Are you needlessly paying outrageous
Why would pay actually MORE when you can
easily find the same quality products and
vendors for LESS?
If you ENJOY WASTING MONEY, then don't read
..But if you absolutely MUST SAVE BIG in
order to make your dream wedding come true,
you're going to love, love, love the specific
ideas I'm about to share (*Hint: If it says
"WEDDING", expect to pay a 25-300% mark-up!)
Ready or not, here they come...
*** I Almost Got Scammed ***
"Hi there, I do have a story to share of a time
when I was almost scammed.
I called a site in San Jose to ask how much it
would cost to reserve the site for a wedding
reception. The woman told me the price, which
I then called back a few days later, asking
another woman how much it would cost to rent
the site for a "reception". The quote was half
Because I said reception, instead of wedding
reception, I saved BIG. I was almost scammed,
but luckily reserved the site for my reception
at half the price (the RIGHT price, not some
- Angela Malmstrom"
Nice going Girlfriend!
This is a perfect example of the OUTRIGHT
GREED and MANIPULATION that many businesses
try to pull on us brides!
I mean, just because you're planning a
wedding doesn't mean you magically have
loads of extra money to burn, does it?
So why do these vendors think they can get
away with this charade?
Unfortunately, because many brides are too
naive to know any better...which is EXACTLY
what these predatory wedding pros are
That's right, I said it...they're PREDATORS
because they prey on and victimize brides
for their own gain.
What's so insane about it is that this
predatory behavior is that it is common
practice almost everywhere!
Frankly, I think it is disgraceful!
And that's why I'm so committed to helping
You see, what the wedding industry doesn't
want you to know (and hates that I'm telling
you) is that anything with the word WEDDING
attached to it is going to cost you 25-300%
more than the NON-WEDDING version of the
Lucky for you, you were able to outsmart
them at their own game...
I mean, if they think they can charge you
double or triple when you tell them your
event is a wedding... you certainly can
play the same game and get a quote for a
"party" or "family gathering", right?
Well guess what? You can expand this
concept to your entire wedding by looking
for the "NON-WEDDING" versions of literally
Now a lot of wedding professionals get
totally "bent out of shape" when I make
Well all I have to say is this...
Yes, there are many wonderful HIGH PRICED
Pros out there who have the experience and
ability to do a wonderful job for you (AND
deserve to make a living like anyone else)...
BUT IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD their inflated
Then just let the "Rich and Careless" brides
pay those outrageous mark-ups, while you go
out and find yourself some steals...
Because I assure you that can almost always
find someone else who can satisfy your needs
for FAR LESS than the Predators and Pros!
Not sure how to do this?
Then you're definitely going to want to
read the following examples shared by two
different brides who SAVED HUGE on their
photography costs and got everything on
...Plus a third success story from a bride
who found BIG BARGAINS on her flowers and
And if these brides can do it, so can you!
Let's find out how...
*** Can You Picture this? ***
I have another photographer suggestion.
I know a number of very talented artists, and
after asking around, I found one who wants to
"break in" to wedding photography.
Her problem? She doesn't have a portfolio!
My solution? I traded my right to the negatives
and copyrights, and I gave her permission to use
us in her portfolio, for her services.
Basically, for the cost of developing and
reprinting, I received unlimited engagement,
bridal and wedding photography time, and per
our contract, I can order as many reprints and
enlargements as I want at her cost.
I understand this deal could have cost me
thousands upon thousands of dollars.
I expect to spend around $300, and she agreed
to do a "test shoot" of our "family" to make
sure we were on the same page stylistically.
They are among the best photos I've ever seen
of myself. I would have been willing to pay
thousands for her quality work.
Now that's what I call a super deal!
Just one little piece of advice as far as
working with a total "newcomer" (no matter how
stylistically talented you think she is)...
It is a very good idea to write down a list
of all the MUST HAVE shots along with a timeline
for the day and review it with her BEFORE your
wedding so she doesn't miss anything that a Pro
automatically knows to shoot.
Just keep in mind that you want to "tell the
story" of your wedding in pictures, and therefore
should think about the following ahead of time:
1) What shots will the story begin with?
2) What significant People, Moments and
Perspectives MUST SHE capture to tell the
3) How will you create a picture perfect ending?
*** Finding A Photographer On Your Terms ***
"Your advice has been so helpful.
