Canadian Brides in United States

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I think it’s quite popular… but we decided against it. The paperwork is a hassle enough when marrying here, so to make sure all our ducks were in a row was just too much of a pain lol.

If we had a fancier wedding and a planner or someone to help us with the process then maybe… but we just figured we’d continue taking trips to the US as we always do, and get married here in Canada.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I ordered my dress from a US website. It wasn’t specifically a wedding dress, though… just a white dress.

My guess would be that those who live closer to the border are more likely to buy wedding stuff from the US (like by physically going there). It’s very common for Canadians to snap up the cheaper US goods.. especially when our dollar is strong.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Thanks, and no problem… there are quite a few Canadian brides on the bee, hopefully some more will answer.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I found some decorations for my wedding that were WAY cheaper (like $0.99/each instead of $9.99 in Canada, plus free shipping rather than paid shipping), so I ordered everything online, sent it to a friend’s parents house in Arizona, and my parents brought everything back for me on a trip to Scottsdale. 

I bought my dress in Canada, but I had three friends (all Canadian) fly from Alberta to Palm Springs to buy their wedding dresses.

And I have known several Canadians who have gotten married in Hawaii, as well as two weddings in Vegas.  I also have a friend who is a bridesmaid for a wedding in Miami. So it happens quite a bit I believe 🙂

Oh! And one last thing – because alcohol is so much cheaper in the states, for my brother’s wedding, the boys did a golf trip to Montana, bought all the booze for the wedding, and then just paid duties when coming back to Canada. It probably saved about $6,000 on alcohol costs.

 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m Canadian and DH (and DS) are dual citizenship. We had a Maui DW- I bought my dress here, shoes online from an overseas website and took everything with us to Maui. It was perfect!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m a Canadian and bought my wedding dress in the states! We are getting married in Canada. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think it’s pretty uncommon except in the case of special wedding destinations like Hawaii and Vegas.  It’s REALLY common for Canadian’s to have destination weddings in Mexico and the Caribean though.  Since many Canadian’s go there on vacation and see what a fantastic deal it is, it’s something people up here are quite use to.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @cnchase:  I think a fair number of Canadians get married on Destination Weddings (many in the USA) or by Eloping

Canadians in general are a well travelled bunch (lol blame it on the weather)

I know many couples who have chosen to marry abroad (Southern USA or the Caribbean / Mexico) during our Winter Months

And I’ve known couples that have married in many great places in the USA the remainder of the year as well when on vacation… Christmas Holidays – Ski Getaways – Summer Vacation – or enjoying the Autumn Leaves

Mr TTR & I got married last Christmas in the Southern USA… it was great… and in Florida a lot easier / cheaper than here at home (lol, and a H3LL of a lot warmer too Laughing )

PS… Your WBee Profile says you are Vermont… I have known quite a few couples who have gone to that State to marry… it is a popular spot year-round cause it has soooo much to enjoy, makes for a great combo Elopement / Destination Wedding & Honeymoon combo

 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Re – Wedding Shopping

Things are cheaper in the USA generally than Canada… and we also pay more tax.

As you guys have over 10x the population, you also have a lot more choice / selection / variety than we do

Canadians have been cross-border shopping in the USA a good part of my life (and I am over 50)

When we shop in the USA, our purchases are subject to Duty and Taxes… and still it makes most items still cheaper than they can be got here.

For my own Wedding… Mr TTR & I bought quite a few things in the USA (on our way thru to our Destination Elopement):

Plain ERing (Zales) – the Slip for under my Wedding Dress (David’s Bridal) – Headpiece (David’s Bridal) – Inexpensive Wedding Costume Jewellery (JC Penney) – Mr TTR’s Wedding Attire (Tommy Bahama).  Figure we saved at least half of what these things would have cost us back home… that is if we could find them / source them at all.

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m Canadian and we got married in Montana last summer! It wasn’t difficult at all, we just had to make sure to get the marriage license ahead of the wedding and that was about it. My family has a vacation place down there so we were able to go once ahead of the wedding to meet with the various vendors so that definitely helped. I got my dress here in Canada and the majority of everything else for the wedding except for some of the decorations.Overall I didn’t find it difficult to plan a wedding there.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My fiance and I will be getting married in Utah. We absolutely love the nature and scenery there, so much so that we’ve made 3 trips there within the past year, so it’s perfect for us.

I plan on looking for wedding stuff in Canada but then will make a couple trips down to the US (I’m 2 hours away from Buffalo and 3 from Detroit so it’s a nice weekend escape) to see if I find more selection or get a better deal.

 

 

 

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