I’ve worked with several clients who have asked their friends to provide a service at their wedding. Sometimes the friends were professionals in the field and other times they were amateurs or hobbyists who promised a deep discount or free service as a gift to the couple. In most instances, the couples got what they paid for.
Some time ago, I managed a wedding where the DJ showed up five minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to begin so we had to postpone it 30 minutes to allow him time to set up. Another time, when dessert was served, people bit into a beautifully decorated, yet dry and awful tasting wedding cake baked by an aspiring baker. I know of another couple who just celebrated their 4 year anniversary and have yet to receive wedding pictures from the “friend” they hired to capture memories of their special day.
Yes, weddings can be expensive and it’s beneficial to look for ways to save on costs and yes, your friends care for you and want to be there for you during the most important day of your life. But, you’re better off hiring a professional who you have a great camaraderie with and is contractually bound to provide you with excellent service.
My advice? Save yourself the stress and disappointment of working with friends and allow them to celebrate your wedding as a guest.
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