Wedding pros give tips for the big day

Wedding pros give tips for the big day

A few highly rated wedding professionals from Angie's List have some advice for those planning to tie the knot.

  • "Communication is very important. We both need to be in sync with what's going on. I need to know what your 'shade of pink' means." — Joanne Leiman, owner of FlowersFlowers, Chicago
  • "If a photographer's portfolio is just on flickr.com — that might be a red flag." — Rebecca Wilkowski, Rebecca Wilkowski Photography, San Francisco
  • "Hire someone who you can speak with honestly. Let them know what your thoughts and budget really are." — Alexandra Jusino, owner of Exquisite Weddings, Chicago
  • "Don't automatically go for the least expensive company. There's usually a reason why they're so cheap." — Carol Simnioniw, operations manager of City View & White Knight Limousine Inc., St. Louis Park, Minn.
  • "Know what you want and have realistic goals. The more information you can give me, the better. There's no such thing as 'too many details.'" — Pam Nolin, wedding shop manager of Beaverton Bakery, Beaverton, Ore.
  • "It's all in the contract. The contract must be complete with all details clearly explained so there is no room for misunderstandings." — Donnie Brown, owner Donnie Brown Weddings & Events, Dallas, and star of reality show "Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?"
  • "Getting referrals and checking references is great, but you have to make sure your personalities get along." — Heidi Marie Johnson, Heidi Marie Photography, Minneapolis

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Kevin Blake

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Give yourself enough time to shop around. The last thing you want is to rush into a decision and be disappointed with the end result

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