Best Black Friday Ever signFrom bridal dresses to party favors, get ready for markdowns

Have you heard?  Weddings are expensive!  The average cost of a wedding and reception in 2019 was nearly $30,000, according to  And that doesn’t include the cost of the engagement ring and honeymoon which can add another $10,000.

Thankfully, budget-minded brides can score some good deals on Black Friday.

“Black Friday is a great time to save not only on big ticket items like wedding dresses, but household goods to give to the bride at her engagement party or bridal shower,” said Lauren Burns, manager of Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barn in Simpsonville.

At 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving (11/28) through midnight on Black Friday (11/29), David’s Bridal will offer 20-percent on everything when you shop online.

Then, on Black Friday (11/29), all bridesmaid dresses will be 50-percent off in-store and online.  For mom, their best-selling Mother of the Bride dresses will drop from $169 to $129.

“Bridesmaids pay for their own dresses, but the bride decides which dress they should buy.  Black Friday is an opportunity for brides to choose dresses that are on sale to save everyone in her bridal party money,” Burn said.

Major jewelers also plan to get in on the Black Friday action.  Zales will offer 30 to 50-percent off of everything, including diamond engagement sets.  Kay and Jared will also slash prices, but they haven’t yet said by how much.

Meanwhile, brides and grooms looking to save big on their honeymoon should download Expedia’s app right now.   Couples who do will be the first to learn about Expedia’s Black Friday travel deals.  The company is known for offering big discounts on airfare and hotels.  Last year, Expedia advertised $500 off $1,000 vacation packages and $100 off $200 flights—so stay tuned!

Black Friday is also a great time to score discounts on handmade items on Etsy.  In 2017, Etsy held its first-ever Black Friday and Cyber Monday Week sale offering discounts of up to 60-percent off.  Couples in search of unique and memorable items for their wedding, such as this rustic wedding guest book made from reclaimed wood from Napa Valley Winery, will see deals aplenty this year.

Burns says couples who take advantage of Black Friday sales will thank themselves when the big day rolls around.

“One of the biggest mistakes brides and grooms make is underestimating the cost of their wedding,” Burns said.  “Holiday sales are a great way to offset that.”

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