Four BBB Tips for Planning the Perfect Wedding

August 01, 2016

August is here and it’s peak season for summer weddings with many toasts for celebrations and happiness. Lots of work goes into planning the perfect wedding to ensure the special day is something to remember. The average wedding in the U.S. costs about $26,000. Given the high cost, every detail should be just right.

Your BBB serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties is here to offer great tips for those planning their big day:

Do your Homework. Take your time when checking out a venue, caterer or other wedding service. The Accredited Business directory on can help you do this. Look at ratings and read reviews from previous clients to help give you a general idea of the business, how they operate, and customers’ satisfaction with products and services. It’s best to making arrangements with vendors a year in advance in order to secure the desired wedding date, location, and services.

Setting a Budget. It’s important to set a budget prior to starting the planning process. Beginning with a guest list is a good way to estimate the expense of the wedding. Once the guest list is finalized, it is easier to decide which venue, caterer and other services to will choose. Talk with both sides of the family about who will pay for what. As some brides’ families still pick up the whole tab, more and more groom’s families are contributing too.

Purchase with a Credit Card. BBB suggests that you pay with a credit card. Typically credit cards offer fraud protection and the ability to dispute charges made over $50 within the first couple of months of a purchase. Also, many credit card companies offer cash-back rewards or travel. Keep in mind that with travel rewards you can earn points toward a honeymoon destination, and with cash back you can put that money toward paying for your big day. 

Review Written Contracts. Written contracts should include specific dates, products, and prices for name brands, and be should be signed by all parties involved. All policies such as cancellations, refund and returns on deposits should be included in all contracts. If these are not included, make sure they are added to the contract before you sign it. Furthermore, try to keep deposits as small as possible since they are often non-refundable.

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