MY DREAM WEDDING was to get hitched in
Hawaii and to honeymoon somewhere in the South
Paci;c. I had always wanted to stay in a hotel with a
bungalow over the water. Lucky for me, my then
;ancé thought it was a good dream too!
We are a middle-class couple who cannot a;ord
anything crazy, so we thought it was going to be a
long shot to package two destinations together along
with ;ights, car rental and travel insurance.
I called local travel companies; they either tried to
talk me out of our destination wedding idea or the
prices were astronomical. I had arranged travel once
before through Costco Travel, and a;er exhausting
almost all hope decided to just call Costco and see
how expensive it would be and if it was possible to
package two di;erent destination deals together.
Surprisingly, it was not only possible, but several thousands of dollars less than the companies I
had called. I put the travel agent on hold, called
my ;ancé to see if it was OK and booked everything
all at once. We would get married on Kauai and honeymoon in Tahiti. ;e Costco Travel sta; was very
nice, and made accommodations to ensure we had
enough time to catch connecting ;ights. We also
were able to purchase travel insurance. Additionally,
we booked everything on our American Express
Card, which gave us a 2% cash-back bonus.
Alissa and Mike Vaughn
©VILMA BERGENHOLTZ PHOTOGRAPH Y
We had a “rehearsal dinner” at the hotel’s pool,
where my dad and mom barbecued steaks, and had
fresh fruit and salad, all purchased at mainland
prices at—where else—Costco.
Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a
Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget
( Windsor Peak Press 2008)
seemed like Costco was involved in our wedding
planning from the very beginning.
Our foray into wedding planning à la Costco
began with the wedding invitations [through Costco.
com], and a;er those there was no turning back. We
wandered the store while waiting for our engagement
pictures to be printed and planned out the cocktail
hour. We found gi;s for all of the groomsmen and
ushers. Just days before the wedding we returned to
place our cake order.
SCOTT BLACK; MIKEVAUGHN; MEDIA BAKERY
We loved Tahiti, the over-water bungalow, the
sta; and people of the island of Huahine. We would
love to go back to either destination. In fact, our family already wants us to renew our vows to have another
fun family vacation in Kauai. Almost all of our
friends and family who joined us for our wedding
booked their travel through Costco as well.
—Alissa and Mike
And lastly, thanks to Costco, all of our memories
are safely printed in a wedding album designed via
Costco.com. Not only were we able to design our
own album but we also didn’t have to wait, since it
took Costco only three business days to send us our
album. Both the parents of the bride and parents of
the groom are thankful, as they
too received Costco albums. To
say the least, Costco saved us
time, money and, almost most
important, stress. Now if only
Costco sold wedding dresses
... [;ey do!—Ed.]
—Jennifer and Adrian
Peyrot, Grayslake, Illinois
booked their travel through Costco as well. o e .
Vaughn, West Jordan, Utah
IF WE COULD have asked
Costco to be our sixth
groomsman it would have
been a logical choice, as it
THERE ARE MAN Y, many more stories that, if we had room, we would have loved to share.
We’d like to thank all those Costco members who contributed, and wish each couple and their extended families
continued happiness and joy. Their stories proved to us an important lesson: that while you can’t put a price on love, a
Members can find A-to-Z
wedding solutions at Costco
Costco Business Centers,
Costco Travel, 1-Hour Photo
beautiful celebration of love can be achieved at any price.
32 ;e Costco Connection MARCH 2011
the other olive oil (for the Italians). Of course the
olive oil and maple syrup were purchased at
Costco—not only was the price right but the quality
of the product was top-notch!
—Jennifer Giu;rida, New York City, New York
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