Marlborough, MA - February 22, 2012 -
When preparing for the day of your dreams, your Better Business Bureau advises couples to proceed with caution when selecting wedding vendors such as caterers, florists, disc jockeys, jewelers, photographers, bridal and formal shops, and more.
"Don't allow excitement and emotions for planning a wedding obstruct your judgement," said Paula Fleming, Vice President of Communications & Marketing for the local BBB. "Doing proper research on wedding vendors can go a long way in helping your special day go as smoothly as possible."
Your BBB recommends you consider the following when planning your wedding:Start with referrals.
Seek recommendations from friends and family for businesses providing the products and services you need for the big day. Ask to see the products or pictures if possible. Research online vendors.
Many are opting to buy from online retailers due to convenience. When choosing an online retailer, start with a trusted site rather than relying on the results of a search engine. Check out vendors, whether online or not, by visiting bbb.org
or calling. Don't be afraid to be frugal.
Set a wedding budget and stick to it. Don't be afraid to negotiate with vendors and don't be pressured into purchasing more than you can afford. Get it in writing.
Get a detailed written contract for everything; don't rely on verbal promises. Contracts should include sizes, colors, product descriptions, prices and delivery dates. Cancellation policies should also be included.Beware of deeply discounted wedding gowns.
Several online companies offer bridal gowns at extremely low prices, but beware of offers seeming too good to be true. Many of these dresses are advertised as authentic designer dresses, but are actually poorly-made replicas. Use restraint at wedding expos.
Wedding shows are a great way to learn about trends and options, but don't let the show's glamour and excitement allow you to make hasty decisions or commit to a vendor on the spot.Consider wedding insurance.
Wedding insurance can cover a range of possible problems, including vendor no-shows, cancellations, inclement weather, military deployment, medical emergencies, travel delays and more.
For more information on how to be a savvy consumer, visit bbb.org