“Trade Secrets from Wedding Insiders”
Want to know the fastest and easiest way to save big money on your wedding? Reduce the number of guests you invite! At an average cost of $50-$100 per guest (for food, drinks, tips, taxes, etc.) you can save a lot of money really fast! Here’s a fact: Most brides and grooms invite TOO MANY people to their wedding! After the wedding, over 90% feel that they could have saved money by not inviting some of the people they felt obligated to invite! If you are thinking of 250 people and you trim it to 225, you save anywhere from $1250 to $2500 dollars!! This alone pays for your DJ, a professional videographer, and a limo! Trim it to 200 and you have paid for your honeymoon! Never forget: 90% of brides and grooms come away from their wedding realizing that they wasted a lot of money inviting people that they really didn’t have to! Trim that guest list! In fact, you are sure to be one of the 90% if you do not review and trim the list at least 5 times!!!! Trim that guest list! Look at all the money you will save!
Do not waste money on wedding planning books. You can easily spend a hundred dollars or more on wedding planning books at your local book store. Go to the library instead! Even your small local library will have dozens of these and they are FREE! Save the hundred bucks! And now a days you can get most of your wedding planning ideas off the internet for Free as well. Check out our friends at The Knot.
Have the ceremony and reception at the same place! We are seeing this more and more because you save time and a lot of money! You can save between $1000 and $2000 doing this! And we can play your ceremony music for you! Again, this is becoming more and more common!
Keep all of your planning materials until AFTER the wedding! If a vendor agreement falls through or there is a dispute, you may need to go with your second choice really fast! Be ready!
Make sure all members of the bridal party try on their dresses, tuxes and shoes as far in advance as possible. Last minute changes and alterations are always more expensive!
If you find a gown at your local bridal shop, then buy it on line and then take it to the shop for alterations, expect to pay A LOT for those alterations. Yes, they will do inexpensive alterations as part of your buying the dress there but that’s because they make their profit on the dress. If you buy on line there is no such benefit for the shop owner! Bridal shop owners do need to make a profit to stay in business! That’s why you will often see the tags removed from dresses! The shop owner has been burned one too many times! (“I’ll find what I want here, then buy it on line”)
Ask if they charge more if you pay by credit card! And if so, insist on removing that from your contract! Here’s a secret: The wedding industry is shrinking ever so slightly each year. Plain and simple, there are fewer weddings this year than last! That gives you the advantage! They will remove that extra charge if you insist!
Ask if “Prices are subject to change”. If yes again, insist that that clause be removed form the contract! By the way, they don’t have to retype a whole new contract. Just draw a line through that part and both you and the vendor initial and date it near that line on the contract!
Ask if there are any “extra charges” for anything. If so that’s OK as long as they are clearly explained and shown right on the contract! (just like the extra cost options we offer on our contract). Options are good! Can you imagine shopping for a car at a dealership where every car has exactly the same equipment? The customer demands choices, and options give them choices as long as they are clearly listed on the contract!
The only exceptions to the above rule are travel charges. It’s the consumer’s responsibility to warn the vendor ahead of time that the event will require them to travel beyond a reasonable distance! What’s a reasonable distance? Approximately 30 miles any direction outside the center of the city! Beyond that, the consumer needs to ask the vendor if they travel to that area “which is approximately x number of miles away” before the vendor agrees to perform the service. Otherwise, the consumer should expect the vendor to charge at least a small amount for travel even after signing a contract! Again, this is because it is reasonable to assume that the vendor has been told in advance of signing a contract that the event is not in his normal service area. And the responsibility lies with the consumer to make him aware of this!