By Ray Miller
This wedding season, it is estimated that couples will spend between $2,000.00 and $250,000.00 on their wedding with the average being $22,000.00 per wedding.
Major wedding expenses include, the honeymoon, wedding dress, invitations and wedding reception. After the major expenses have been appropriated, many couples find themselves pinching pennies for wedding details including bridal accessories, wedding favors and wedding party gifts to accommodate their remaining wedding budget.
Brides and Grooms sift through the internet, looking for the best deal to finalize their wedding accessory and favor details. Too often, they realized the hard way, 'you get what you pay for'. Here are a few wedding tips to ensure your get exactly what you pay for, regardless of cost.
Make A List - Before you go looking for accessories, favors or gifts for your wedding, set down and make a list. Write it down! If you don't write it down, you will be a target for indecisiveness and sales pressure. Your list should include the following outline:
Your Wedding Theme
Number of Expected Guests
Members of Your Wedding Party (Maid of Honor, Bridesmaids, Best Man, Groomsmen, etc.)
Accessory and Favor items needed
With this list, you now have a deliberate path to pursue. The following guideline will help you to be an educated consumer and ultimately make the best decision for your money and your budget.
Compare Products - You are now ready to go shopping. Before you start comparing prices, compare products. Too often, couples purchase items based on price, not what they really want.
Compare Quality - You will, no doubt, find favors and decorations priced much lower than comparable items you have already looked at. This is likely due to the difference in quality between the two items. If you are unsure, ask for a sample. Many websites offer free samples or the ability to purchase a single favor. Once you have the samples in-hand, you can judge for yourself on what favors your money will be best spent. Be leery of companies that will not send samples, either free or as a single-item purchase. If a company is confident in their product and service, they will have no problem accommodating your request.
Compare Service - Also paramount to pricing is service quality. Finding a great price but receiving poor customer service can be stressful and disappointing. Availability of shipping is also a factor.
Compare Prices - You've compared products for quality, styles, options and colors to suit your needs. You have also compared companies for service quality and availability. It is now time to compare prices. If two or more companies offer the same quality products and services, pricing is a no-brainer - go with the best price. But let's say Company A offers a lower price than Company B, but Company A does not provide a contact number or has no customer reviews. Company B's prices are a bit higher but you can speak to a live person and their website offers satisfied customer reviews. Save yourself potential stress or disaster and pay a little more.
Make Your Purchase - The steps and preparation listed above will make you an informed consumer with a deliberate agenda to purchase the items you need for your wedding with the best quality, service and prices. Always remember, 'if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is' and 'you get what you pay for'.
About the Author - Ray is the founder and president of My Wedding Reception Ideas.com. My Wedding Reception Ideas
specializes in personalized wedding decorations and wedding favors
inlcuding wedding cake toppers and wedding cake table decorations. You can find more
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