It seems that a lot is changing in the world of wedding planning, some of it good and some bad. The current economy is causing many brides and grooms to purchase items and services they need for their wedding much closer to the wedding date than most experts would recommend. I’m sure some of this is being fostered by the fact that they don’t have the money yet and some because there are fears about whether a business will still be in business on the day of their wedding.
Waiting too late to book a reception location or the photographer, florist and cake company of your choice may also have negative consequences in the fact that the company may not be available for you or they may not have the proper time to prepare everything you want for the wedding.
I would suggest these options over waiting to the last minute to book the vital services you need.
- First and foremost, do your “due diligence”. Research the companies you are interested in by checking with Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, and asking other wedding professionals or friends for references. There are also various fraud beware companies on line which can give you a heads up on a company.
- Look for companies that are listed by other professional associations such as NACE.
- Look at The Bridal Spectacular site for how many shows they have participated in.
- After you have found the company you want to do business with, book as early as possible and see what kind of payment plans they can offer you. Let them know you would like to do business with them, what your budget is and see what they can do for you within your budget.
- Don’t be a bridezilla! Most professional companies will do the best they can to work with you, but telling them that if they don’t meet a certain price you will go elsewhere is not the best approach.
- If the price is too good to believe, buyer beware!
There are a lot more wedding professionals who want to make sure you have the best wedding possible who will treat you with honesty and integrity than the type you have to avoid. So whether you find your vendors at a bridal show, online, or in a wedding magazine, just check them out before hiring them and you will be able to move forward with peace of mind and look forward to a truly memorable wedding experience.
Yes there are a few horror stories out there, but there are many more beautiful wedding days you never hear about!
The best way to start is at the next Bridal Spectacular where you will be able to interview hundreds of wedding professionals all under one roof at a two day event. You can also know that we have been doing this for 27 years and when we say we are the largest show you can count on it. Just ask around!
As a member of BSPI, Bridal Show Producers International, we are held to a high standard and code of ethics in our advertising practices.
We look forward to seeing all the Las Vegas brides and grooms at the Bridal Spectacular bridal show!
According to Wikipedis “Due Diligence is a term used for a number of concepts involving either the performance of an investigation of a business or person, or the performance of an act with a certain standard of care. It can be a legal obligation, but the term will more commonly apply to voluntary investigations.”
Debra Hansen, Show Producer
Bridal Spectacular Events, Inc.