URGENT: Please read this if you are hiring a vendor for your wedding day.
The old adage of “buyer beware” depends on the insight, perception and awareness of the buyer. This article is not written to scare you but to increase your awareness that not all companies have their clients best interest in mind. If it feels too good to be true, ask yourself why this is the case and listen for your answer. The last thing you need is to find out on your Wedding day that you did not make the right decision.
Unfortunately, those that want to take advantage of people will often target wedding and prom clients.
Why? Because they are easy targets from which to steal their money. With so many decisions to make for a big day like your wedding, thieves know they can lure you in by making promises they never intend to keep.
The biggest lure however is low low price offering. When you’re spending more money than you wanted to, to create a wedding day of your dreams, it almost becomes impossible to say no to the lowest price offer. Combine that with someone’s ability to promise you and build enough trust that you say yes and you have the perfect criminal scheme to steal money from a distracted shopper.
How to avoid getting taken advantage of?
First of all, do your research. What is the company’s reputation? Ask other wedding expert’s for their experience. Ask community leaders and organizations for credible companies to deal with. If your other vendors don’t know them or have anything good to say, stay away.
Second, do a site visit and listen to your intuition while interacting. Get to know, like and trust your vendor during this in person visit. If it feels too good to be true, it likely is. Typically, those that offer the lowest price also make lots of promises they don’t ever intend or are unable to keep. But a company always saying yes to your every request is a warning sign not a bonus. No company can serve every client’s request. Usually with the lowest price won’t get you the best service and/or highest quality product/equipment. On your wedding day I can’t imagine anyone would sacrifice high-level service and or product/equipment just to get a lower price.
Thirdly, full payment up front months in advance, especially cash with no record or receipt, might also be a sign that the company is struggling financially. Combine this with offering the lowest price cash deals and likely the company doesn’t pay taxes, therefore, operates with shady business practices. Downright illegal. If they are willing to pay the price to avoid the law, they are likely willing to risk your wellbeing and wedding day experience also. So even though they are offering lower rates if you pay months in advance don’t fall for that trap.