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Brian Blume and Jill Zook are planning to walk down the aisle and say ‘I do’.
Brian Blume & Jill Zook, Engaged Couple: “I’ve been to enough weddings and seen enough of brides literally running around in their wedding dress freaking out directing traffic an hour before their wedding and I didn’t want that.”
The couple enlisted the help of Marie Frey, a wedding planner with F-C-C-I Weddings, to sweat the small stuff and help them stay on budget.
Brian Blume & Jill Zook, Engaged Couple: “We’ve got a mortgage, we have student loans, so staying on budget is very important to us. We have had to get creative on how to do that, but we are making it work.” Brian: “While we want a nice wedding, we also want a nice life, so finding that middle ground.”
Ask the wedding planner how they charge: flat rate or per hour?
Wedding planners can cater to couples on all budgets in needs of various services – most starting around $1,000.
Wedding planners can: find vendors to meet your price point, negotiate discounts, and provide money-saving advice.
Marie Frey, FCCI Weddings: “The ways they can save money is basically using a Friday or a Sunday as their wedding day. The venues typically charge less on those particular days. They can cut back on their guest list. Each guest that they invite is going to have a dollar amount associated with them so if they can cut back on that, that’s a big help. And then sometimes just having a smaller bridal party.”
Read all contracts before signing.
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “When planning a wedding it can be a highly emotional process so make sure you are reading all of your contracts start to finish so you understand how they are going to work. We’ve heard instances of consumers being asked to give up their right to talk about their experience when signing vendor contracts. If you see a request like that in a contract walk away from that vendor.”
Brian Blume & Jill Zook, Engaged Couple: “You are trusting someone with one of the biggest days of your life and to know we can trust her, it’s a good feeling.”
If you or someone you know is planning a wedding, but you don’t know where to start or what to focus on first, be sure to check out the Angie’s List wedding checklist: