Connecticut BBB tips to avoid wedding day letdowns

WALLINGFORD, Conn (WTNH) — As summer wedding season approaches, planning for your big day can be a little bit easier with these wedding planning tips.

Though your wedding day may be the happiest day of your life, getting there can often be very stressful. Unwanted roadblocks can occur if proper wedding planning is not considered ahead of time.

These dreaded roadblocks can include wedding dresses that are not ready on time, limousines that show up late or not at all, photographers taking too long to deliver the final product, and venues not living up to expectations.

A wedding is usually a couple’s first major financial investment. In order to make this investment a success, Connecticut Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers a checklist to help prevent trip-ups before walking down the aisle.

  • Research and compare. Buy with your head and not your heart.  Check with recent references and obtain quotes from several vendors. It is not unusual for a wedding to cost more than $20 thousand
  • Get it all in writing. At the very least, a contract should specify dates, the start and stop time, and rate for working beyond the contracted time period.
  • Consider wedding insurance – Wedding insurance covers not only problems with vendors, but also cancellations due to weather, sickness, injury, no shows, or problems with the venue itself.
  • Consult a wedding planner. They can do a lot of the heavy lifting, protect your interests, and can help you save time and money.
  • Be selective when hiring a photographer/videographer. Choose a photographer who will have some “preview” photos posted online to view or download within a week after the wedding, so that you may share them with friends and family.  Ensure that the photographer you hire will be at the wedding, rather than a third party you don’t know.  A turnaround on photographs can range from two to six weeks to several months.  Allow extra time for videos because editing is involved.

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