Wedding planners can help couples secure discounts, avoid costly mistakes

Wedding planner Judy Lehmbeck discusses trends.
Oklahoman Published: March 26, 2014
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Q&A with Judy Lehmbeck

Wedding planners’ expertise

can help brides reduce costs

Q: Is spring still the biggest season for weddings?

A: No, weddings are now 12 months a year.

Q: How much do weddings cost these days?

A: The national average is about $30,000.

Q: Does the bride’s family still traditionally pay for weddings?

A: Well, many times the groom’s family will pay for the band or the flowers.

Q: What does the groom’s family typically cover?

A: Traditionally, the groom’s family pays for the honeymoon, the rehearsal dinner, and there is a portion of the flowers, to include the bride’s bouquet, the mothers’ and grandmothers’ flowers and all of the boutonnieres, except the groom’s.

Q: Any quick tips on holding down costs?

A: A wedding planner can save you a lot of money, from discounts they may get and from making costly mistakes.

Q: What hidden costs do people forget about?

A: Tax and gratuity.

PAULA BURKES, BUSINESS WRITER

by Paula Burkes
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