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Bride – Wedding Vendor Relationship

You are the Bride and your wedding day is all about you. Of course! Every vendor will cater to your needs. Every friend and family member will shower you with gifts. People will give you the special attention you deserve because you are the Bride. The red carpet will roll out for you and everyone wants to be a part of your special day! In fact, businesses will give you 100% off of everything, why? Because you are the Bride! It’s YOUR wedding and everyone must do what you say! Right? Wrong!

Let’s be realistic. Everyone wants to do everything they can to make your day perfect but keep in mind there is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.

Thousands of weddings are planned in Northeastern Ohio every day. In fact, over 25,000 weddings occur in the state of Ohio every year. In a 70 Billion dollar retail industry, it may seem as if the sky is the limit and you will find everything you within your budget. However, you are going to need to be cooperative and understanding—what you have budgeted to pay may not BE the price you pay. Before you end up with that perfectly pedicured foot in your mouth, it might be worth reading a few key points to a successful Bride-Vendor relationship.

Chances are, if you haven’t spent your whole life imagining the perfect wedding you have at least spent the engagement era fantasizing about your day. And you should have a fabulous day! But, let’s not forget the amount of time, effort and care that will go into the execution of the wedding. There are many people making this day possible and those people need to be treated fairly and with respect. After all, since you are the Bride you may start demanding respect. You will be respected, but in turn you will need to return the favor. Honey is better than vinegar. The best way to get what you want is to be a courteous client.

Be patient while you’re going through the planning process. You have probably never purchased some of these goods and services before. Even if you have, you may be working with new companies. As a Bride-to-be, you are giving these vendors a chance to be part of your special event. Don’t assume because something is expensive that businesses are just taking advantage of you. In every business, there is always the operating COST. With all of the high-tech equipment and expertise out there, try not to get defensive before you find out more information about the expense of doing business with a company. Do some research by interviewing several vendors in each category. Give yourself time to make decisions and gather the answers you need.

When you’re looking for a top-notch vendor—be a top notch client. Do them the honor of being on time for your scheduled appointments. If you can’t make it, be considerate and call. Many of these vendors have lives, families and obligations. Standing them up for an evening appointment could mean interfering with their entire evening. Besides, you want your friends and family to RSVP…how does it make you feel when they don’t? Or when the reply rolls in weeks late? It can throw off the entire seating arrangement!

Be honest about what you want–but be open to their ideas. Would you go into the doctor and begin diagnosing yourself? You would probably discuss symptoms and the doctor would make a professional recommendation. In the same way, chat about what you would like and see what they suggest. If you don’t know exactly what you want, ask for opinions. Remember, these people are also professionals. They are making money because they give qualified opinions. Use the questionnaires in Today’s Bride Wedding Planner to help guide you through the appointments during the course of your engagement.

Be realistic about your budget constraints. If something you want is out of your range, ask if there is an alternative. By being up front about your monetary resources, vendors can find a way to assist you. If they ask for your budget, it may be because they have such a wide array of services they need to see what fits. Many of these businesses will go out of their way to please you and provide great customer service. That doesn’t mean a photographer can find a personal jet to take aerial shots of you and your groom saying vows while sky-diving and kissing for $200. If you don’t understand pricing, ask for some more detail.
Many of these wedding services can be costly because of the time and energy invested. Other times, your estimate will be different. They are only averages, and everything varies based on your needs.

If personalities don’t mesh, you don’t have to work with them. It’s that simple. Fortunately, it is a 70 Billion dollar retail industry so you have the liberty of interviewing many companies. There is a lot of competition out there. Keep in mind that if you’re flying through interviews without commitments it could be because no one can accommodate your needs for your budget. Don’t panic–it might not be them…it might be you.

Keep in mind that inevitably something somehow may go wrong. It is by no means a perfect world. Enter into your agreements with vendors on the basis of a carefully written contract, knowing full well what you’re expecting and what you owe. Get everything you can in writing to avoid confusion. Don’t hesitate to call each vendor a month before your wedding and review the conditions of the contract. It will save you a headache on the big day.

You are the Bride and you WILL have a great wedding. Now that you know how to navigate the Bride-Vendor relationship, it’s time to start planning!

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