How to avoid wedding mark-up

Shh! I’m getting married

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

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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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