TOP 10 WAYS OF AVOIDING WEDDING SCAMMERS
I’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 email@example.com
- 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>>
- Go on recommendations – Ask your friends & family who supplied the items at THEIR wedding, recommendations from people you know go a long way.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 😉
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. firstname.lastname@example.org