One bracelet + two very different prices = Wedding gouging

8 Feb

So we all know weddings cost a ton.

But they wouldn’t cost *as* much if certain sellers didn’t take advantage of couples stuck paying for wedding fees.

So many corporate Christmas parties or fundraising dinners cost $50 per person on a Saturday night. A wedding costs double or more. Same amount of food, decorations, same party. A wedding costs more for some unknown reason.

Take this bracelet I bought recently. I got it at an independent jewelry store in downtown Toronto for $20. Just bought it because I liked it, not to wear at the wedding or anything. A few weeks later, I saw it at the wedding dress store for $75. That’s almost quadruple the price.

I probably could’ve bought it in Chinatown for $5

Yes, a $55 difference for the EXACT same thing. It’s pretty cheap quality. I wouldn’t pay more than $20 for it.

The wedding dress store was selling it for half price one-day only, which would’ve made it $37.50, but you miss that day, and you’ll pay out the nose. And regardless, $37.50 is still $17 more than you’d have to pay if you bought it at a non-wedding related store like I did.

So moral of the story is, see if there’s something you like a wedding stores, but comparison shop before you fork out the cash. You might find the exact same thing, but at a store that doesn’t have  the words “wedding” or “bridal” plastered all over it. And it could cost 4 times less too.


6 Responses to “One bracelet + two very different prices = Wedding gouging”

  1. Envy by Design February 8, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    Great post… and I must say, I totally agree with you. As a wedding professional myself I see a lot of this going on, which is why I have chosen the “fair and affordable” route… In today’s world, most brides (and couples) are well informed, and they know when they are being taken for a ride. But there are still many out there who unfortunately are taken advantage of, without even the slightest bit of knowledge. So yes – I recommend doing your homework… comparison shop until you drop. Or – hire a wedding planner to do it for you!

    • unhappybride February 8, 2011 at 4:41 am #

      Great advice for everyone! Also, I would’ve totally hired a planner if we could afford it!

    • Admin February 8, 2011 at 11:22 am #

      I totally agree as well. Time and time again there is gouging going on by wedding vendors. Unfortunately most of us get tarred by the same feather. I watched it unfold for over 20 years, and personally I don’t know where these vendors get off. Wish more brides were savvy about who really is fair in the industry.

      • unhappybride February 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

        Do you have any advice as to how someone can find out who is really fair and who isn’t?

    • Alyx February 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

      So true! I’m not planning a wedding yet, but my understanding is that a wedding planner will be worth their fee as they should save you at least that much in the negotiations and knowing where the best deal is. For smaller weddings, even if the fee doesn’t break even, it’s worth the cost to know that a) you’re not being taken for a ride thanks to the “wedding” title and b) your wedding planner will make sure nothing is left unplanned. I will never forget my friend (the groom) having to write a cheque to the caterer at the end of the reception. 😦


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