Use Caution when Cutting Corners

Posted by Azure on January 19th, 2010
Special to OneWed by Craig Sumsky, director of Cutting Edge Entertainment of Cutting Edge Entertainment

So many bridal buzzwords are going around today, like "green, D.I.Y. and recessionista" (or simply recession). About a month ago I stumbled upon an article right here on the Savvy Scoop which gave advice regarding the value of a DJ service and how one might save some cash by using an iPod instead. Being a DJ, I responded. There is a great deal of difference between an iPod and a DJ, and ever since I spoke up Savvy Scoop has been asking me to contribute to their blog, particularly with my thoughts on this topic.

Yet it goes beyond iPod vs. DJ. Recently some ‘once’ respected publications have reverted to some really awful D.I.Y. advice. Don’t get me wrong, cutting corners is fine, especially if you have a budget that isn’t flexible, but what many of these articles do not do is paint the bigger picture of the D.I.Y. Pointing out savings is one thing, but to not weigh the sacrifice is something else entirely.

For example, services are typically shopped by price, which makes sense. If I hire Home Depot to put in a carpet for me because they charge significantly less than anyone else, and they mistakenly install the wrong color, they can come back another day and correct the mistake. There are no do-overs on your wedding day.

The day of your wedding is a very bad time to discover that the iPod just isn’t getting your guests up on the dance floor, or that the wedding cake your aunt offered to bake didn’t turn out so well. The day you arrive home from your honeymoon is a bad time to discover that the friend you asked to take wedding photos had a few too many rum and cokes. I could go on, but I think you get the idea. Two sayings come to mind…Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.” “You get what you pay for.

If you’re willing to take a chance, that’s fine, but understand that often times cutting corners means sacrificing service. Like I said earlier, there are no do-overs.

If you really want to save money, just get married and skip the wedding. Just sayin’ Helpful Links: Find Your Pro Wedding DJ Wedding Checklist, to keep you on track of all your wedding planning, DIY or not! Advice
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