Comparing Vendor Quotes

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

It’s not wrong to try, but prices do change. 

 

 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

How long ago was that friend’s wedding? Typically prices go up from year to year due to inflation. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

frankly it’s kind of rude in my opinion. Prices can change over years/months/seasons. I wouldn’t go into a clothing store and say, my friend got this sweater a year ago for $38.50 and now you want to charge me $41, can I get it for the same price?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

It’s very rude to do that. Most vendors increase their prices from year to year. Some also change their packages so what your friend received may differ from what they currently offer. You can ask if they can customize a package for you that will help with your budget, but that’s as far as I would go.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

EHAS :  Yeah, it’s rude. It’s safe to assume that a vendors pricing will change from year to year based on experience and demand. How badly do you want to book this photographer or videographer? If you don’t have your heart set on them you could try, just knowing that you’re putting them in a very awkward situation. Prices change for a reason, and a vendor shouldn’t have to defend their pricing to a potential client. Photography/Video isn’t like catering where pricing depends completely on what kind of menu/service you want…..but rather a set package.

You also have no idea why your friend got the pricing she did. It could be just a matter of that vendor being cheaper when she got married. Or maybe she got a discount because she used a preferred wedding planner (we photographers LOVE when our couples have a planner), or maybe it was a venue they really wanted a wedding at.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I think its generally a taboo. You could ask your friend what they paid and use it for self comparison when getting a quote from the photographer. I think it wouldn’t be entirely bad if the photographer came back high/out of your budget to say something like ‘my friend so and so used you and I just fell in love with your work’ and maybe see if they would be willing to give some kind of referral discount. But I think wedding needs differ so much you shouldn’t demand the same price.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

EHAS :  prices do change. however, it’s worthwhile to mention to the vendor that s/he did work for your friend that you loved, and ask if there’s any sort of referral discount available. I know that whlie my vendor’s rates went up (from when my sister got married – i’m reusing some of vendors), they were all happy to offer me a discount for the repeat service.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

EHAS :  Have you even inquired with this photographer yet to see what their current pricing is? If it’s only been 7 months chances are it’s not going to be a huge price jump from what your friend had. That being said, again, everyone hass different needs so the package your friend picked might not be the one you need – so pricing could be irrelevant when you compare what you each pay.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

7 months ago still spans different years. Most vendors have 2016 pricing and then update for 2017 pricing. It wouldn’t hurt to say that you fell in love with their work from your friend’s wedding. They may decide to do a discount or be more willing to work with your budget. I would ask your friend what they paid and what their package included just so you can compare it to the quote you receive. If their quote is higher, then you can ask about customizing a package, but I would not ask to receive the same pricing your friend received.

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