BBB Offers Advice to Avoid Being Jilted at the Altar by Wedding Vendors

  
     
April 22, 2009

The wedding season is right around the corner and many consumers are shopping around at wedding shows to plan the perfect wedding. The Better Business Bureau would like to advise consumers to be cautious when choosing a wedding vendor, as a hasty decision can feel worse than rain on your wedding day.

Every bride and groom wants their wedding to be perfect. Although weddings are highly emotional events, they typically involve numerous business transactions as well for wedding consultants, clothes, invitations, flowers, photography, reception halls, catering, music, transportation and travel packages.

Since the average wedding costs more than $15,000, BBB advises engaged couples and their families to make wise consumer decisions when planning weddings.

BBB would like to offer the following shopping tips to avoid being jilted at the altar by a wedding vendor:

  • Plan ahead. Decide what style of wedding you want (for example, big or small, formal or informal, winter or summer) and begin planning as far ahead as possible, 12 to 18 months is suggested.
  • Be a smart cookie. Set a budget for your wedding, and stick to it.
  • Don’t get swept off your feet at the wedding show. Wedding shows are a great way to learn wedding best-practices, but don’t make hasty decisions and choose a vendor on-the-spot. And, please be careful about what prize draws you are entering. You should not have to provide your credit card info to complete an entry form for a ‘free’ trip.
  • Do your homework. You did your research before choosing a life partner, so use the same care in considering the business you choose. Start with BBB.org to see a reliability report on the company.
  • Vows work for marriage, not business - get it in writing. Get a detailed written contract for everything, do not just rely on verbal promises. Include the sizes, colours, product descriptions, prices and delivery dates.
  • Consider wedding insurance. Wedding insurance can help to take the stress out of any possible wedding mishaps. Wedding vendors can go out of business, or you may need to cancel due to bad weather, health issues involving key participants, or non-delivery of goods, such as bridal gowns or a wedding cake.
  • Don’t get stuck with cold feet, get confirmation from everyone. Confirm all services one or two weeks prior to the event (don’t forget about checking the status with your partner too). You don't want any unpleasant surprises on your wedding day.

To check a list of wedding vendors visit us at BBB.org Happy wedding planning!