PHOENIX – A wedding can be one of the most important days for a couple. Most brides can spend months even years planning and usually dig a deep hole into their finances. However, this bride took an alternative method in wedding planning and saved thousands of dollars by shopping online.
Ashley Hicks tied the knot with her now-husband Tre Hicks in June. The Hicks’ big day only cost the pair about $3,000 and it was all thanks to Amazon.
A report by The Knot states that the average wedding in the U.S. can total up to about $34,000. That is a lot of dough.
Though the bride was leaning towards going all out for the big day, the groom had different ideas.
“My husband is in finances so he wanted to keep the budget small,” Ashley told Your Phoenix CW in a phone interview.
This is where a wedding planner came in. The couple hired Natalie Duncan who then suggested they look online for their wedding necessities. Plus, with Amazon offering great deals on shipping, it was perfect for their short engagement.
Tre popped the question to Ashley in February and the two had a hold on a church for their ceremony the following June. This only left a few short months to get everything together. So they sought out to see what Amazon could do.
A majority of the wedding decor, apparel and gifts all came from Amazon, the online retailer.
The bride found deals on almost everything from the bride’s shoes, bridesmaid dresses, groom’s suspenders, jewelry, table settings, wedding party robes, and even the bride’s dress.
Before purchasing most of the items online, Ashley went to stores that had similar products and checked them out before she hit the “add to cart” button. She tried on a dress with the style she liked, a mermaid gown with lace, and found a similar one online for just $100.
With the current rise in online shopping, it is no shock that party planners look to online retailers for their long list of supplies.
“Do not spend all your money in one place. It is not just one day it is the rest of your life. The people at your wedding are there for you not what you have on” Ashley Hicks told Your Phoenix CW.
The bride now has a YouTube channel which will host videos with their tips and tricks on how she and her husband saved money.