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Wedding, Planning A

Author: Better Business Bureau
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When planning a wedding, consider the following:

Whenever possible, pay with a credit card rather than cash or check. This includes payment of deposits. Credit cards offer consumers added protection in the event of a problem, because you can generally have your card issuer pull back the charge and investigate any problems within 60 days of receiving your statement even if you have already paid the charge.

Remember that all written contracts should include specific dates, products, prices, name brands, etc. and be signed by all parties involved. Cancellation policies should also be included in the contracts. This includes any refund policies and returns on deposits. If these are not already included in the contract, insist that they be added before you sign.

Deposits are often non-refundable, so try to keep them as small as possible in case you have to cancel or change plans.
Anticipate that you may encounter some problems and allow
for delays. Do not have everything delivered the day before the wedding, because if a problem does occur, it will be too late to correct it.

Make sure you set a budget early on and then stick to it!!! Don't be lured by the lowest price.

Do not be afraid to ask for references. Follow through and actually call the clients to find out if they were satisfied and if they may have suggestions about doing business with that particular company. Do not fall for high-pressure sales tactics. If you don't want something, don't buy it.

Other aspects to consider are:
Invitations
Hotels
Caterers
Entertainment
Flowers
Photographers
Limousine & Car Services
Clothing
Wedding Consultants & Party Planners

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