We’ve all heard the phrase “you get what you pay for”, and there is a reason! Quite simply, it’s usually true.
You’re planning a wedding, and you’re on a budget, we get it.. but cost isn’t everything. One thing I say to all my clients is this: Would you rather pay the lower price and be disappointed in the end, or pay a little more for guaranteed service/delivery? If you go for the cheaper option, but are disappointed with the end results, then it was really wasted money, wasn’t it?
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Some things to keep in mind when deciding on whether to choose the lower priced option:
For example: When looking for a florist you may receive numerous quotes from different florists all quoting, in your mind the same type of flowers, and over all ideas. This however may not be true. Florist #1 might be able to do it for a lower cost than Florist #2 but #1 won’t use as many premium blooms or the size wouldn’t be equal to what Florist # 2 is providing. Each florist has a “recipe”, feel free to ask about the estimated size of a typical bridal bouquet, if the bouquets come with a vase, and upgraded trims (some florists will only work with premium trims and ribbons while others don’t include this in your cost).
This ties in with comparability. It can be hard to compare the service you expect to receive when comparing vendors like planners. Ask about what to expect… is the experience you’ll get from the more expensive planner, worth the headache you could save from hiring someone less expensive? What kind of experience can you expect?
I’m pretty sure I made that word up. Is your vendor making promises they can’t keep? Are they over promising and under-delivering? For example: 4 different florists advise you not to order peonies in the winter, if you do you risk blooms in not-perfect condition and it will be super expensive to import. You visit another florist who tells you no problem! We can definitely order peonies in and quotes you way below the 4 other florists… that’s a red flag of possible under-delivery, it’s not 4 different florists trying to scam you.
One last thing to keep in mind is the value of the services your getting. If the vendor is offering a price 10x lower than the rates you’re seeing from everyone else, do they really value their own services? If they don’t value their own services, should you?