Plan for the worst on the best day of your life
Disappearing wedding dresses, cancelled venues and guests being struck down by food poisoning. Those are just a few of the complaints distressed brides and grooms made to advice line Consumer Direct last year. The good news is the Government-backed service says there are ways you can minimise the risk of things going wrong.
Operations manager Michele Shambrook explains: "Wedding contracts can be worth thousands of pounds so it's vital you shop around, compare prices, ask lots of questions and make sure you know exactly what you're getting."
Here are a few planning tips for couples planning to tie the knot:
* Set yourself a budget and stick to it.
* Plan well in advance. A lot of reported problems result from trying to do too much in too short a space of time.
* Look at a number of different venues and suppliers to compare costs and levels of service.
* Think about wedding insurance, but make sure you read the policy to see what's covered and what's excluded.
Contact the Citizens Advice service if you need help resolving any legal or money discrepancies that should arise due to an incident on your wedding day - they provide free independent and confidential advice.
Consumer Direct is a government funded organisation that also offers advice and information on government issues.