Am I expecting too much from vendors?

posted 1 year ago in Logistics
Post # 2
2273 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Yes, your wedding is over 2 years away and most vendors won’t even book you at that far out. 

You can usually book bigger vendors that far out, but makeup/hair artists, cake bakers, etc. I’ve never heard of booking them THAT far in advance. 

Post # 3
497 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I was planning my wedding two years in advance too, and yes, I agree it’s hard for vendors to take you seriously! I still don’t have official bookings yet, but I am “penciled in”. They say it’s way too soon to create a contract so get back to them by x month.

Things started changing once I hired a wedding planner. I think vendors started to take me more serious, and she was eager to get everything done in 3 months (some minor things still need done but major stuff is completed). 

 I would ask your vendors if they don’t get back to you something like: “if it’s too soon to create a contract, what is the soonest date you are accepting books for x 2019?”.

Post # 4
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

MissAnon_UK :  I kind of think you are being a little too eager. People reacted this way with  me also when my wedding was a year and a few months away. I would only focus on booking the venue at this time. That way you can get an exact date and work on your save the dates. Some of other stuff like hair, makeup, florist, cake can wait till about 10 months prior. The good thing is that what you can do now is get together your guest list and addresses and work on a save the date. This was the most time consuming thing for me so I would suggest working on that if you want to dive into wedding planning. You could also do cake tastings and mutlple bridal dress appointments and really get to browse before you book. I think a year / 10 months is a time to really dive in though not 2 years ahead. I would only reserve the venue only.

Post # 5
863 posts
Busy bee

My sister is a MUA and she hates booking out too early. I say focus on big ticket items like the venue. But hair and makeup can wait. 

Post # 6
6229 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

beevincent18 :  Agreed. With those smaller vendors too, they’re going to be less likely to want to book you that far in advance because usually they’re going to be updating/raising their rates every year (or every couple years). 

I know you’re excited but you need to relax and slow down a bit. You have plenty of time and I guarantee most of these vendors will be more responsive when your wedding is closer. 

Post # 7
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

MissAnon_UK :  Yeah, I think you’re expecting a bit much 2 YEARS out.  I got married 4 months after getting engaged, and had all the vendors I wanted (and this was in the summer, downtown Chicago).  Granted, 4 months is less time than most people would like to have to plan, but it was fine for me.

I’m just saying you have PLENTY of time.  Vendors don’t want to book stuff and then have brides bugging them for 2 years.  I’m sure being bugged for a year is enough.

Post # 9
1708 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Even when my wedding was 3 DAYS AWAY I still had issues with vendors emailing me back. It was constantly an issue throughout my wedding planning which was 2.5 years. It’s just something that happens.

Post # 10
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I noticed the same thing too when booking.. if somebody didn’t respond to me ASAP I just went and found somebody else. On the wedding day, if something goes wrong and you need to contact them you do not want somebody who doesn’t reply right away. Everyone I went with would reply instantly whenever I emailed or texted them asking them something and I was very happy I decided to go with people like that. Like, it is THEIR business and they should make me want to be a client, it shouldnt be me waiting around for them to decide they want my money. I seriously emailed so many companies when booking and would only continue to communicate with the ones who replied asap everytime

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