Post # 1
I’m new to this board. I am getting married next May in the Philadelphia area.
We are trying to think of creative ways to spend next Monday.
I am wondering if anyone has tried to barter with wedding vendors? Did it work? Do you have any tips you would not mind sharing?
Post # 3
I’ve never done it, but there were some posts up on my local Craigslist to barter wedding services for services. I think if you have a talent or are able to provide a service the vendor might want, it could work. For example, one post I saw had a photographer willing to trade pictures, editing, etc… for someone who would do hair and makeup for a couple shoots in the future. I don’t think it will work if you just have some physical property you are trying to barter with though… You might want to look for vendors that are a little less "traditional" and people that advertise on sites like Craigslist. Let us know how it goes; I’d be interested to hear if you have any success with this!
Post # 4
My dad is a photog and that was one of the things we were hoping to barter with. Also my future in laws have a vacation villa in Spain. I was thinking maybe someone would take a free week for a discount or free services. Do you think I’m way off?
Post # 5
I think maybe your best bet would be to barter with other brides. Photography is one of the vendors almost everyone hires for a wedding, and a vacation villa would make an awesome honeymoon. I think it would also be wise to look for people who work independently, like cake bakers, florists, wedding coordinators, hair and makeup technicians, etc… I don’t think it will work for vendors that usually have a high price tag like caterers, venues, dress shops, etc…
My best idea is to both advertise on Craigslist and answer Craigslist ads. People often post looking for vendors at cheaper prices on there, and if you open with your bartering items, they might be impressed. Anyway, I think it’s an awesome idea, and I really hope it works out for you!
Post # 6
I read an article on bartering for a wedding on my DJ’s blog. He got his driveway in exchange for doing a wedding. I think the concept was pretty damn cool. There’s a site dedicated to it called Big Day Barter. You should check it out.