7On your side: Angie's List tips for on wedding plans - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

7On your side: Angie's List tips for on wedding plans

Brian Blume and Jill Zook will walk down the aisle and say 'I do' this November.

"I've been to enough weddings and seen enough of brides literally running around in their wedding dress freaking out directing traffic an hour before their wedding and I didn't want that,"said Zook.

So the couple enlisted the help of a wedding planner to sweat the small stuff and help them stay on budget.

 "We've got a mortgage, we have student loans, so staying on budget is very important to us. We have had to get creative on how to do that, but we are making it work," said Zook.

"While we want a nice wedding, we also want a nice life, so finding that middle ground," said Blume.
 
Wedding planners can cater to couples on all budgets in needs of various services - most starting around $1,000. A wedding planner can help find vendors to meet your price point, negotiate discounts, and provide money-saving advice.

Marie Frey is a wedding planner.

"The ways they can save money is basically using a Friday or a Sunday as their wedding day. The venues typically charge less on those particular days. They can cut back on their guest list. Each guest that they invite is going to have a dollar amount associated with them so if they can cut back on that, that's a big help. And then sometimes just having a smaller bridal party that can help them also," said Frey.

Because there are so many players involved when planning a wedding, Angie's List says you should never ignore the fine print when it comes to contracts.

Angie Hicks of Angie's List has this advice. "When planning a wedding it can be a highly emotional process so make sure you are reading all of your contracts start to finish so you understand how they are going to work."

"We've heard instances of consumers being asked to give up their right to talk about their experience when signing vendor contracts. If you see a request like that in a contract walk away from that vendor. It really calls into question how much you can trust them," said Hicks.


"You are trusting someone with one of the biggest days of your life and to know we can trust her, it's a good feeling," said Zook.

If you or someone you know is planning a wedding, Angie's list has a checklist to help get started.

Copyright 2014 KPLC All rights reserved

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Memorial Day events and closures in SWLA

    Memorial Day events and closures in SWLA

    Monday, May 29 2017 8:23 AM EDT2017-05-29 12:23:22 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The following events, closures and garbage pickup schedule changes have been announced in conjunction with the Memorial Day holiday. 

    More >>

    The following events, closures and garbage pickup schedule changes have been announced in conjunction with the Memorial Day holiday. 

    More >>
  • LC Free Summer Food Program

    LC Free Summer Food Program

    Monday, May 29 2017 6:37 AM EDT2017-05-29 10:37:41 GMT
    City of Lake Charles (Source: KPLC)City of Lake Charles (Source: KPLC)

    The program is also open to any person over 18 who has been determined by a state education agency or local public educational agency of a state to be mentally or physically handicapped and is enrolled in a public or private nonprofit school program, said Matt Young, city spokesman.

    More >>

    The program is also open to any person over 18 who has been determined by a state education agency or local public educational agency of a state to be mentally or physically handicapped and is enrolled in a public or private nonprofit school program, said Matt Young, city spokesman.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A wet week ahead for SW Louisiana

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A wet week ahead for SW Louisiana

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A wet week ahead for SW Louisiana

    Monday, May 29 2017 3:40 AM EDT2017-05-29 07:40:39 GMT
    Rainfall totals through SundayRainfall totals through Sunday
    Overall confidence on exact timing with regards to the highest rain chances this week is low since our storms will be directly associated to the development and placement of a series of larger scale thunderstorm complexes developing in other parts of the region that will send rain cooled outflow boundaries our direction, triggering additional showers and thunderstorms closer to home. In layman’s terms, our storms on Sunday resulted from outflow boundaries from thunderstorms tha...More >>
    Overall confidence on exact timing with regards to the highest rain chances this week is low since our storms will be directly associated to the development and placement of a series of larger scale thunderstorm complexes developing in other parts of the region that will send rain cooled outflow boundaries our direction, triggering additional showers and thunderstorms closer to home. In layman’s terms, our storms on Sunday resulted from outflow boundaries from thunderstorms tha...More >>
Powered by Frankly