Post # 1
We got engaged on August 13 and the wedding is March 20 – not a lot of time considering in DC, people seem to be engaged for 15 months (why?!?!).
We have almost ALL the vendors under contract (DJ, location, dress, almost cake once the design is approved….) and we selected a photographer. We met her last wednesday, liked her, and the price was super right with the military discount.
However, it will be a week tomorrow since she could have gotten us a contractto sign and send to her with a deposit. I’ve followed up with her and have not heard anything from her (and obviously no contract). I understand that everyone is busy, but we have 7 months and vendor’s calendars book quickly.
How long do you wait for a vendor to respond before you move on? Should I wait, or move on?
Post # 3
I’d send another e-mail (or try phone) and let the photographer know you’re concerned that you haven’t heard back from them and are considering booking a different vendor.
It’s very possible something else is going on in her life right now, but if you’re wanting someone who will get back to you quickly and promptly (not only with the contract, but all your follow-up/planning messages and getting your pictures to you), you may want to look elsewhere now.
Post # 4
ok, she reappeared saying she had weddings all weekend and was finally getting down to business (she shoots for another photographer that charges a lot more).
I just guess I have to hope that when it comes time for our wedding, she’ll follow up faster..I REALLY don’t want to be obnixious to vendors – I guess it’s most important to secure them and them hope for the best…? lol
Post # 5
I agree. Secure them and hope for the best and know that if something happens, it can be fixed. I planned a short-engagement wedding and I was paranoid that everything would be booked….but it all worked out. This is a busy time of year for many people espeically with the start of school, a long weekend coming up, etc.
Post # 6
I agree, book her and hope for the best. At least she responded acknowledging she was a little MIA and had a very good reason. If you want, you can ask for references just to make sure she’s prompt on the actual wedding day.
Post # 7
I sent her our signed contract and asked her to sign it and scan it for me then I would send a deposit. I think since we’ve signed it anyway, we’re still protected and I’ll move on it.
It’s just frustrating – as you all know – because I’d LOVE to have all my ducks in a row before the holidays (Jewish holidays start soon). The only big vendor I’m missing is flowers (scheduled to meet with someone after labor day) – I wanted to focus on securing everyone then working on details later.
It’ll work out, it’s just unnerving especially because I’ve received pretty decent customer service so far.
Post # 8
I feel you. Any vendor who takes more than 48 hours to respond to my initial inquiry gets crossed off the “maybe” list. I’m super diligent in communicating with my vendors and I expect the same in return. I also stress fairly easily and would rather not be wringing my hands waiting to hear back from people.
Glad it worked out for you.
Post # 9
in DC, people seem to be engaged for 15 months (why?!?!)
I’m going to have a long engagement. I was super busy for several months after getting engaged (in March) and am just now able to start planning. Target was Oct. 2011. Plenty of time, right?!
well, no I found a venue I LOVED, but they were already completely booked for October–14 months in advance! We love it so much we’re pushing our date to November rather than settle for a different venue. Maybe we could have done earlier in the year, but I want to avoid the heat/humidity of a summer DC wedding.
Sure, there’s lots of options for vendors here, but there are also lots of brides. If people are picky about vendors, maybe they’re choosing to have longer engagements to get the vendors they really want.