Have you ever started a conversation with a vendor and then once the word "wedding" came up, the conversation (and budget) took a dramatic turn? In planning a party (not a wedding) recently, I ran into a few vendors who still were adhering to old school pricing where weddings were charged more without explanation. I was shocked!
Now, some vendors might say that weddings have inherently more work - such as additional meetings with the bride & groom, and often many special requests. This may be true, especially if a bride is asking for additional consultations, tastings etc. We've all heard of the bridezilla, and frankly, she has a tendency to waste people's time.
However, business is a two-way street and a vendor also has choices to make when taking on new clients. In my opinion the bottom line is that all fees should be explained upfront. So, ask questions! Initial consultations should be thorough and you should feel comfortable with the pace of the conversation. If you don't get a good vibe from your vendor, don't sign with them. On the flip side, if you are asking for something outside of a vendor's typical competencies or present an abnormal request, there may be increase the price. Talk about this upfront. The vendor should be clear about any fees that may be added.
My bottom line advice: negotiate all prices and any fees attached before committing to an order. If you feel that you are becoming subject to predatory pricing, be direct with your vendor. After all, its your party and your budget - no matter the occasion.
And for a little fun, check out this YouTube video (... it's not mine and I am sharing for entertainment purposes only.)
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