There’s no doubt weddings can be expensive and they can deplete your savings in more ways than one, especially if brides and grooms fall victim to scams. When it comes to planning your nuptials, be on the lookout for con artists. Here are 4 wedding scams you will want to avoid.
Beware of fake vendors. Every year, brides and grooms shell out cash to DJ’s, photographers and bakers who don’t show up. Say what you will about your baker’s dry cake or your DJ’s bad song choices. However, this pales in comparison to complaints about vendors who take your cash and don’t bother to do anything at all and are MIA on your big day. Before deciding who to hire, research companies by reading reviews. Friends who have already tied the knot may also be a valuable resource, as they may be able to give you some recommendations. We also suggest paying with your Sandia Area Mastercard whenever possible, as you can rest assured with our Zero Liability Guarantee.
Gift theft. Not only do engaged couples spend a lot- they’re also on the receiving end of some very valuable gifts. While some gifts are purchased online and sent straight to the soon-to-be bride and groom, many gifts are still brought to the wedding. And you guessed it- thieves are waiting to steal them. Newlyweds have reported having wedding crashers steal thousands of dollars’ worth of cash, checks and gift cards. While there is such a thing as wedding insurance (believe it or not), experts suggest couples take other precautions, including placing the gift table away from exits and asking a friend or family member to take charge of collecting and securing gifts.
Counterfeit dresses. According to a 2016 survey by The Knot, the average bride shells out $1,564 for her dress and an additional $301 on accessories- which includes the veil, shoes, and jewelry. So it’s not surprising that brides look for ways to cut costs, shopping around for lower prices on their dream dress from an online-only boutique or from listings on a marketplace. However, be careful, as finding a $1,200 dress for $200 isn’t always a steal. In their online photos imitation dresses often look exactly like the designer version, but are actually made of cheap materials, are less elaborate and are poorly constructed. Sometimes, the dress never even arrives. To avoid fakes, look for authorized retailers on the designer’s website, read reviews, and check out the BBB Accredited bridal shop list.
Home burglary. Theft isn’t always limited to items at the wedding. Thieves may also target the homes of couples celebrating their nuptials, or who are away on their honeymoon. Wedding announcements on social media and details on wedding web sites can provide potential thieves with a solid timeframe of when couples won’t be home, as well as personal details that can help identify a home address. Couples can limit their risk by locking up valuables before leaving for their honeymoon, asking a trusted friend or neighbor to stop by regularly and halting all mail and newspaper delivery. You should also limit sharing celebration details to only close friends and family you can trust.
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