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The Cheapest Deal in Town

Stress Free Bride

I hear a version of this question all the time

Do you know a baker, DJ, florist, photographer, etc that isn’t too expensive/has reasonable prices/is inexpensive/doesn’t cost too much/is low cost? The answer is yes, there is always someone willing to do it cheaper.

It is easy to get sticker shock when doing research on what putting a wedding together actually costs. I get that. Letting price be the deciding factor for selecting your vendors could present you with a headache in the long run.  If you find a vendor who has the cheapest prices in town, here are some possible reasons that the prices being quoted are rock bottom:

1. The vendor is new to the industry.  This may not be a bad thing, but not having much of a track record or much experience could be cause for concern.

2. This is not the full-time business of the vendor.  Sometimes people make cakes, take pictures, etc as a hobby.  Again, not necessarily a bad thing but will their devotion to your wedding be at a professional level, or just an afterthought or side project for them?

3. The vendor is desperate for business.  They are distracted by their need for cash, so their focus is on getting your money, not on doing a good job.

Here are some things to look for:

 None of the reasons above should be an absolute deal breaker, but when you are on a budget, you don’t have money to waste, right?

The vendor might be low cost, but are they professional? Do they present themselves as taking what they do seriously, or does it seem like a hobby for them?

Do they have a website or Facebook page with examples of their work?

Are they listed with a reputable wedding referral site?

Do they have testimonials from previous clients?

Stay true to your vision

Forget all of the advice that tells you how much you “should “pay for each vendor.  Your wedding should be a unique reflection of you. You should put the bulk of your budget towards what matters to you the most. Not sure what matters most? Download the wedding vision workbook to map out your wedding vision.  

 For example, after downloading the wedding vision workbook, you discover that  you don’t really care too much about having elaborate floral displays at your wedding, it doesn’t matter if you hire the person off of Craigslist who is willing to make all of the boutonnieres and bridesmaid bouquets for $75 because she is just getting started. Just remember the 3 points above and enter into these kinds of arrangements with your eyes wide open.  
About the author:

Hope Venetta, of the Stress Free Bride, shares insider event planning secrets based on 25 years of experience. She couples event planning know-how with coping skills learned through Peer Counseling training and study in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Hope assists couples as they navigate what research calls one of the top 10 most stressful things a person experiences - getting married. Couples can work with Hope through consultations and wedding planning resources
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