Real Wedding Advice: “Stop Being Cheap”
…I said to myself.
Here’s a little background: I have ceramic tile floors throughout my entire house. With three kids, a dog and a cat, the floor cleaning is an every day job. Cue my ecstatic elation over purchasing a Mint Floor Cleaner. This is similar to the Roomba, only instead of vacuuming floors, it sweeps and mops on its own. It has replaced the broom and Swiffer for me (unless I want to double team the house and have the Mint do one room and I do another at the same time). What makes the Mint awesome is that in addition to using the microfiber cloths that come with the cleaner, you can also use the Swiffer disposable dry and wet cloth refills…
…which brings us to our real wedding advice lesson for the day.
I bought a generic, cheaper brand of disposable refills for my Mint. BIG mistake. These things did a better job of moving and repelling the dust rather than capturing it in the cloth to clean the floor. I remembered that I had a box of the actual Swiffer brand of cloths and went to replace the travesty I was using previously. The difference was startling and immediately noticeable in the texture, quality, and performance.
So what does this have to do with your wedding?
Do not make your final decision solely on price. You cannot assume because two people are in the same service category that you are comparing apples to apples. You really need to look at why Wedding Coordinator A’s fees are $1800 and Wedding Coordinator B’s are $400. The same thing goes for photographers, caterers, DJs and other wedding vendors. While you may think a DJ is a DJ or a caterer is a caterer, the differences and qualities of their services could shock you. Make the best decision on service first, then price. There’s no need in going for something cheaper, if you have to go behind a professional and do the job all over again or fill-in gaps. You not only pay with your wallet, but also your time, which is far more precious. For example, I’ve seen some brides who will go with a rental company because they offer less expensive rentals, but opt not to get the setup. What is the purpose of getting a deal on the rentals if you are stuck setting everything up yourself on your wedding day and breaking everything down afterwards?
Just remember the great words of Sasha Souza:
“While you can find something cheaper, it won’t be the wedding you want, it will only be the price you like.”
It’s your wedding. Plan responsibly, my friends.