Choosing The Right Vendors
Updated: Jan 6, 2019
Choosing your services providers can make or break your wedding. Think you can't be fooled? Think again! Follow these tips to finding the vendors that are right for you.
Navigating through the wedding planning process can and usually is a struggle. That is why we are here to help you make choices with practical advice gained from 30 years of planning award-winning events.
Every client I have ever had wants exactly the same thing, they want a great service and pay a low price.
I think the most common thing I hear a bride to be say is, I don't really need a planner, I am pretty good about finding a good deal. Unfortunately, that is no where near the thought process they should have, but when you've never planned a wedding before, you really don't know what you don't know.
Getting hit in the face with reality
Many brides planning a wedding go into it with a pretty good self esteem. Because they can find great deals on the internet, they think they can scan Social Media and get an amazing deal. I know what I am going to say will go against what you may believe what I am going to say, but you ALWAYS get what you pay for. You may think you have out-smarted everyone and go this amazing deal, but the truth is they saw you coming a mile away.
Defining "a good deal"
So, what did you think a good deal was? Paying a lesser amount for a great service or product right? Let me ask you a question," What are you really getting?" Will you be hit with hidden charges later that you didn't know about? Will you be delivered a lesser quality product the day of the wedding? The truth is, you most likely wont know until it is too late.
Doing it right
So, how do you find a good deal? You 1st have to redefine what you think a good deal is. A reputable vendor who has been in the industry for a long time, has great reviews and maybe even some industry awards is ALWAYS worth paying more for, because they not only know what it takes to provide the service you need, but has the proof to back it up.
Don't get me wrong, you don't always have to go with the vendor that is the highest price. If you have a service that is less important to you and you are on a tight budget, then you can get a vendor with less experience, but make sure you don't have the same expectations you would for a vendor who has been in the business a long time.
I often have people call and the 1st thing they want to know is how much we charge. When they call, I am honest. I know we cost more than many other new planners in the industry, but when you get my full service package, you get the support of our full team, unlimited contact including meetings, and we are there whenever you need us. The client calling is comparing our service to another at a fraction of the cost not realizing what they truly will need down the road. So, they may book the other planner thinking the service is the same.
Comparing Apples to Oranges
Don't make the mistake of assuming all vendors provide the same service, but charge less.
I know DJs that charge 1 price and they will include anything you need with it: dance lights, microphones, 2nd system and then others who charge much less, but later when you realize you need the other items will end up costing 2 times more than the all inclusive DJ. This theory is the same for every type of service you can think of.