(Closed) Avoiding the “W” word in price negotiations…

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Do you want the hair salon to help you place your veil? If so, you need to let them know.

As a wedding photographer, it makes me mad when clients do that to me ("forget" to mention the word wedding). We legitimately charge more for weddings because they require more work and involvement from us. We’ve never had anyone fool us until the last minute, but it’s just irritating for clients to be sneaky like that.

I imagine it’s the same thing for the hair salon. If they are just plain doing your hair, fine. But if they need to take an extra wedding step, as in helping you deal with a veil, then pay them for it.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I agree and disagree with Salty. I totally think that things like photographers (what do they tell you they want you to do for that 4-8 hours if not a wedding? That’s just weird.) need to know it’s a wedding because of extra effort etc. But, caterers and florists are putting in the same amount of effort to make a centerpiece or a fruit tray, etc. no matter what it’s for. Same with venues. Some have wedding pricing that is more than regular event pricing, but the same services are offered. That is not cool to me. 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’ve heard "cocktail party," "family gathering," etc. We do events other than weddings, so I’m not usually surprised to hear them, but it eventually becomes obvious.

And I think we’re saying the same thing. Essentially, if the vendor you’re thinking about duping has to put in more work because it’s a wedding, don’t mislead them. And don’t assume that you know when every vendor has to put extra "wedding" effort forward, either. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that this can really get you into trouble. We have a clause in our contract that says we can back out of photographing the event if we find out things are different than you made them seem (the event is in a remote location, is not a cocktail party, and is actually a wedding, porn movie, whatever). It’s a pretty drastic move, and I have no intentions of ever actually doing that to someone who just left off the word wedding, but you better believe we’re going to be mad that you lied, and you’re going to have to pay a fair amount just like the rest of our clients.

Anyway, I’ve said a lot…and I know it’s probably a LOT more simple for a hairdresser (what leisuregirl asked about in the first place) but it’s food for thought.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

My brother was calling around for bands for a family reunion (really my wedding) – he often got different prices than when I called and said "wedding."  We ended up going a different direction – but I thought his experience was interesting.

 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

…but there’s an entrance, first dance, cake cutting, etc. Lots of extra special songs that they may need to learn, times when they absolutely have to be "on," moments to emcee. There’s a difference.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Y’all MUST check this out, if you haven’t already seen it!

I encountered this at the beginning of planning my wedding, and it helped me laugh through the annoying "wedding" pricing. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

peachypear- great video! hilarious

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

I think for hair, considering your hair is going to hold up all day, it’s good for them to know.  and besides… only brides get their hair and makeup done as early in the day as we do, so they’ll know something is up 😉

Anyway, I was really pleased with how secure my updo was, yet it wasn’t crunchy and didn’t feel like a helmet.

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2009

That youtube bit was fun.  Thanks for the chuckle, peachypear.

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