(Closed) How do I respond to vendor who ask my budget before quoting a fee?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Find out about what others pay her or lowball her- don’t give her your real budget.  Its like making an offer on the house- give them your top limit and that is what they will charge.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Honestly do you even want to work with someone who thinks like that? She sounds like she intends to milk you for whatever you are worth or that she will think you are below her if your budget is too low.  If you’re hellbent on having her just say something that mildly avoids the question like ‘well I’m pricing out wedding planners and wanted to see if your rates are comparable’ and if she pulls the whole ‘well what are they charging you?’ question then back out for sure! No sense having a money hungry person in charge of your wedding!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

“As Low As Possible” Laughing

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yea I would not work with her if her first thought is your money. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Tell her you don’t know yet as you are getting prices for various parts of the wedding and then you will figure out which things you are going to go through with once you have all the info. If it was me, I would say in a joking way “why? does your price change based on my budget.”

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I agree with CanAmBride.

I would again reinterate wanting to know about her packages, whats included, and her fees… That you would like to find the package that best fits what you need and your budget.

And if she still doesn’t answer then head elsewhere. That’s what I would do & did. =)

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@CanAmBride: that’s what I was going to say 🙂

Normally DOC planners should have a set cost, but she probably doesn’t want to scare you away with her normal fee. This most likely shows that she’s willing to work with your budget. 

If you’re comfortable paying $600 for a DOC, then tell her that! If she comes back with ‘Well, I charge this…’ then you could possible negotiate.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t think it’s unprofessional to ask those kinds of questions, but you don’t have to answer her.  Tell her that you’re not sure what your budget is yet for these types of things. You’re trying to get quotes to fit them into your budget.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You do not have to tell her your budget. Who does she think she is? I agree with the others, ask again about the packages, etc, and if she still doesn’t comply, find someone else.

If someone asked me what my budget was, it would be an immediate red flag. It is NONE of their business.

ETA: Err… I was kinda thinking your entire budget, but even if she’s just asking about your budget for her services, I would just say you’re not sure yet, and ask for her fees. She’ll find out your budget when you tell her you can or cannot afford her services.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

eww that is a weird situation in a small town.  Be super cordial and really specific about what you need!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Some planners won’t do a wedding unless a budget is a certain amount since they charge you a percentage of what your total budget is. She may want to know so she can either tell you to not waste yours and her time or to give you the best package that she can offer within your budget.

My friend called a wedding planner here who did not work weddings with a budget of less than $30k. She asked upfront and they didn’t waste time talking on the phone about the packages she wouldn’t be offering her.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The first rule of negotiating is “She who talks money first, loses”.

I agree with CanAm bride–let her know that your budget isn’t set yet and furthermore, you don’t feel comfortable sharing that information until you have signed a contract.  If she is unwilling to discuss it further, then keep looking.  You also might make it clear to other vendors that you consider your wedding personal business and that discussion with anyone else would be considered breach-of-contract.

$15,000 for wedding planning?  Really?  I can see if you are celebrity in a big city but that’s crazy!

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