Nerd Alert: Consumer Reports is my favorite magazine. It has been for as long as I can remember — even back in middle school, when Teen People (RIP) and Seventeen were popular among my friends. Don’t get me wrong, I read thos, too, and I still read a trashy tabloid from time to time, but Consumer Reports is my jam, and that will never change. My stepdad got me a subscription a few months ago, because instead of buying it for myself like a normal person, I just dropped hints for a solid decade that I wanted one. I have to give myself credit for my persistence, really.
I am now Billy Madison one day a month … only way less dirty, and way more nerdy.
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As jazzed as I get every month, I was suuuuper excited about the June issue that arrived last week. There were several wedding-related articles about cheap nuptials, getting more for your money while planning, etc. CR meets a Broke-Ass wedding? Amazing.
I really enjoyed the test they performed about spotting a $10,000 wedding gown. As someone who just purchased her dress (yes, I procrastinated until the very last possible minute), it was timely and relatable. They used five gowns ranging in price from $500 to $10,000, and asked 143 men and women to match the gowns with their retail value.
Turns out, people aren’t very good at figuring out how much various gowns cost. Yes, over half the people were able to pick out the least expensive option, but that was after they got to look at and touch all of them. I am guessing that other than a quick hug, most people at your wedding won’t be feeling up the material of your dress, and they also won’t have four other gowns in front of them to compare it to. The gowns priced in the middle, at $1,100, $3,200 and $6,500, had them all confused. After studying the picture, I did nail the cheapest and most expensive dresses, but I had no idea on the remaining three. And this is coming from someone who just spent a few hours getting up close and personal with gowns very recently. So if you can’t afford a $10,000+ gown? Definitely get over it! Your guests won’t know the difference, and if there is one thing BAB’s most popular column has shown me week after week, it’s that there are tons of gorgeous and amazing dresses available at a very reasonable cost. Yay!
There were also some articles that offered ways to save on popular wedding items, along with advice from planners and other professionals in the industry. One takeaway: Many vendors will charge you more just because your event is a wedding. The same catering or limo package could cost less for an anniversary celebration than for a wedding, even though they are providing the same service. This isn’t earth-shattering news or anything, but what a rage-inducing sham. It just makes it even more important to ask questions and negotiate whenever possible.
We are a year into the planning process, so a lot of their tips were stuff we are already doing or already knew about, but I think it could definitely be helpful for newly engaged couples. It was also fun showing my very budget-conscious fiance, Russel, the articles and saying, “Seeeeeee … we, are totally doing like 27 of the 31 things Consumer Reports says to do!” So that was nice. Hopefully some of their tips will save other Broke-Asses some cash!
Basically, this whole post was me stanning for CR, but they’ve never done me wrong! I am so excited to research every single thing we plan to register for in the very near future.
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