adds St-Cyr. “We go where we see value for
Here’s a great tip. When you’re booking
your honeymoon, make sure you mention
it in the comments of the booking form.
“We’ll try to get you some extra perks!”
The best weddings are really just a great
party in disguise. It’s a chance for friends
and family to get together, raise a glass to
the bride and groom, make some memories—and eat cake. Whether you want to
replace a traditional tiered cake or just add
more cake to your menu, sheet cakes are
inexpensive and cheerful additions to any
wedding or reception. They’re a great value
too, especially for larger groups. Just ask at
The DIY-inclined might consider ordering a sheet cake and adding their own topper, such as fresh, non-toxic flowers that
match the bride’s bouquet (just wrap the
stems in cellophane first) or a creative take
on the traditional bride and groom figurines. Dessert bars and cookies are available
at Costco too (hello, triple chocolate!), and
by the case. Cookies are a great late-night
snack with coffee and make a sweet
addition to a bridal shower as well.
This roundup barely scratches
the surface of all of the products
and services that could make
wedding planning a little easier and less expensive. All it
takes is a little imagination
to see how Costco can fit
into the big day. C
When my husband and I got married,
we chose the photos we liked, and those are
the ones that were printed and are now kept
in one precious wedding album. The photos
we didn’t buy have been lost. Thankfully,
the photography aspect of weddings has
changed drastically since those days. For
the most part, photos are no longer film,
but digital. Many photographers now document the big day and provide digital files.
So that begs the question: What are the
newlyweds supposed to do with a few hundred photos? The answer, says Day, is a
premium hardcover photo book. It’s fully
customizable and makes a great keepsake.
As a bonus, it makes a thoughtful thank-you gift for parents and the new in-laws.
Just upload your photos to costcophoto
centre.ca and build it from there. It’ll be
ready in ;; to ;; business days.
Why should couples consider Costco
for their wedding flowers? “Weddings are
expensive, and everyone’s looking to save
money,” says Tracy Eberley, assistant buyer
for online florals at Costco.ca. “We can offer
members a higher-tier, higher-quality bou-
quet or collection of flowers at the best
There are many gorgeous ready-to-go
floral arrangements online, and there’s
nothing easier than clicking, buying, trim-
ming the stems and putting them on dis-
play. Bulk flowers are another option for
the DIY-minded. By making their own bou-
quets and centrepieces, the couple gets
exactly what they want and saves some
extra money along the way. With
bulk flowers, you can buy
filler greens separately
or go for high impact
with straight-up blooms.
should look for updates online
later in the spring. According
to Eberley, ;;-packs of corsages
and boutonnieres (containing
eight of each) will be among the
first new additions to the website.
Did you know that members can
place special orders in the fresh-flower
area at their local Costco? Just ask the
floral specialist by the flower coolers.
These flower pros are ready to take couples through all of the options available
for their big day.
“As long as they give us at least two
weeks we can get almost anything within
season, in different varieties and colour,”
says Chris Sorgard, a buyer for Costco’s
From cakes and ;owers to invitations and
decorations, Costco offers a variety of items
to help make your special day even better.
lawn and garden program. If you are looking
for something special, just ask.
The floral folks are happy to share
expert advice and ans wer any questions you
might have. Look for them during the day
on Saturdays and weekdays before ;:;; p.m.
There is definitely an advantage to
booking through Costco Travel rather than
with a regular travel agent or booking yourself online. “It’s about value,” says Costco
travel supervisor Karine St-Cyr.
In the case of Costco, add-ons make the
difference, especially for cruises. “If you’re
a Costco member, you’ll get more value, or
add-ons,” says St-Cyr. “You might get a
Costco Cash card, or shipboard credit, or
As for other vacation packages, these
aren’t charters. “You basically create your
own package,” says St-Cyr.
This affords maximum flexibility, since
travellers aren’t bound to the days and times
of a charter vacation package. Costco holiday packages also often include room
upgrades, Costco Cash cards for members
and maybe a bottle of wine in your room,
All available packages are listed online
at Costco.ca under “Travel,” where members can build their own vacation
packages for a select number of
destinations. “We don’t
Photo books are a great
keepsake for all members
of the wedding party.