Educational Consumer Tips
Author: Better Business Bureau
A wedding is one of the most memorable days in a couple’s life that they get to share with their family and friends. Whether there is an extensive guest list or an intimate gathering, couples want their day to be flawless. It can be a stressful planning process making the wedding day come together. Use the following tips to reduce some of the wedding planning stress and get ready to say “I Do”.
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 bbb.org 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 Everything 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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