Post # 1
After reading several reviews on here and elsewhere I am considering getting my flowers through Costco. Thing is, I don’t have a membership.
I believe the annual membership is $75. Is it worth it for other wedding related stuff?
We could end up purchasing sodas, water, and beer in bulk from Costco if we have a membership. Are those items that much cheaper than a regular grocery store? Do they sell kegs of beer?
I can’t think of anything else we’d use Costco for – no need to buy anything in bulk, so I’m trying to justify the membership.
Post # 3
We are doing this for food for before and after the wedding.
Just find someone with the membership card already and ask them to come shopping with you. If the cashiers hassle you about who is paying just have friend sign your credit card receipt.
Done! …and you didn’t have to buy the membership
Post # 4
I think membership is only $55, actually.
I did find cheap beer prices at Costco (they offer 24 packs, so you get a bigger discount than 12 packs). I think their water/soda is comparable to grocery store sales.
Personally, I think the $55 would probably be worth it to me. I would have spent a lot more than $55 above what I did on flowers if I had ordered through my local florist.
You could also consider getting the $110 “Executive membership” where you get 2% back on all purchases (that will add up if you’re going to spend a lot on wedding stuff). You also get a second card, so you could see if a family member might want to split the cost & use the second card.
ETA: I wrote this assuming you don’t know someone with a membership, otherwise, the above advice is great, we “share” ours all the time 🙂
Post # 5
I have been told by several people that the Costco route for alcohol is a saver. For us we did the math and it did not work out, would have cost us more.
Is there any way you can use someone else’s card? Even if you pay using your visa debit card (they won’t accept any other credit card I don’t believe) you can still use someone else’s membership.
We only go to Costco to buy our Christmas Tree and print photos so for us we borrow my work membership…why pay for using it only a couple times a year?
Post # 6
One thought for you . . . we recently went to Hawaii and used Costco to purchase our hotel and car rental packages. We saved a significant amount of money. So if you haven’t planned your honeymoon yet, that might be one reason for a Costco membership. I also purchase and assembled my flowers (but through Sam’s) and used Sam’s for pre-wedding items such as a barbecue we had for out of town people, and to put together out of town guest bags, etc. It definitely saved us some money overall.
Post # 7
One thing to point out is that costco isn’t just “bulk” items. We are a house of two without a lot of storage space and we still find our costco membership invaluable. The gas is always cheaper. We get seafood, chicken breasts and fruits and veggies there. But again, we cook nearly every meal and eat a lot of produce.
Post # 8
We researched it for flowers, but ended up not finding it more expensive. We don’t buy anything else in bulk so it was kid of useless outside of the weddings. Our wedding planner got us a better deal on flowers.
ETA: Whoops, I assumed flowers. I have no idea about alcohol.
Post # 9
We used our Costco membership for wedding supplies. There was actually a restaurant supply Costco in Vegas that we went to. We got our plates….looked like china but they were disposable. And champagne flutes that everyone thought were real until holding them…some people didn’t want to throw them away. Darling Husband spotted silverware that was plastic and already wrapped in napkins…he’s proud of himself for that one.
We also bought snacks for the reception and the goody bags plus all our alcohol. I think it saved us a ton.
Post # 10
Mine was $55 for two cards, my mom and I just put we live together and split the cost… so really it was like 27… And sooo worth it because that’s were we are getting beer, candy favors, flowers, and little wedding snacks.
Post # 11
Hmm… never considered using a friend’s membership. I will check around to see if any of our friends have one; although, I’d hate to have to drag a friend with me to costco. It’s such a nightmare to shop there. $55 isn’t too bad if I can save a lot on the flowers, so I may just get the membership anyway.
Post # 12
If you are going to buy just alcohol you can get an alcohol pass at the desk before you go in so you can purchase all the alcohol you want also if you order online you do not need a membership card. But i would just rather get a membership with them because there is plenty of stuff you can buy there that will save you a lot in the long run like milk, toilet paper, gasoline, and much much more they have everything.
Post # 13
We are using our costco membership for alcohol, drinks, and snack trays for the wedding party while we are getting ready. Also, costco members gets 25% off at wedding paper divas, so you can use that for invitations and other things you need. They also have good deals on flowers. I love costco!
Post # 14
Can you use coupons at Costco? Like the coupons that come in the Sunday newspaper inserts?
Post # 15
if you buy a Costco gift card you can use that as your membership. Go to customer service desk and buy a Costco gift card for the amount you are wanting to spend and you can use that as your membership to the store.
Post # 16
If you are just making one trip, you can have a friend with a membership get you a gift card next time they go.. I think the minimum is $10. Then you can go by yourself and just show the gift card at the door and apply it to your balance.