Post # 1
I’m in the process of finding a photographer for our wedding and I’ve run into an etiquette problem. Most of the people I’ve contacted have been extremely nice, but their services are outside our price range (sometimes by a sizable amount). I don’t want to disappear/never respond to their emails because that seems unbelievably rude. Does anyone have a script/suggestions for what to say in a response email? I don’t want it to sound like we don’t value their services, we’re just on a tight budget and we can’t stretch things quite that far.
-sigh- this is why I wish vendors put prices on their websites. It would save both parties time and keep me from embarrassing myself.
Post # 2
SilverWire: If the issue s budget related, just say so. “We love your work but our budget does not allow us to choose you as our photographer.”
Post # 3
Hi Mr Photographer,
Thank you for responding to my inquiry. Unfortunately your services are out of our price range.
*thought this isn’t an etiquette issue but I could be wrong. I didn’t say this to all my vendors that I chose not to go with unless we had gone back and forth numerous times. They are used to people inquiring.
Post # 4
If you really liked one of the more expensive ones, you can either talk to them and say “hey I have a lower quote but liked your style more. Could you work with me on pricing?” Or you can just email back saying “thank you for your time but we have decided to go with another vendor”.
Post # 5
Thank you! I know it isn’t exactly etiquette, but I’ve never done anything like this before and I wanted to make sure I was doing the “standard” thing. I hate being rude to people, especially people who have been very nice and accommodating to me.
Post # 6
Once I made a decision I sent an e-mail thanking them for their time and saying that we decided to go in another direction. I got a few semi-hassling e-mails back, from one photographer who I thought was obnoxious from the beginning and one guy at a talent company (obnoxious, too), when I decided not to book one of their bands.
Post # 7
I don’t think you need to especially mention that it’s out of your price range if you don’t want to. I had this happen to me and I just emailed back and said politely ‘thank you very much for your help but I’ve decided to go with a photographer’.
Post # 8
SilverWire: Photographer here, I really really appriciate when people take the time to follow up with me and tell me even if they’ve decided to go a different route. I am an advocate of being 100% honest about why you are choosing someone else, but how else are we supposed to know? When people email me to let me know they’ve gone chosen someone else, I will usually email back and ask them who they went with. It’s less about being nosey and more because I truly want the feedback/prospective of who I’m being compared to.
Just be polite about it, thank them for their time, and let them know that you went with someone who is more in line with your budget.