Post # 1
Hey Canadian Bees!! I am wondering if anyone saved a lot of money buy purchasing items for their wedding in the US vs. here in Canada. If so – what tips could you give!? I am headed to the states in just a few weeks and trying to make a list.
Post # 3
@Bri1o: tagging in because I’m super curious about this too!!
Post # 4
Pretty much everything is cheaper because of the lower taxes, so anything you can buy there will save you a bit of money.
I wish I could buy all the alcohol for the reception there and smuggle it in, that would save me hundreds! 😛
Post # 5
@Bri1o: I live very close to the border, so I’ve been doing some major shopping over there. I actually bought my wedding dress there bc David’s Bridal in Toronto didn’t carry the style # I wanted to try on. I had to pay duty on it, so it wasn’t a whole lot cheaper, BUT I got it about 4 months SOONER than if I had purchased it in Canada! Hobby Lobby is also worth a look if you’re planning on doing a lot of DIYs. – WAY cheaper than Michaels.
I also bought my Swarovski earrings in the states for $150 no tax as opposed to $160 +hst so you can save a little with accessories as well.
Good luck, happy shopping 🙂
Post # 6
We bought our wedding bands there!
Post # 7
@MissGemini: I live very close to the border too(near London)! I go over often, but actually have a trip planned with my BMs to look at BM dresses and am trying to gather a list. I shop in the states ALL the time (we also have family in Utica/Sterling Heights MI) and have actually never been to a Hobby Lobby store. They are on my list to visit! Thanks for the tips 🙂
@Pinkmoon: Oh really!? Good savings? We had planned to go to the local jeweler where my FI got my engagement ring but maybe looking in the states would be a good idea!
Post # 8
@Bri1o: Yah, I think so! We got his ring for a penny. Yes, a penny. It’s stainless steel. My micropave was $300, so I think that’s pretty good. I got it at a diamond outlet.
Post # 9
My engagement ring was much less expensive even with shipping, my wedding band was about $1000 cheaper, my shower dress was much less expensive than anything here (I got is for $45 as opposed to the approx $150 minimum for a cocktail dress here), we got jars for the candy buffet which were about 1/3 of the cost of something equivalent here.
Post # 10
Did you all buy online or you actually went across the border to go shopping ?
Post # 11
@NauticalDisaster: I would guess they actually went? I find that usually the shipping/duty to have things shipped across the border barely makes it work it to do it like that.
Post # 12
I just got back from the US on Tuesday. I go often as the nearest US shopping location is under an hour away.
Are you having flower girls? I picked up dresses for my flower girls for $30 each at Burlington Coat Factory. I also picked up some fillers for my centerpieces on clearance at Michaels for $2/medium sized bag ($5 here). I also got a candy bar vase for $7 with a coupon (regular $25 up here). I would also check out TJ Max depending on what you are thinking.
My bridemaids are getting their dresses from the US, they were $200 plus tax here, and $145 in the US. When I was looking at wedding dresses, the dress I was interested in was only $50 cheaper – which isn’t saving anything when you factor in exchange and duty.
Post # 13
I purchased my wedding dress in the US. I could also get the dress in Canada and I debated if it was worth the hassle but I figured even with adding the exchange/duty I would save a couple hundred dollars so I went for it.
When I went back down to pick it up when it arrived the border security agent at the desk asked what I was bringing back into Canada and when I explained that it was my wedding dress, he tore up the paper and told me to consider it his wedding gift to me. I thanked him profusely and high tailed it out of there before he could change his mind!
So I definitely made the right choice in buying in the US. Saved even more than I thought I would!