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1. “We could go out of business before your big day.”
Wedding spending tumbled 32% during the recession, from an average of $28,730 per event in 2007 to $19,581 in 2009, according to market research firm The Wedding Report. After recovering somewhat, spending now seems to be flattening out — in 2012, the average wedding cost $25,656, an increase of just $25, or less than one-tenth of 1%, over 2011.
Travelers, an insurance company, reports that of wedding insurance claims filed last year due to “vendor problems,” 21% involved caterers going out of business and an additional 11% were related to deejays.
2. “Inspiration boards? More like unrealistic-expectation boards.”
3. “We’ll punish you for those heightened expectations.”
Loring Pasta Bar in Minneapolis has a “bridezilla clause” in its contract, charging overly detail-oriented brides and grooms $5 per email or $12 per 15-minute increment of time required to respond, whichever is less.
The restaurant did not respond to requests for comment, but in 2011 Loring told MarketWatch the clause, which had yet to be enforced, was a safeguard against couples taking up too much of employees’ time.
Well, that’s pretty darn interesting. I do agree that the wedding industry hypes up the bride to be a consuming, money spending bridezilla but paradoxically despises the Frankenbride it creates.
4. “Tax and tip not included.”
5. “The ballroom you chose only permits ‘approved vendors’ — that cost more.”
Yep, if you book a venue with only approved vendors, you just lost your negotiating leverage to reduce costs.
6. “Hope you’re running on schedule. We’ve overbooked.”
I never ran into this issue of double booking where I live.
7. “This award isn’t exactly an Oscar.”
I’ve known award winning, talented photographers with exception portfolios and web sites who were con artists who took thousands of dollars from clients and never delivered a single photo. Always check the Better Business Bureau and even Google.
8. “Do sweat the small stuff — or at least the price tag on the small stuff.”
A plain,white pillar candle at the craft store is the same white pillar candle with a “wedding” tag on it, except that the latter costs about 30% more…at least. Amusing are the white twinkle lights that get packaged as “wedding” but the same set at Halloween costs a fraction.
9. “We’re eying your bling.”
10. “Every artist was first an amateur, and many still are.”