After reading your warnings about wedding
packages and hidden charges from pro
photographers I realized I had better start
looking for a freelance photographer early
on in the game.
I came across an awesome website called
creativemoonlighter.com which is absolutely
free and very user-friendly. You create
a classified ad type job listing describing
exactly what you need done. Local pros bid
on the job you have listed, and they follow
YOUR rules, instead of the other way around.
You name your rate. You specify that you
need to keep the negatives or disk at no
extra charge. You specify that a contract
must be in place for your mutual protection,
and that you insist on seeing previous work
Within days I had several bids from local pros
with extensive background credentials, willing
to work for $20-$30 an hour, INCLUDING the film,
the prints, and the negatives! This allows me
to figure in a generous tip for the pro I hire,
which I think is what all brides would prefer to
do, rather than feel they've already been tapped
out by outrageous charges.
Please share the link with your readers. They
will be giving business to sincere local pros,
and taking it away from the greedy scam artists!
Great tip...Thanks for sharing!
FYI: Creativemoonlighter.com has been bought
by Guru.com and I'm not sure if it's as good
as it used to be...
However, many of my readers have reported
similar "great finds" on respond.com and
craigslist.org so be sure to check those
*** How I Saved On My Flowers & Cake ***
I have been a faithful reader of yours for quite
some time now. Your book has inspired me to be
creative in achieving the wedding I want on a
budget my pocket could afford. I would like to
share two of my successes with you.
FLOWERS: For the centerpieces, I wanted this
dramatic look but did not want to spend a lot of
money on something that was going to die.
I went to A.C. Moore when they were having one
of their often advertised 50% off sales on
flowers and approached one of their floral
designers. I told her the look I was going for
and brought in swatches of both my dress color
and the color of the bridesmaids dresses. She
quickly went to work finding flowers that she
thought would best compliment my color scheme.
A week later she showed me an example, and it
was absolutely beautiful.
The best part was that A.C. Moore does free
floral arranging as long as you buy their flowers.
The total cost for each centerpiece including tax
I took the centerpiece to a florist to see how
much they would charge to replicate it using real
flowers and was quoted a price between $75.00
and $100.00. Can you believe that?
CAKE: I used your suggestion of networking to
save big here.
While at a florist in my earlier stages of
planning, I happened to strike up a friendly
conversation with the florist who I knew had
just done a wedding for a friend of mine.
I told her how I knew that anything "wedding"
related always cost more than what it should.
Well, even though her prices for flowers were
way out of my budget, she gave me the number to
a woman who does cakes on the side as a hobby.
I met with the woman and showed her the cake that
I wanted and she only charged me $1.50 per slice!
The total cost for a five-tier cake with
decorations only cost me $300 versus the $700
that a well-known baker wanted to charge me.
She even has her own van and delivers the cakes
Well, sorry to write you such a long e-mail, but
I just wanted you to know how much your book has
helped me to consider things that don't have the
word wedding attached to them and to save money
in the process.
Your words of wisdom are ones that I will
definitely keep with me to use in other areas of
my life as well.
So happy I was able to inspire you!
You're proof positive that literally
ANY BRIDE can save big by using the
simple techniques I teach to saving.
The common theme I see in your successes
is that you were not afraid to communicate
and ask questions.
This is KEY.
A lot of brides are afraid to ask a lot
questions or negotiate discounts because
they're afraid of imposing, appearing rude,
or embarrassing themselves.
They don't realize how easy it is to take
charge like you did...
You get what I mean when I say,"It's your
wedding, so act like it! You're spending
the money, so YOU ARE IN CHARGE!"
The fact is, there will ALWAYS be someone
willing to meet your needs in exchange for
YOUR money, so the sooner you put yourself
in the "Directors Chair" the better!
Makes complete sense now doesn't it?
So ask for help and advice from everyone
and anyone you can (the worst that can happen
is they say "Sorry, I can't help you!")...
Likewise, don't ever feel embarrassed to tell
the truth and say, "I can't afford you/this
on my budget, are you flexible on your price
or can you recommend someone else who can help
You'll be amazed at how many vendors will
drop their prices on the spot!
Okay, I gotta run...
I'll write you again soon.
Stephi Stewart Weddings, Inc.
311 N. Robertson Drive #114
Beverly Hills, CA 90211