Getting the Wedding You Want

Getting the Wedding You Want

by David Egan

Friday, September 15, 2017

Planning a Cost-Conscious Wedding

There are lots of ways to save money on your wedding. Some work great, others court disaster. The tips below can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars while still giving you and your guests a great experience.

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Consolidate venues – Holding both your wedding ceremony and reception at a single venue can save a considerable amount of money.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish!

Dan Hawkins has been a full-time professional DJ for 31 years. His company, MusicMasters, provides DJs for all kinds of events. They regularly win awards for their work. They’re not cheap, starting at just under a thousand dollars, nor are they over-the-top expensive. Dan and the DJs who work for him are frequently seen at weddings and events all around Baltimore. I know Dan, like his work, and think the world of the guy. He’s kind, has integrity, and is very, very good at what he does.

No matter what kind of wedding professional you need, the most important consideration is this: How good are they at what they do? If they aren’t able to do the job at least as well as you expect, nothing else matters.

So where do you go to find them, and how can you tell good from bad?

When you tell people that you’re getting married, they often think of the wedding they had, the wedding day they wish they had, the wedding they’d have today, the wedding they want you to have, and maybe, if you’re lucky, they’ll think about the wedding that you want to have.

A confession: I‘m crazy about getting good customer service. It always has a strong influence on my buying decisions. I stopped by a Mazda dealership yesterday while I was out and about, ’cause I’m a Miata guy and the new one is outstanding. I made a point of checking the time when I started looking at the cars out on the lot, taking bets with myself on how long it would take a salesperson to come out and talk with me. You know what? Nobody ever came out. That impressed me – in a good way – so I decided to go inside and see the top-down Miata in the showroom. The closest salesperson, Ralph, and I started a conversation after a couple of minutes. He was easy, helpful, and enthusiastic. While it was clearly Ralph’s business to sell cars, there was absolutely no pressure, and no BS.

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