Planning to walk down the aisle? BBB urges couples to plan ahead before saying “I Do”

January 28, 2014

January 28, 2014 – CALGARY, ALBERTA – What better way to ring in the new year than with an engagement ring! It may still be the first month of the New Year, but with the summer wedding season only months away, brides-to-be are facing the home-stretch of the planning crunch. If you’re becoming a bossy bridezilla, BBB has wedding planning tips to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch.

President and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, Sandra Crozier-McKee, says as with any major financial commitment it’s crucial to not only budget your finances realistically but start your research early. “It can be easy to get caught-up in the excitement of planning your wedding, but it’s important for consumers to know what their vision is based on a realistic budget and allow yourself the time to research venues and services,” she says. “Save yourself time and money by starting your search with trust by checking with BBB for reliable businesses that you will feel confident about including in your special day.”

BBB offers these tips for planning a wedding:

  • Set a budget.  It is important to set a budget early on in the planning process and stick to it along the way. A good way to estimate how costly the wedding will be is to start with a guest list. By finalizing the guest list, it will be easier to choose the venue, caterer, photographer and other services. 
  • Research the businesses. Check out a venue, caterer or service at before doing business with them. Confirm how long they have been running. It is better to pay more for the products and services of a reliable business to ensure good quality for your special day.
  • Request references.  Ask the businesses for references from previous customers. Call the references and ask if they were satisfied with the products or services. Ask if the job was completed to their standards. See if they have other recommendations to help you with the planning process.     
  • Always pay with a credit card. Use a credit card to pay for the costs, including deposits, rather than cash or check. In case there is a problem, a credit card offers security and allows you to withhold the charge to investigate the issue.  Deposits are usually non-refundable so it is important to keep them as low as possible.  
  • Get it in writing. Get a written contract from everyone you are doing business with. Make sure the contract includes: important dates, prices, and the products or services. Always be sure the cancellation and refund policies are stated in the contract.
  • Leave extra time.  Once the wedding date is set, plan out specific dates for when each task should be accomplished.  Account for some delays in the process. It is better to schedule extra time than have something be delivered too late. It will reduce stress if there is plenty of time and there is no rushing.  

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