(Closed) Canadian Bees – What did you buy across the border?

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Post # 3
12003 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Bri1o:  tagging in because I’m super curious about this too!!

Post # 4
1357 posts
Bumble bee

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
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@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
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We bought our wedding bands there! 

Post # 8
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@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
4950 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
2894 posts
Sugar bee

Did you all buy online or you actually went across the border to go shopping ?

Post # 12
41 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014


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
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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!

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