I'm not sure how many of you out there caught the "Wedding Confidential" special on ABC's 20/20 last Friday- if you missed it, here's a link to the video. http://abcnews.go.com/watch/2020/SH559026/VD55265676/2020-118-wedding-confidential
There are almost no words to describe the shock and dismay I felt when I checked this segment out... but I'm going to try anyway. Wedding pros are NOT trying to rip you off. We do NOT look at couples and say "cha-ching" or look for ways to weasel you out of your money. The "wedding mark-up" is really fiction. The word wedding doesn't increase the price- the higher level of work, detail, personnel needed, etc. increases the price. There may be some shady types out there, but the hundreds of pros I know (really, it's that many) are doing this (planning weddings, photographing weddings, DJing weddings, catering weddings) because it's something that they love- and who wouldn't want to make a living doing something they love?
Personally, it drives me CRAZY that the media would even suggest such a thing- mainly because it's their fault that so many couples come in to the planning experience so harried and overwhelmed. There's no shortage of wedding reality TV, celebrity weddings, and other stuff out there (blogs, Pinterest, Facebook...) for you to compare yourself to while you're in the middle of planning one of the most stressful and potentially expensive days of your life. Now they want you to be harried, overwhelmed AND scared that people are out to take your cash??? Bad move guys.
Now, I'm not saying there's no bad apples in the bunch, but I really believe they are few and far between. If you DO run into a shady character, I'm going to give you the same advice I give my clients in the planning process- GO WITH YOUR GUT! You'll see and feel red flags. And when you do, go find someone else to work with!
That's all part and parcel of planning an authentic wedding- feeling comfortable with the choices you're making. Bottom line, don't believe the hype! Don't be afraid of us - make your own decisions, do your research, and understand that sticker shock comes with the territory (kind of similar to buying your first home!!). Get educated, ask questions, find out why and really LOVE the people that you're working with.
Good luck and as always, Keep Celebrating!