“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay a little.
When you pay too much, you lose a little money, that’s all.
When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything,
because the thing you bought was incapable
of doing the thing it was bought to do.
The common law of business balance prohibits
paying a little and getting a lot... it can’t be done.
If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something
for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough
to pay for something better”.
- John Ruskin -
“There is hardly a product of our culture that someone cannot make a little worse and sell for a little less, and the one who puts price above all other considerations is the natural prey of this man”.
- John Ruskin -
“The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after
the sweetness of low cost is forgotten”.
- Unknown -
About Articles And "How To's" In Magazines
There are hundreds of national and a few Hawaii wedding websites with "How To" pieces which give you hints on "choosing, selecting, planning, etc". Some websites even have their own "Best & Worst" list while others just have scary "Watch Out For..." lists.
We suggest that when you read these articles, simply don't believe everything you read .
We've actually written many "How To" and "Tips" articles for magazines and have been published in many different Hawaii bridal publications and then later, on big national websites, so we know a little about what we're talking about here.
The fact is, while there are obvious suggestions and "tips", a lot of what's written is just one person's opinion. Some only promote the way they do business, some write what they have been told by others, and some just copy it from somewhere else and call it their own. And much of the information passed along is just incorrect.
You don't know how many articles we've read which make proclamations which are just wrong! In fact, we professionals get new clients all asking us the same questions that, there must be a new "How To" or "What To Look For or Avoid" article.
The worst offenders are the "How To" articles. The ones which tell you how to select one vendor versus another, what to look for, what to avoid, etc. Many of the "How To's", "The Best And Worst Of", Best Times", etc. are just affirmations of the way they do business and they're just pushing their own service. It really becomes, "how to pick me" and avoid everyone else because they are "bad".
The best thing you can do is educate yourself with a variety of sources and don't accept anything as absolute. If you are hiring individual vendors, we suggest you listen to what they say because more time than not, that's what you'll get, irrespective of any list you may be following. If you are using a wedding service provider such as ours, listen to what we have to say and weigh it against others.
Don't believe everything? Even from us? Nah, better you believe us :)
The wedding industry is no different than any other, you're going to see just as many claims as you see for diet programs on TV.
Watch out for websites which are contrary to the majority of things you've read on other websites. For example, websites which only do weddings in one area of the island or one location (where they live) or only at times to suit their schedule but, call it "the best time for your wedding" or "the best locations".
There's another website saying Magic Island the "worst" location. Why? They live too far away don't want to drive there!
Another says Waimanalo Bay Beach Park if the best spot on the Waimanalo Beach coastline. Why? Because they do a setup and sit there all day long. No need to actually go to the best spots on Waimanalo or to the best spot for that specific couples wedding which may be in Honolulu.
There are websites out there which offer packages containing standard industry services far below standard industry prices.
One website which ranks at the top of Google and looks nice, offers minister, photos, bouquet, lei, toast, limousine, free wedding cake, 30 minutes extra photo time and a who bunch of "pseudo" services for $525 but, what are you really getting? We know what you're getting and it ain't what it reads out to be.
Other websites give you all the photos or more (unnecessary) photo time but, the photos are crappy. You got what you paid for.
The simple old maxim holds true, "If it looks too good to be true, it is!"