Wedding planning can be a doozy! And for multiple reasons, it was not as fun as I thought it would be for my own wedding. Even though I’d been a wedding photographer for a few years, and thought I knew what to expect, I had no idea what it was like to be the client.
Many of my clients have shared their woes or lessons learned, but when Kimberly told me about her biggest frustration – I could so relate!
This actually happened to Pablo and I! We had tickets for a show in the San Luis Obispo, California area that just so happened to be a couple weeks after we got engaged so hey, why not look at venues while we were there?!
We were able to schedule a tour and were jazzed about the vistas, overall vibe and even the down-to-earth couple that ran the venue. So jazzed that my mom came from Fresno to see it…THE NEXT DAY! The venue was beautiful and had quality written all over it but unfortunately, we didn’t get pricing until we left our second tour. Unfortunate because it would have been about 2/3 of our budget. Yikes! For us, that wouldn’t work because our priorities were live music and of course photography!
Rookie Mistake: we didn’t think to think about getting pricing information before my mom planned to drive out or before we left our first tour (and it wasn’t offered). After we did we were shocked and then disappointed and then I was full of regret for having my mom drive last minute all the way to the coast.
Budgets are only so flexible (and don’t grow on trees, danngggit!) so no doubt it’s important (and time-saving) to get pricing before getting too involved with any vendors. This will save you some heartache and it will also save you time!
Some vendors won’t share their pricing unless you’ve shown that you are genuinely interested in their product or service, usually after getting ghosted one too many times. Despite their good intentions this actually can plug up your planning process. If you request their pricing info and they don’t share on the first contact, don’t be discouraged!
Start by reaching out to the vendors you’re most interested in. Before you schedule a venue tour, a consultation, demo, etc. ask for a price range. If at first a wedding vendor doesn’t dish their prices, try following up with this tip. This approach to wedding planning will give you enough options to choose from while making sure you’re not taking 17 venue tours before you find the right fit.
I sure hope this help you save time and feel less overwhelmed in the planning process! Learning this the hard way has actually changed how I share my pricing information and my full process from planning to printing to better serve my bridal clients.