Making smart hiring decisions can ease wedding stress

LEWISTON, ID - Planning a wedding is an exciting time, but it can also be very emotional and stressful!

In this week's Angie's List Report, we learn how to ease the stress by making smart hiring decisions.

Bridal shops, tuxedo rental, and wedding planners all made repeat appearances on Angie's Lists' "Most Complained about Categories" list for 2011. This was based on overall experience, price, quality, responsiveness, punctuality and professionalism.

"When it came to tuxedo rental shops and bridal shops, it came to orders not coming in on time, problems with alterations and general customer service," said Angie's List owner Angie Hicks. "When we looked at the reviews for wedding planners it came down to things not being completed according to the contract as well as missed deadlines."

Look for someone with experience in providing services for numerous weddings. Is the company helpful and professional? Check review sites such as Angie's List and ask for recommendations from family and friends.

"The average wedding these days is over $20,000 so being sure that you are taking your time and documenting well all the services you are hiring is very important," said Hicks. "So make your down payment as required as according to your contract, but don't pay everything upfront and pay with a credit card and stretch the rest of the payments out as services are rendered."

And when it comes to shopping for wedding gowns, it's easy to get overwhelmed.

"I like to have a bride narrow down her silhouettes first which means the style of gown she is choosing," said bridal shop manager Tracy Moore. "There are just about 5 or 6 actual silhouettes of gowns whether it is a ball gown or trumpet style. I like to help her narrow down her silhouette first that eliminates the need to continue to try on ball gowns when what she is really looking for is a slim trumpet shape."

And give yourself plenty of time, plenty of time for ordering your dress and plenty of time for alterations. When a bride goes in to try on wedding gowns, Moore said to avoid bringing a lot of people with you. Try to limit it to just 2 or 3 really close family and friends.