Wednesday, April 24, 2013

10 Things the Wedding Industry Won’t Tell You…That We HAVE.

Yep, our Pres and VP are pretty amazing.

This weekend, my mother-in-law forwarded me the Wall Street Journal Article “10 Things the Wedding Industry Won’t Tell You…For Better or Worse, For Richer or Poorer,For Nickels and Dimes.” (Thanks MIL! You’re wonderful!)

Of course, I immediately read the article, which made me…HAPPY!

My happiness stemmed from the fact that everything the article said the industry tried to keep hidden were things that HJ has somehow addressed in a blog post. Let me remind you (Note, WSJ’s comments are pretty brutal):

“We could go out of business before your big day.”
Meaning: We’re a business, anything can happen.

“Inspiration boards? More like unrealistic-expectation boards.”
Meaning: Nobody keeps a couple’s expectations in check.

“We’ll punish you for those heightened expectations.”
Meaning: Many vendors charge more when it’s a wedding.

“Tax and tip not included.”
Meaning: The cost is actually more than it appears on our proposal.

“The ballroom you chose only permits ‘approved vendors’ — that cost more.”
Meaning: You pay for our exclusivity.

“Hope you’re running on schedule. We’ve overbooked.”
Meaning: One event at a time, please.

“This award isn’t exactly an Oscar.”
Meaning: It’s the type of experience that matters.

“Do sweat the small stuff — or at least the price tag on the small stuff.”
Meaning: An item’s size or importance is irrelevant when it comes to a budget.

“We’re eying your bling.”
Meaning: We check you out prior to submitting a proposal.

“Every artist was first an amateur, and many still are.”
Meaning: Experience is everything.

The point is that HJ wants our clients to be educated: we discuss each aspect of a wedding – regardless of how important – to avoid questions, problems and surprises. Although we love happy surprises, unhappy surprises are the worst!

Happy re-reading!