Quality Talk

SSo there’s that scene in Father of the Bride where George (Steve Martin) comes down the stairs the morning of the wedding and loses a button on his tuxado. Franck (Martin Short) goes to sew it back on and notices the tuxado is dark blue not black. Turns out George got so upset about how much his daughter’s wedding was going to cost, he bought his “designer Armani” tuxado from a door-to-door salesman for cheap and not only got a blue tuxado but a polyester one as well.

It’s time to talk quality.

When you put the words “quality” and “wedding” together it becomes a tricky thing. Usually you get what you pay for. That isn’t always the case with weddings. There are lots and lots of people who will rip a doe-eyed bride off in a heartbeat, probably as easily as stealing candy from a baby. In those cases brides may be shelling out top dollar for really bad quality items or in the worst cases nothing at all if the vendor is a real con artist. Wedding is the magic word even with vendors who are legit and honest. Dollar signs will go off in their heads immediately and mark the price up on anything and everything they can. That’s just how the wedding industry works. In these cases, paying more money isn’t buying you more quality.

But if you are buying a silk wedding gown instead of one made out of man-made material you are getting better quality for more money. That’s the way it’s supposed to work, right? And sometimes you can even find a better quality vendor or item for less money if you do enough shopping around.

I guess my point here is that you probably aren’t going to get the best quality item for everything in your wedding. You will probably have to make some sacrifices to remain on budget. I, for instance, decided that I didn’t need a silk wedding gown and saved a whole bunch of money. On the reverse side Justin and I both really wanted to have really good food at our reception so we expanded the catering budget a bit to accommodate that.

I’m going to boil all this down for you. Make it short and sweet. On one hand, you may get better quality if you pay top dollar. But on the other hand, you may get screwed.

Just keep this in mind: it may be easy to go with the most expensive, most recommended option but it isn’t always going to be the better option. Take your time researching things and most of the time you’ll find the best quality for the best price. It’s all about what you put into it and what’s important to you.

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