TOP 10 WAYS OF AVOIDING WEDDING SCAMMERS

wedding flaxbourne gardensI’m going to start this by saying that I don’t want to scare​ you with this talk of avoiding wedding scammers, or to tell you what to do. However I’ve noticed a big rise in the number of scammers popping up, especially on social media in wedding groups, dedicating their time to luring you into their clutches with too-good-to-be-true deals & grabbing your cash. These are just some ways to spot a scammer, & how to avoid getting stung. If you’ve any worries, then get in touch on hello@beckiemelvinweddings.co.uk

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  1. Hire a wedding planner – honestly, we are the BEST way to avoid getting scammed. We have all the contacts, we know all the best people, & (perhaps most importantly) we also know the ones to avoid. Click here for information on services that I provide <<HERE>>
  2. Go on recommendations – Ask your friends & family who supplied the items at THEIR wedding, recommendations from people you know go a long way.
  3. Attend a wedding show – generally (although admittedly this isn’t 100% a guarantee), scammers won’t bother to spend money on attending a show. So going along to local wedding open days can be a good way to collect details of great local companies.
  4. Meet your supplier IN PERSON – I’m amazed at the number of people who just send money to someone they’ve never met, on the promise of a service they’ve not actually seen evidence of in person. Amazed & scared quite frankly! Please PLEASE meet your suppliers in person, be that at a wedding show, at their premises, or mutually convenient meeting space.
  5. Get a contract – again, a worrying number of people don’t get a contract for the work they’re expecting a supplier to carry out. A contract means that should something go wrong (WHICH IT WON’T!) then you have something solid to proceed with to get your money back.
  6. Get their contact details before signing anything – A bit similar to getting the contract, also ensure you have the suppliers phone number, address & email address. A Facebook message just doesn’t cut it when it comes to one of the biggest days of your life, you need to have it all official.
  7. Avoid cheap counterfeit items such as cut price wedding dresses from Chinese sites – even if you’re on a budget, there’s no reason to support knock off companies. Most dress shops will have a sale rail with discounted gowns, & even high street department shops can now offer bridal wear at affordable prices.  If you’re unsure if a website you’ve spotted is legitimate or counterfeit, pop me their address & I can quickly confirm for you.
  8. Do your research – the majority of wedding businesses have social media presence, which is a great way to reach a wider audience. However, don’t rely solely on a pretty Instagram feed. Look on Google for reviews, testimonials, ask others in the area if they’ve worked with that wedding supplier… or even better, ask your wedding planner 😉
  9. Don’t be money led – think with your brain, not your wallet. A bargain is all well & good but if you end up being done out of your cash & having to pay again, then was it such a good idea? Be sensible, & RESEARCH.
  10. If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is – it’s a bit of an old fashioned saying but one I fully stand by. Once again, think carefully & research.
  11. Hire a wedding planner – yep, I snuck in a bonus & repeated myself. You know it makes sense to help you in avoiding those wedding scammers!  Bxx

Email me today if you have any concerns over a supplier you’re considering, I’d be very happy to give you my input, including letting you know if they appear on a central well known scammers database. hello@beckiemelvinweddings.co.uk