Post # 1
The most exhausting part of this planning has been trying to get price quotes. I draft this long email introducing myself, explaining that I live far away and that I’m interested in their work and I’d love to know how much their sample packages cost.
I usually get back one or two lines saying, thanks for your interest… Call us to set up an appointment for you to come in and talk about our work!
COME ON. I don’t live down the street, I can’t waste my time with all these meetings. Even if I did live down the street I don’t have time to sit with every single vendor. My time in the area is precious and I am not interested in an hour of small talk with 5 videographers.
At first I wasn’t bothered by it, but now after dealing with this with venues, photographers, officiants and now videographers I am starting to lose it.
Can someone please tell me why it is so hard to just get a simple price quote from a vendor?? I’m not even on a tight budget, I just want to know if you are a $1k vendor or a $10k vendor so I can compare you with other vendors I’m interested in. Is that too much to ask?!
Post # 3
I know. It’s soooo annoying. I went through this same thing. Basically their thought process is that they can convince you how worth it it is once they have you at the venue. Once you’re there they’re able to point out specifically why they charge what they do.
I even had several venue’s totally dodge my availability question because they wanted me to come to the venue THEN work my date around THEIR schedule.
It’s super obnoxious.
Post # 4
I just got frustrated with their need to talk on the phone. Come on, I’m emailing, its so much easier for me to see it in writing! that and, once they get a phone #, they never stop calling!
Post # 5
I feel you, girl!! This was the WORST part of planning, for sure. They want to get you on the phone or in person for the hard sell. Anyone who’s totally honest and on the up and up will have their prices listed on their website or would be happy to provide you a quote via email. Period. I refused to deal with any vendor who didn’t do this for two reasons:
#1. I don’t want to fall in love with your work only to find out I can’t, in any way, afford it.
#2. I like to get everything in writing. I’m not saying everyone is dishonest, but you would be suprised at how many “miscommunications” occur between vendors and clients with respect to pricing when nothing is written down. Having everything in writing helps to stop any of these “miscommunications” before they occur.
I’d just keep on looking. There are PLENTY of vendors who will give you quotes in writing without meeting with them either in person or on the phone. It’s worth it to weed through all the others to find them. I also second PP’s comment that once they get your phone number you’re screwed. Since I’ve been planning I’ve gotten telemarketing calls from quite a few wedding vendors who I don’t recall giving my number to. Curious, that. There’s definitely list sharing going on.
Post # 6
Maybe you’d have better luck if you send them an apologetic email back. Just tell them that for logistic reasons, you need to make a pre-selection based on price before you can meet with somebody. And that you’re sorry they didn’t make the cut since they could not provide you with a quote.
Some will probably be arrogant enough to just leave it at that, but others might realize they are losing business with their strategy.