As a wedding planner one of the things I get asked most often is, why, do we have to pay for everything up front...why can't we pay when the service has been rendered? It's a good question and there are lots of reasons why. Bottom line. The wedding industry is a cash business, not a credit business. Here are some reasons why:
Having a ton of experience buying and selling on Ebay, I can tell you that in many situations you are far better off making a purchase on Ebay than you ever are making the same purchase in a store. That being said, there is one item that I absolutely, positively do not recommend buying on Ebay....your wedding dress!
Now I'm sure that almost everyone reading this has a story of someone they knew, heard of, came across, who got a beautifully designed gown practically for free on Ebay. Let me tell you two things...first that does indeed happen, and second, for every positive story you have, I can come up with 10 negative ones.
There is, in my mind, only one legitimate reason to buy a wedding dress on Ebay...cost. And only you can decide if the money you are saving is worth the potential headache you may be creating for yourself.
Now I'm going to tell you why you shouldn't buy your dress on Ebay....And, for those of you who, after reading this article do decide to buy your wedding dress on Ebay, here is what to watch out for:
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•Bartenders-Maybe you figured the cost of your open bar into your venue quote, but often the fee for the bartender is not included. Your mixologist can run you $250 or more per hour. Make sure you get the cost of the bartender and other servers included in the quote so you know your total price (less tips of course). A good recommendation is one bartender for every 50 guests.
•Rental Transport and Other Fees-Just because the rental company charges a delivery fee, that doesn’t
mean that is the end of the costs. Read the contract carefully (hint…a wedding planner is good at this!) and check for cleaning,
•Packaging, pickup, overtime, and other extra fees. Get them to put in your total price if possible all the fees that they will charge you rather than put it in the fine print. You can also try to negotiate caps on these fees.
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