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The Costco Wedding Dress: Could You Do It?

Let me preface this by setting the record straight: I love Costco.

As a petite frugalista with grandparents who lived through war and poverty and parents who rewash Ziploc bags, Costco was my foray into American consumerism and budget shopping. Much of my childhood was spent meandering through the welcoming aisles of the warehouse, generously helping myself to delectable food samples and expanding my nerdy book collection in the Costco book section. Where else can you buy a ginormous box of Playtex tampons, a party platter of California rolls, Rolex watches and coffins all in one place? (Yes, I’ve purchased all of the aforementioned…well, minus the Rolex and the coffin.)

Sure, many folks rely on Costco for super-sized peanut butter jugs and cleaning supplies, but I’ve looked to Costco for clothes, jewelry and other fashion items that one may not necessarily turn to Costco for. So, while I had heard rumors that Costco sold wedding dresses, I was surprised to see a wedding dress on display at my local Costco.

Don’t get me wrong. There wasn’t anything wrong with the dress. In fact, it was quite pretty. Yet, there’s something about seeing a pretty wedding dress against a tawdry red curtain next to people returning toilet cleaning supplies that made me go, “No freaking way.”

I get clothes all the time at Costco, thrift stores, no-name stores, etc. And in general, I’m indifferent to labels and designers as long as I like what I see. Yet, there’s something about getting my wedding dress at Costco that turns me off, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. I mean, much like designer capsule collections that are oh-so-vogue these days, Costco’s bridal line is “designer,” and it’s not as if the dresses have a scarlet “C” written across the bodice.

Would you buy your wedding dress at Costco?

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Friday 24th of January 2014

Sure I would! If they had something exactly similar to something I wanted, why would I give additional money to someone else? From what I saw, so many 'designer' dresses - and some pretty big names - are manufactured in China. Once you get to a price point above 4-5K, and for some designers, even higher - you might get some that are produced locally or in Europe.

Besides, saving money on the dress means you can either re-direct that money elsewhere (upgrade your cake) or save it, or go on a nicer honeymoon, and no one will know but you. And even if anyone else knew, what does it matter? A person isn't judged by where they shop, and if there were, someone would laud someone at being clever and smart with their money.

Back in the day it was called industriousness


Monday 16th of July 2012

Interesting concept but, no, definitely not. Lauren at xo


Sunday 15th of July 2012

In one word: no.


Saturday 14th of July 2012

I'm already married, so hopefully won't ever need to buy a gown again. But if they had the style I wanted, I don't see why not buy it from Costso. The one in your picture is actually pretty cute. I bought my gown on eBay, sight unseen, and just tailored the hell out of it after it was received. I imagine you'd need to do the same with these gowns.

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