Ok, so I’m cheating a little bit on this week’s Thursday Tips. I am working on a secret project that is taking up most of my blogging time. But I didn’t want to leave you hanging this Thursday, so here are some tips from my awesome friend Jess, on hiring budget friendly vendors. Hope they are helpful!
There are definite advantages that come with having a reception venue that does their own catering. There are a lot of things that restaurants have that you would have to rent (and pay for) if you were to go with an individual caterer and separate location. For example, we are paying for the catering at our venue (which is also a restaurant), but they are also providing the tables, chairs, plates, silverware, glassware, napkins, serving supplies, etc. at no additional charge. They already have all of these things and because we are purchasing their food, we get to use them! It’s not only saving us a lot of money in rental fees, but it also simplifies everything and saves a lot of worry because I know that they’ll have everything we need.
Bigger companies, such as large florist chains, bakeries, or photography studios, can do great work. But, they often have more employees and a much greater cost on their end than an independent vendor would have. Because of this, they tend to be priced significantly higher. An independent vendor can be just as talented in their craft as those bigger businesses. However, they will not only be much cheaper, but will also provide more personalized service than a large company. You will most likely be their only client of the day and they’ll be able to take the time to get to know you and find out exactly what you want.
Many vendors in the wedding industry have built relationships with each other as they’ve worked together on different events. A lot of vendors will refer you to others they trust and have worked with before. This sometimes means a better rate. For example, photographer might give you a discount for booking them at the recommendation of a planner they work with regularly. Using a referral is a great way to get both a reliable vendor, and a better deal.
5. It never hurts to ask.
Many vendors will work with you to provide the service you need within your budget if you only ask. If you love someone’s work or service but their set prices are out of your budget, be honest with them about it and see what they are willing to do. You may not get a huge discount, but they will very likely be happy to customize their work so that it can be provided at the price point you’re able to afford.