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Weddings are expensive -- everyone knows that. In fact, the average wedding in the NYC tri-state area averages out between $52,000-$80,000 depending on location. It's no wonder that couples are looking to save money anywhere they can. As a planner, I can save my clients money by booking with vendors that we trust and work with frequently. However, there are a few things that you shouldn't do when watching your budget. Here are the top 10 things we tell our clients never to do:
1. Hiring a friend/family member instead of a professional. Sure, you might be super close with someone that has DJ'd a few parties, and maybe you do like the idea of your cousin as your officiant. Trust us, keep your friends and family as guests at your wedding and not as vendors. It becomes a nightmare for your planner to work with your friends and family because if they mess up, suddenly you have to choose who is right. Frequently, friends and family are a lot more laid back than a professional would be, and thus, they aren't going to be as prepared or handle your wedding the way they should. We have had many couples bring in their friend to preside over the ceremony, only to be flooded with phone calls by this friend about how to officiate. Since we are planners, and not officiants, we can't really offer advice to them. We have also seen friends as DJs that show up late, are under prepared and that ignore the carefully designed timeline because they're "friends" with the couple. The result? The food comes out cold, the photographer misses the shots you wanted and every other vendor is thrown off. Again, this is a sticky situation for your planner because if we try to correct it on the wedding day, odds are, you'll take your friend's side. Let your friends and family enjoy the wedding and leave the jobs to the professionals.
2. Foregoing an extra set of chairs. In the case where your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception are all at the same place and you are responsible for your rentals, we are begging you to bring in that second set of chairs. You might think that your 200 or so ceremony chairs can all be moved during cocktail hour from your ceremony location to your reception location, but that's a dangerous bet to make. Plus, you're not really saving that much money by using the same set of chairs. We have seen couples ignore this piece of advice and then their cocktail hour turned into two hours because the chairs still weren't set up in time. In fact, we've even been told by brides that they are frustrated that their reception is starting late. At that point, there's really nothing we can do because we told you to bring in a second set of chairs, you didn't listen, and there is nowhere for anyone to sit. Don't spend the money to hire people to move the chairs, just rent a second set of chairs. Also, don't ask your guests to move their chairs either because that's just tacky.
3. Hiring an all-in-one DJ/planner/horse whisperer. The package deal may seem like a really good one. Then again, there is the saying "jack of all trades, master of none." This couldn't be more true. More and more we are seeing vendors market themselves as more than what they truly are. The biggest offender we see is when DJs market themselves as o