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Wedding Surcharges?

Inquiring brides want to know; Do vendors charge more when they hear the word “wedding”?

It turns out, in many instances, there are legitimate reasons vendors charge brides more than they do “regular” paying customers. Want to know why? Read on.

Photographers:

  • Engagement photo shoots don’t always cost more than regular photo sessions, but when they do, the reasons can be legit: They often run longer, involve out-of-studio locations, and require more shots and post production editing.
  • Taking a photo of a couple is also more complicated than taking a photo of just one person.
Tip: Photographers usually offer package rates: Get your engagement portrait and wedding photos done by the same photographer

Flowers:

Did you know… It takes a florist about 60 minutes to hand-wire an orchid bouquet.
  • Gather referrals from trusted sources, like wedding vendors and recently married friends.
  • Don’t be surprised if some of your candidates don’t have flower shops; many designer work out of private studios rather than retail stores.
  • Plan on interviewing your top three referrals.
  • Make this your mantra: The simpler the arrangements, the smaller the price tag.
  • Before your meeting, know your budget and the ceremony and reception locations, and have a basic idea of what you want (colors, types of flowers, number of arrangements).
  • If possible bring photos of flowers you like and be able to talk about flowers you don’t.
  • Ask for a proposal that describes each arrangements cost, size, and container
  • Consider the deal sealed when you put down a deposit and you both sign a contract that covers everything from the delivery details to the cancellation and refund policies.
  • After the wedding donate your flowers to a nursing home or hospital and you could get a tax deduction on part of the price of your blooms. Live in New York or LA? Click on www.flowerpowerfoundation.org to have the flowers delivered for you. Otherwise, go to www.idofoundation.org for a list of possible recipients in your area.

Centerpieces:

Most florists don’t add a wedding surcharge, but the average reception centerpiece still costs more than one meant for a corporate dinner. Why? Because brides tend to ask for specific flowers-which incur shipping charges-rather than what’s in season locally.
TIP: Research what will be blooming locally and use that as your starting point.

Hair:

Did you know… You’re stylist can show you and your maid of honor how to remove your veil without ruining your hairdo after the wedding ceremony.
  • Most salons charge more for a wedding updo than for a special-occasion style, and the main reason is time: Take into account the headpieces, veils, and flowers, bridal looks tend to be more complicated than those for other dressy events. The pressure to make you look perfect also adds to the price.

Music:

Live band/orchestra vs. DJ
Most DJs charge more for weddings than they do for birthdays or dances because of the amount of work involved: In addition to accommodating your specific musical taste, a DJ must coordinate with caterers, photographers, all while he emcees the event, from the introduction to the bouquet toss.
TIP: Make sure that the DJ you’re considering doesn’t charge for items that other DJs include, like wireless microphones.

Create your own wedding playlist

R&B

Prelude/Guest Seating
The Power of Love – Celine Dion
When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge

Bridesmaids’ Processional
Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
Only You – Ashanti

Flower Girl & Ring Bearer
I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder

Bride’s Entrance
The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett
Kiss From a Rose – Seal

Mid-Ceremony
I Do (Cherish You) – 98 Degrees
This I Promise You – NSYNC

Recessional
At Last – Etta James
Eternal Flame – The Bangles

Country

Prelude/Guest Seating
It’s Your Love – Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts

Bridesmaids’ Processional
To Make You Feel My Love – Garth Brooks
How Do I Live – Trisha Yearwood

Flower Girl & Ring Bearer
When You Say Nothing at All – Alison Krauss

Bride’s Entrance
I Melt – Rascal Flatts
Amazed – Lonestar

Mid-Ceremony
From Here to Eternity – Michael Peterson
I Swear – John Michael Montgomery

Recessional
You’re Still the One – Shania Twain
Crazy – Patsy Cline

Classic Rock

Prelude/Guest Seating
You’re my Best Friend – Queen
Sunshine of Your Love – Cream

Bridesmaids’ processional
Sugar Magnolia – The Grateful Dead

Flower Girl & Ring Bearer
Joy to the World – 3 Dog Night

Bride’s Entrance
She’s a Rainbow – The Rolling Stones

Mid-Ceremony
Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

Recessional
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – The Beatles

Did you Know… January and February are the cheapest months to book a limo for your wedding.
Source: Brides Magazine Sept. 2009 Issue

Jewelry:

Jewelry prices vary greatly due to the wide variety of factors:

  • Hand-made by a jewelry designer in the USA or factory produced in under-developed country.
  • Genuine Swarovski® crystal and Swarovski® pearls or inexpensive glass beads, plastic pearls, etc.
  • 100% Sterling Silver or an inexpensive metal with silver-plating
  • Ability to Customize
  • The amount of materials used (silver, gold, crystal, pearls, and other components)
  • The number of middle-men.
 

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