When your wedding costs $28,450 - the current national average – you want to make sure that everything goes as planned.
While there is no way to guarantee mistakes won’t happen, dealing with reputable companies can help reduce the chance of a wedding disaster. When you set out to plan your wedding, ask friends and family about vendors they’ve used and if they had positive experiences working with them.
Now go one step further and check out their BBB Business Reviews at bbb.org. By doing so you’ll learn how long they’ve been in business, if there’s a pattern of disputes and, if so, if and how they were resolved.
BBB offers the following tips for common wedding-planning issues and tips for avoiding them:
Beware of one-day specials, high pressure sales tactics, discounts for advance payment and hidden costs that you may encounter as you meet potential vendors, especially at bridal shows and expos.
Pay with a credit card, which offers consumers the added protection of disputing any charge more than $50 within 60 days of the purchase. Use credit whenever possible, including for payment of deposits.
Don’t pay in full. While it’s customary to pay a reasonable deposit to hold your day, do not pay more than half of your total cost upfront.
Consider wedding insurance. Wedding insurance can help take the stress out of any possible wedding mishaps. A wedding vendor might go out of business, you may need to cancel due to bad weather or you may not receive the goods you’ve paid for, such as bridal gowns or a wedding cake. But be sure to check with your vendor first – they may already have you covered.
Get confirmation from everyone. Confirm all services one to two weeks prior to the event and verify all of the details agreed upon. You don’t want any unpleasant surprises on your wedding day.
Keep a notebook with detailed lists and contact information. Make sure someone in the wedding party (besides you) has all contact info on the day of your event.
Start With Trust. For more helpful tips to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch, visit bbb.org.