos of deceased grandparents have been displayed at many welcome tables at weddings. The only other thing that last as long if not longer than your photos are the rings.
Not everybody you want will be able to attend your wedding, they will however want to see images from that day. You will of course want to see images from that day too, but often some of my couples’ favorite photos take place before the ceremony, or in the little moments between. Having the day documented and also having formal group photos to go along with that is the key to why photography is #3 on the list.
If you think of your wedding as just a “Day” event, then food and band selection might be more important to you, but if you realize that a wedding actually will come to symbolize so much more than just one day, you’ll make decisions based your feelings in the future.