There have been so many events I have worked where the bride & groom have decided to hire a "friend" to help out! Yes, they might have given you a better price on their services, but was their service up to par? The reason I bring this up is because most of the time the fall short on their end.
I recently worked a wedding where the caterer was a friend of the bride & groom. The caterer gave them an incredible deal on their services...... who wouldn't pass up a bargain when feeding 150+ guests? Things add up very quickly when planning a wedding, so I understand the reason for finding a deal. However, from the get go the caterer was very unprofessional, lacked staff members and did a poor job of holding up their end.
I found myself bussing tables, cleaning up around the venue, pushing in chairs, and even had to assist cutting/serving their 4 tier wedding cake! As a cooridnator, my job is to make sure things run smoothly. This has not been the first time that I had to put on yet another hat to make sure my bride & grooms night went perfect!
My advice to anyone planning their wedding, is to do your research! If you have a friend that just got ordained and you want them to marry you.......make sure they practice reading. If your friend is an upcoming DJ, make sure he's gonna be there all night and not be at the bar drinking with friends. This day is such a special day, hiring friends with lack of experience can make or break a wedding!