PLANNING A wedding this year? Or maybe
you know someone who is? Consider adding
one more name to the invite list: Costco.
It’s a marriage made in heaven. Whether
you’re aiming for a DIY affair or just want
to save a few dollars, there are many ways
(and some may be surprising) that Costco
can help on the big day.
Whether you’re shopping for wedding
bands or engagement rings, there may be
something for you in the Costco jewellery
department. Note that the selections at
Costco.ca and at your local warehouse differ.
(For example, if you are looking for a platinum band, you’ll find it online, not in the
warehouse.) Julianna Nowaczek, jewellery
buyer, suggests checking the website and
visiting the warehouse.
One of the most popular rings at Costco
right now is the “halo” style, a ring with a
centre stone surrounded by diamonds. It
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makes the centre stone look bigger. “You
could have a modest diamond, and then, by
adding a halo to it, it ends up substantially
larger,” says Nowaczek. “For the price and
the overall look of the item, it’s a winner.”
Nowaczek recommends that couples do
some research before jumping into a purchase. “They really need to do their
homework as far as understanding
the four C’s of diamonds
[colour, cut, clarity and carat
weight]. They should
understand what they’re
buying,” she says. It
makes sense. This way,
members kno w they’re
getting the best value
and not getting sucked
in by the sparkle.
Looking for gifts
for the maid of honour?
Nowaczek says earrings
and pearls are popular options in the jewellery department. She also suggests
reviewing the collectibles case at your local
Costco, where picture frames and other
gift items are big sellers.
All weddings begin with an invitation.
Sourcing great invitations can be a drain
on the couple’s time and wallet.
This is another area where Costco can
help out. Its stationery designs are fun and
modern—and making your selection is easy
from the comfort of your couch. What’s
more, Costco doesn’t charge a premium
because it’s for a wedding.
Start by going to costco
and checking out the
matching suites of stationery. Available only online,
the suites include everything a couple needs for
a wedding, including
enclosure cards, programs, RSVPs and
thank-you cards; the
pieces can be ordered
individually or as a full
or partial suite. “Members
can expect substantial savings on traditional wedding invitations,”
confirms Rob Day, buyer for the Photo
Centre. Orders are ready in five to eight
Day adds that couples are welcome to
visit their local warehouse to see and touch
samples of all of the wedding products, but
adds that, with ;;;-pound, premium
smooth white card stock, you definitely
can’t go wrong.
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