ALBANY, N.Y. – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
has issued tips for couples as wedding season approaches.
Schneiderman's tips are meant to
protect New Yorkers from dishonest wedding vendors looking to take advantage of
couples planning their weddings.
Before hiring a vendor, check
out these tips:
- Avoid paying cash for
products and services. Credit cards offer a dispute
process that may help protect consumers.
- Check a company's record
with the Better Business Bureau and review any complaint records.
- Insist that the company
identify the individual who will be photographing your wedding.
It is common for photographers to book more than one wedding on a date and
send someone else to shoot the wedding. Make the identity of the
photographer part of the contract.
- Check at least three
references for weddings that took place within the past three months.
Up-to-date references can offer critical insight into a vendor's recent
- Always review any contract
carefully before you sign it. Do not make
- Get multiple quotes from
different vendors before you sign a contract. Talking
to multiple businesses will give you more options and a better
understanding of the services available.
- Do not pre-pay in full.
Hold back 25 percent of the total cost until you have the products in
hand. This will create a powerful incentive for service providers like
photographers and videographers to complete the contract. In some
instances, a photographer who has been paid in full will shoot the wedding
and take months to deliver the products.
- Make sure the contract
contains due dates for each task. For example,
the pre-bridal photograph should be taken by a specified date, the proof
should be ready by a specified date and the photograph should be ready
within seven days after the consumer makes a selection.
suspect they may have been victimized are encouraged to file a complaint with
Attorney General Schneiderman's office online here or to call 1-800-771-7755.