Final year, Choice Magazine (an independent Customer based publication in Australia) did a survey on no matter whether vendors truly charge far more for weddings than other events. We touched on this problem when I interviewed vendors, and wrote about it in February “W Is For Weddings- Behind The Wedding Word Part One particular & Element Two“. It’s an concern I’ve been incredibly interested in and one I want to keep discussing.
Flowers and cake from Sweet Art, Henry Roth and the Henry Roth “Zoe” gown.
With the report providing such hot debate in the business and amongst brides, Choice decided to take it a step further and hold a ‘Round Table’ discussion at Sydney’s TOKO Restaurant with some of Sydney’s top wedding experts to go over the issue.
Moderating the discussion was Henry Roth. With Anthea Leonard from Sweet Art, Lynleigh McPherson from Belinda Franks Catering, Lorraine Elliot from Not Fairly Nigella, Phoebe Gazal from Papier d’Amour, David Mendes from KAREN Magazine, Alicia Richardson from The Knot, Claire Aristedis from Lifegloss, Matt Lee from Infinity Photography, and Matthew Duchesne from Milk & Honey Photography attending.
Also in attendance was Option reporter Kate Browne, as properly as Fiona Wood, Sian Jenkins, Leigh Golombick and Sean O’Byrne from Mark Communications.
As we touched on with our personal discussions in February, trusting your vendor and using vendors you are comfortable with is extremely crucial to keep away from the ‘wedding value tag’ discomfort.
The ‘Round Table’ agreed that full disclosure by the consumer is crucial. All suppliers agreed that by speaking clients through the added worth they’re supplying for dealing with a wedding, they would stay away from a sticky circumstance later on – so ask your vendors to explain why they charge what they charge.
Vendors felt that a lot of what they do for weddings is left unsaid (and unseen!) and as a result there are frequently misunderstandings, top to a bride feeling she is being “ripped off”. The additional time spent catering to the interest to detail demanded by brides may possibly have been factored in as the ‘standard’ service supplied by the vendor for weddings.
The group agreed that customers should come with a budget in mind and inform the vendor upfront. This means the vendor can tailor a package to your price range. The group agreed that vendors and customers each want to manage their expectations, be clear and upfront and be flexible with every single other.
Whilst a ‘regulatory body’ thought was discussed and thought of as a excellent thought, the vendors failed to see a fair way of implementing it.
The round table in action, sweet treats from Belinda Franks Catering.
The group agreed on a quantity of points to make sure you, the bride and groom, are comfy with your vendors and their charges, and that you do not really feel stung by the ‘wedding’ word.
-Analysis vendors (utilising bridal forums, web sites, social media and via word of mouth)
-Come to the vendor meeting with a budget outline
-Ask as many inquiries as possible of the vendor to make sure you are 100% comfy with the level of service and the explanation behind the charges
-Be very clear with the vendor about your expectations of the level of service you demand
-Be upfront that the occasion is a wedding so both you and your supplier start off the relationship honestly and you both have the very same expectation of the occasion.
-If you are unsure of set packages, ask about flexibility within these packages
-Set up an initial one on a single meeting with the vendor to make certain you get along with them. If you have any doubts, attempt and resolve them in a frank discussion, or search for yet another supplier. Following all your connection could span many, several months!
I delayed writing about the round table as I was waiting for an audio recording of the event, however the audio didn’t turn out, but the Selection team did make a video which gives a small insight into the discussions that took place!
Want More? Check Out These Posts:
- W Is For Weddings – Behind “The Wedding” Word Part Two
- W Is For Weddings – Behind “The Wedding” Word
- Wedding Budgets and Bothers