WJLA: July 2018

Wedding industry professionals see a disturbing trend of bait and switch

Professionals in the wedding industry say they’re seeing a disturbing trend of bait and switch.

Photographers, makeup artists, and bakers say they’re being lied to so brides and grooms can get a better deal.

Ariel Meadow Stallings, the Seattle-based author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides explains the reason for what she calls “the great white lie.”

“Couples are feeling frustrated, feeling there was a wedding tax and things getting marked up when getting bids,” Meadow Stallings said. “Weddings are high stress events, with a lot of family expectations, cultural expectations, and unfortunately, there are corners of the wedding industry that exploit the insecurity for financial benefit.”

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Author of Offbeat Bride (Seal Press; 2007, 2009, 2019) and the forthcoming Shitshow After-Party (Seal Press, 2020), Ariel Meadow Stallings likes to poke at the soft places of overlap between culture, identity, relationships, and personal development.