As I meet with brides to discuss their wedding day and how we can capture those moments, I hear recurring stories of what happened to the sister, friend, or neighbor. Please, please when you are booking an event, ask questions of your vendors. Are they insured and licensed? Are they a registered business? Do they have a history, a store front, training? What is their style?
This is your day--the day you want to be as perfect as possible. Make sure you have the best you can afford. And consider, the person on craigslist or the friend who wants to help, may not be the cheapest in the end. The products they offer may not be what you want. They may be slow in delivery or not show up at all. Hire a pro and they will give you a quality product so you can relax and enjoy the moment. (They also have great recommendations of other vendors who do great work!)