Chelsea and Mark by Renee Brazel
Welcome back to component two of our feature article “W Is For Weddings – Behind “The Wedding” Word!
two) In a tv report on the (Decision) post it was recommended that potential brides and grooms not inform the vendor that they necessary their services for a wedding, but for a party as an alternative. What impact would this have on you as a vendor?
1 wedding planner said that if a ‘couple approached us and described a pretty expensive occasion, without having mentioning it was a wedding, we would probably suggest our wedding package, as it is more expense effective to them and guarantees them a lot more service from us’.
Other vendors, such as employ cars and paper goods suppliers said that telling them the occasion was a party (when it was really a wedding), would trigger embarrassment for each the bridal party, and the vendor themselves, at not being in a position to fulfill their client’s needs adequately. It could also imply that if the vendor was unable to fulfill ‘project expectations’ it would potentially take time away from other customers (while the troubles had been rectified) and reflect adversely on their enterprise.
1 vendor said that this would this would cause anxiety and not let her to ‘make a fair quotation for (her) time and services’. Yet another vendor expressed that she would recognize following lengthy discussion with the couple that the occasion, was indeed, a wedding!
A florist stated she would spot particular orders to supply flowers for a wedding. For a regular party request, the stock flowers in the shop may be used.
A jewellery designer (as distinct from a jewellery retailer on the high street – which we did not canvas with these inquiries) said that ‘the only difference in price tag would be attributed to any distinction in the expense of materials’.
A venue operator said that while it wouldn’t impact their pricing structure, they have ‘a devoted Wedding Team……that know the inside and out of the wedding industry including the greatest suppliers, ideas on theme (ing) and entertainment and tips to make your day stand out from the rest’.
An apparel vendor told of a individual who rang up their shop and stated she was attending a wedding as a guest. After being told that there were cocktail and evening dresses that could be appropriate for the occasion, she traveled for more than an hour to get to their store, only to inform the owners that she was the bride. She had wasted her time as the shop had no wedding dresses to show her – they would have been ordered in especially for her – if she had been sincere about her requirements.
3) Would the couple’s honesty (dishonesty) have an effect on the way you supplied your service to them and what would this imply for future couples you supplied?
All vendors expressed that they would not be influenced by the couple’s (dis)honesty and would do everything they could to fulfill their needs as per the contract they had signed.
They did, nonetheless, express feelings of hurt, embarrassment and betrayal if they identified couples were not sincere with them. They also at the exact same time asked that couples be truthful with them about their budgets and expectations and not undervalue them and the services they provide.
The over-riding theme from all vendors interviewed was that they had been transparent with their pricing structures and wanted the opportunity to offer the greatest attainable service to their brides and grooms. Numerous expressed pride in the person touches they could give and felt it was an honour to participate in some way in generating the couple’s day ‘something genuinely special’.
As one particular vendor so beautifully put it ,‘I feel clientele must look at getting sincere as an benefit, as a starting point of negotiations – what’s wrong with letting the vendor know your price range, and your expectations, before assuming the price tag will jump? Honesty can operate out to be the greatest tool for each the client and the vendor, as it puts you on the exact same page. Give the vendor a possibility to do their finest to make you pleased ….’ And as an additional vendor said, ‘Why not use their expertise to make your planning ….easier?’
As often, ask lots of concerns, be sincere and upfront in your expectations and communications (and contract) with the vendor, and shop about till you discover vendors that you ‘click’ with. An additional vendor completed with ‘if a client does not trust their vendor, I would suggest that they haven’t found the proper 1 and should hold looking’.
Our heartfelt thanks go to these vendors who gave us their important time and insights in answering our survey:
Natasha at Your Specific Day
David at Cloud 9 Wedding Vehicles
Matt at Boston Limousines
David at David Frith Jewellery
Lyndsay at It’s A Date Style
Nancy at Nancy Liu Chin Designs
Sara at Bella Notte Wedding Consulting
Aletha at Pearls Events
Autumn at The Paper Couturiere
Erica at Opera Point Events
Suzi at Alannah Rose Stationery
Dannii at The Kissing Tree
Kathryn at Pink Frosting
Gisella at Exclusively Bridesmaids
Want A lot more? Verify Out These Posts:
- W Is For Weddings – Behind “The Wedding” Word
- The M Word
- Selection Wedding Report Roundtable