Everyone (no matter how much money they have) has a budget or total investment in mind when it comes to planning their wedding. Perhaps it’s a total dollar amount and for some people it’s a dollar figure by vendor category (photographer, planner, catering, et al).
Your choices on how much to invest in each area of your wedding is primarily based on personal importance and what you deem is worthy for your investment.
less experienced vendors:
Often less experienced vendors will offer a lower price point when compared to a more seasoned wedding veteran. And it’s understandable to lean towards these vendors because you can save money. The DJ that has great equipment, but really never worked at a wedding. The planner that is earnest, but has no previous experience, nor resources. The photographer that does really great portrait shots, but has never shot a wedding.
It’s your money and it’s your wedding. But before you sign on that dotted line, please take this into consideration.
Sometimes what may seem to be saving you money, may cost your more in the end. We’ve seen it happen too many times over the ten years we have been planning. We watch our brides grow frustrated at the lack of returned phone calls or emails. We watch them be concerned at whether or not this newer vendor will perform what they have promised.
We receive the 2 am emails from our brides…
[quote author="Stressed Out Bride"]I can’t sleep and my mind is racing about Vendor Z because I haven’t heard back from them for weeks. Are they going to show up? And now they are complaining that they don’t have this or that. What should I do?[/quote]
It takes all the restraint in the world to not answer, “Why did you hire them in the first place?”
Sure you may save $500 or $1,000 or whatever dollars. What is it worth to you in having peace of mind?
hiring friends as your vendors:
We were just chatting with a 2012 bride this weekend. Her exact words to us were:
[quote author="Real Bride"]Please blog about NOT HIRING friends as vendors. We were pretty disappointed with our photos.[/quote]
It happens all the time. A friend is a friend, and it’s hard to mix business with pleasure. Especially if there are problems to discuss.