Shh! I’m getting married

Avoid the dreaded wedding mark-up and save thousands with this one basic strategy.

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From the September/October 2013 issue of the magazine.

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If you’re planning a wedding, there’s one sure-fire way to keep the cost down: Never admit you’re getting married. Instead, request quotes from potential vendors for your “family function” via email. Use phrases like “What’s your best price for a family gathering?” and negotiate from there to ensure you don’t fall prey to the dreaded wedding markup. “If you slap the word ‘wedding’ on it, suddenly the price goes up,” Alan Fields, co-author of Bridal Bargains, recently told 20/20 after an investigation found it’s not uncommon for everyone from DJs to florists to charge 20% to 30% more for a wedding.

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One comment on “Shh! I’m getting married

  1. Omg. This is SO true! I got married in Turkey and the hair dressers over there apply a “special” price if you tell them you want a ‘bridal up-do’, which is like $500 !!! So when I went in, I never told them that I was the bride, and my up-do was $40 instead! Of course you don’t get the special treatment and all and it hurts a bit not to be able to say, but oh well. That $450 payed a night in Greek Islands instead 😉


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