From the monthly archives:

February 2011

A truly comprehensive wedding vendor contract can seem as long as a novel and as difficult to understand as a foreign language. But as I’ve explained in the past, wedding vendor contracts are a non-negotiable part of wedding planning meant to protect both a couple and their service providers. So let’s say that there’s a […]

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Tipping wedding vendors is one area of wedding planning that frequently confuses brides- and grooms-to-be. And it’s not surprising – most people are comfortable tipping waiters and waitresses, but haven’t been in situations requiring other forms of tipping. Figuring out who to tip and how much to tip can be a real source of stress, […]

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Handing over cash when you’re paying deposits and settling up with wedding vendors can initially seem like a great idea. You’re using money you have readily available… you won’t have to worry about a bill coming in the mail in a month… and it’s really easy to stick to your budget. BUT have you considered […]

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Brides-to-be who frequent wedding planning message boards or read wedding planning blogs may have come across the term “wedding tax,” without understanding exactly what it is. The wedding tax is the premium that some vendors allegedly add to the usual cost of their services when they hear the client is a bride or that the […]

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If you’ve ever wondered why you never seem to see an ugly couple or table or ceremony venue in wedding vendor portfolios, I want to let you in on a secret. Vendors aren’t all masters of making people and places beautiful, but they stack their portfolios with the photos that make them seem that way! […]

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Firing a wedding vendor is sometimes necessary, even if it means losing your deposit. Knowing you’re not getting that money back can be painful, but it’s a lot less painful than having a vital vendor not show up on the big day. How do you know when it’s time to sever your relationship with a […]

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Too many brides-to-be are worried about not being perceived as “nice”. And who can blame them? Television shows like Bridezillas along with numerous articles about high-maintenance brides and their crazy demands have spread the idea that the average bride is a screaming harpy just itching to fire her bridesmaids and make her groom’s life a […]

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Choosing Wedding Vendors: The Initial Interview Sometimes brides-to-be and their partners are so excited about planning a wedding that they schedule meetings with multiple wedding vendors as soon as they’ve chosen a wedding date. But I always advise couples against filling every spare moment with face-to-face interviews with professionals – particularly early on. Why? First, […]

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The quickie answer is that yes, a bride and groom need to have wedding vendor contracts from each and every professional they hire. No matter how trustworthy a wedding vendor seems, a couple should never accept verbal assurances that services will be rendered. Not, I should stress, because those vendors are necessarily out to scam […]

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A bride-to-be can sometimes become her own worst enemy when she’s dealing with her wedding vendors. Maybe it’s that she doesn’t want to rock the boat, so she gives her vendors free rein and ends of up with a wedding that’s not at all what she was hoping for. Or maybe she is so afraid […]

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