30 ;e Costco Connection MARCH 2011 Ryan and Gabrielle Falkner THE CHECKLIST he following items are included in the total average wedding cost. Checkmarks are next to items available through Costco. Attire and accessories Bride and groom accessories Suit (purchased; rented) or tuxedo (purchased; rented) Veil ✓ Wedding dress ✓ Beauty, health and spa Diet, weight loss, gym ✓ Facial, hair and makeup service Manicure and pedicure Teeth whitening ✓ Entertainment DJ or live band Flowers and decorations Boutonnieres, corsages ✓ Bridal and bridesmaid bouquets ✓ Ceremony decorations ✓ Ceremony flower arrangements ✓ Flower girl flowers ✓ Reception decorations ✓ Reception flower arrangements ✓ Reception table centerpieces ✓ Gifts and favors ✓ Gifts for attendants, parents, bride, groom, guests ✓ Invitations Ceremony programs ✓ Guest book ✓ Invitations and reply cards ✓ Reception menus ✓ Save-the-date cards ✓ Table or place cards ✓ Thank-you cards ✓ Jewelry Engagement ring ✓ Necklace, earrings ✓ Wedding bands ✓ Wedding and video Wedding photographer Wedding videographer Planner/consultant Wedding memory album ✓ Photo developing ✓ Transportation Travel for guests ✓ Venue and food Rehearsal dinner (food) ✓ Ceremony location ✓ Ceremony o;ciant Reception location ✓ Reception (beverages) ✓ Reception (food) ✓ Reception rentals (tables, chairs, etc.) Wedding cake ✓ Hotel room for after reception ✓ Honeymoon Vacation packages ✓ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29
WE LIVE ON THREE acres in Columbus, Wisconsin.
We felt that we needed a focal point for the wedding.
Bruce, the father of the bride, wanted a real wood
pergola. So, we purchased the Costco 12' x 12'
Premium Shorea Pergola kit from Costco.com, and
used it as a starting point for our wedding planning.
Bruce built a deck around the pergola and installed
columns to allow for electrical outlets and additional
style. ;e boards on the deck and on the columns
were stained to match the pergola kit. An outdoor
heater was also purchased from Costco for the event.
;e chairs were set on three sides of the pergola for
When the bride and I were shopping at Costco,
we found plastic silver ware that looked like silver for
6 cents each piece. ;e rental company was charging
35 cents for each piece. We decided to go with the
Costco silverware. ;e tables looked beautiful and
the cleanup was much easier. We also purchased
serving trays, spoons, tongs, aluminum foil, plastic
bags and garbage bags for cleanup at Costco.
We chose Costco.com’s 40-piece Wedding Calla
Lily Collection for our wedding party. ;e delivery
came with a DVD and there is an online tutorial
about what to do when the ;owers arrive. Our ;owers arrived on ;ursday, and while we were still taking the boxes into our house to unbox the ;owers, a
telephone call was received from the Costco ;oral
department explaining exactly what we should do
with the ;owers. Now that is customer service!
A;er hearing so many wonderful things about
the Costco bakery, we ordered nine sheet cakes for
the wedding: three chocolate with mousse ;lling,
three vanilla with cheesecake ;lling and three car-
rot cakes. ;e chocolate and vanilla cakes were
totally gone that evening.