I’m a bit of an impulsive shopper. I buy with my gut. This makes me an amazing Craigslist shopper. I strike when the iron is hot! This also means I can end up having serious buyer’s remorse on something I spent too much money on. Alternatively, I regret something I went cheap on and wish I’d spent the extra cash for the better quality product.
My husband, on the other hand, likes to research and ask 1 million people their opinion when buying, say… a toaster. He waits so long that often what he decides on is already gone or booked. He is a horrible Craigslist shopper.
How do you make booking decisions quickly,
because time is of the essence
while buying with confidence?
because deposits are non-refundable
Here are my top 3 ways to avoid buyer’s remorse and LOVE your wedding day:
- Poll your married friends. Learn from the triumphs and failures of those that did it before you. Good questions to ask are:
- What was the best decision you made while planning your wedding?
- What do you wish you would have done differently?
- What do you think was a waste of money?
- Where do you think you should have spent more money?
- Any planning regrets?
- Anything you think I must do?
- Ask your favorite vendor who they recommend. If you think your venue rep is so cool, really gets you, and has great taste, they’re going to recommend the same kind of people. Professionals are at weddings every weekend. A vendor you trust will not lead you astray. If you have a couple vendors booked, ask them for all of the same referrals and see if the same names pop up. That’s a REALLY good sign.
- Note: Vendor referrals are often not the “cheapest” options. There’s probably a good reason why your photographer is pushing for a certain coordinator over another. Ask them why, because after all, professionals are behind the scenes and see everything.
- Implement the Buyer’s Remorse Law. You read that right, there is a law that allows you up to three days to change your mind about a contract you signed. A scenario where you can’t change your mind is if you sign a contract at the business’ location. Here’s what I mean:
- You booked a vendor at a wedding trade show: You CAN change your mind!
- You booked a vendor at their place of business: You CAN’T change your mind.
The moral of the story is this: learn from your friends, trust the professionals you adore and go with your gut. You’ll be a-ok!
Written by Sheena Kalso