(Closed) Befriending vendors on social networking sites?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Is it okay to be friends with vendors on social networking sites?
    Yes. : (4 votes)
    15 %
    No. : (7 votes)
    27 %
    It really just depends on how comfortable I am with them ahead of time. : (15 votes)
    58 %
  • Post # 3
    263 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

    My photographer and I became friends before the wedding… she used to read my blog (before I was a bee) and we still keep up now on blogs/facebook/twitter.  I really like her so it’s been great.

    Post # 4
    305 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas

    I know my travel agent is on FB but I’d rather keep it a professional relationship at this point. Maybe after the wedding?

    Post # 6
    355 posts
    Helper bee

    I probably won’t until after the wedding if I am happy with their services and even then I’ll probably just write a positive review on Yelp.

    Post # 7
    7081 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    My photographer and I are friended on Facebook.  We know many of the same people, so it only made sense!

    Post # 8
    2767 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    My photog and I are friends on facebook.  He’s young though – like only 26, so I didn’t see a problem with it.  If he was like 50 or something then I might be a little weirded out.

    It worked to our advantage to be friends with him on facebook.  Sometimes I could chat with him quickly to ask him a question.  And right after the wedding I had posted a status update with a photo and the caption “the only photo I have so far”.  He saw that and sent me 4 teaser photos right away – the day after the wedding.  I was so happy about that.  That probably wouldn’t have happened had he not been my facebook friend.  I’ve also spoke with him recently on facebook about the new DSLR camera we bought, and he even offered to hang out with us sometime and show us some tricks to using the camera!  

    So I say friend them!  And if you have any hesitation about things they shouldn’t see on your profile, you can always limit their access to that certain item.

    Post # 9
    215 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I’m facebook friends with my photographer, but I only added her because she is constantly adding new wedding albums to her Facebook photos, and I wanted to see more wedding porn! It can be a bit weird though.

    Post # 10
    216 posts
    Helper bee

    I have one bride who found me after her wedding on facebook and one who found me before her wedding ( I’m a photographer ).    It’s been kind of fun keeping up with both of them and I expect that people will be doing this a lot more !        

    It can definitely help them get to know you a little before the wedding.

    Post # 11
    216 posts
    Helper bee

    Your idea to rate your vendors on Yelp is awesome – they will really appreciate that !

    Post # 12
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    If you become great friends with them, wait until after the wedding is over to friend them. Up until the wedding takes place, the relationship should be 100% professional.

    Post # 13
    3098 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I added my photographer (both her professional page – which I sent a request for, and her personal page – which she sent me a friend add for) on FB, and I think she took this mean that we were “friends”, because she acted rather unprofessional when I had an issue with the photos she took. Plus, I can’t say that I liked seeing my wedding photos for the first time ever via Facebook. I wish I had kept it strictly professional.

    Post # 14
    925 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    haha funny you should post this.  I just added our DJ as our friend on Facebook! lol  But I don’t have any other vendors.. and I don’t think I would.

    Post # 15
    216 posts
    Helper bee

    Layla: That doesn’t sound too good at all. ;(

    In my case, I didn’t really communicate with her via facebook before the wedding shoot ( she only added me a couple weeks before the wedding which was pretty ideal ). She added her own photos to facebook. I don’t ever add clients photos there. I did notice though that she didn’t give me credit for the photos … I would have appreciated it if she did add a line or something saying who they were by …. but I didn’t ask her to do that.

    Post # 16
    2470 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I am friends with our DJ and his wife but that is because they are real friends of my sister. Other than that, no. This is partly because I don’t think anyone else is on facebook and two because I like to keep my “wedding world” separate from my “facebook world”

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