Tulsa - Spring means weddings. But, buyer beware. Studies show the average wedding costs 26-thousand dollars. And, that 'kaching' can add a lot of stress to an already overwhelming situation. 8 On Your Side investigator Cindy Morrison has a very timely consumer alert.
We received a frantic call from a mother of the bride. The hotel hosting the wedding reception was bumping them for a bigger party. The hotel offered another room -- one they didn't want. And, that left us thinking, can a hotel do that?
The Crown Plaza never called us back. But, we got our hands on the hotel contract with the bride and groom. And yes, it does say the hotel reserves the right to reassign the space. Yikes! How many brides-to-be out there could be facing the same kind of issue?
"When you're planning a wedding, it's always buyer beware," says Rick Brinkley with the Tulsa Better Business Bureau. He says don't let emotion override your business savvy.
"Whatever is the most important to you needs to be very specific, laid out in writing in the contract at the time you sign that contract," Brinkley says.
If you find yourself in a pickle and needing help, don't be afraid to call the experts.
"I've had a lot of emergencies happen before," says Bridal Consultant Jennifer Thompson. "So, you can call me and say do you know of another place? I have lists of all the places in town for weddings."
The mother of the bride eventually found another place to have the reception. But, with wedding invitations already printed, it's no wonder she called 8 On Your Side furious.
"What every business owner needs to understand is that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. But hell really hath no fury like the mother of the bride scorned."
One way to take the pressure off the bride and her mom is to hire a wedding planner at the beginning. But, that price isn't included in that 26-thousand dollar wedding average we told you about. A wedding planner is another ten percent.