Anyone who’s ever planned a wedding – hell, anyone who’s ever talked to anyone planning a wedding – knows it’s not a cheap process.
Despite a recent trend towards Pinterest-style wedding crafts and inexpensive online invitations, the average cost of a wedding remains between $36,200 and $54,000 — and that often doesn’t include the honeymoon.
Now, a consumer watchdog has revealed one disturbing reason those costs are so high: it seems suppliers ramp up their prices as soon as they hear the W-word.
And of the 36 suppliers contacted, the watchdog found a number of florists, venues and hire car companies quoted the ‘bride-to- be’ more.
The categories most guilty of inflating their prices were:
Half of the venues — three of six — turned out to charge more for weddings, despite the fact both ‘celebrations’ involved the same number of guests and identical requirements.
The watchdog also reported: “one venue told (the ‘party’ shopper) they don’t accept bookings for any kind of function other than a wedding on Saturday nights, while another told her she would have to pay ‘wedding prices’ if she wanted to secure a Saturday.”
CHOICE reports that photographers’ quotes were ‘very mixed’, but that one upmarket photographer quoted the ‘bride-to-be’ more than double the ‘birthday’ planner.
The bride was quoted a whopping $4750 for a five-hour package, despite her insistence she only needed two hours of photography– compared to the $1495 quote given to the woman planning a ‘party’.
One photographer tried to justify his costs using a hard sell built on emotion.