Post # 1
So… I just got an email from my contact at my venue, I am going to put the deposit down tonight (YAY!) and sign the contract and everything, but in the email she said “I had to raise my price for personal assistant (DOC) from $150 to $250. I will do it for $200 for you though” Even though we JUST talked about it last Friday and how it was only $150.. and she was joking about how all her brides say that shes SO affordable..
So I am kind of irritated.. I know I dont really have a right to be THAT irritated because people have the right to raise prices and all. But.. it still bothers me.
Fiance says we should just do things ourselves… which really means I should just do things MYself.
What do you think I should do? Just suck it up and pay the extra $50? Try and find someone else, or do it all myself? What were your experiences with having a DOC??
Post # 3
$200 is still super cheap for a DOC, I think! Definitely worthwhile for all of the stress it will save you. 🙂
Post # 4
$200 is ridiculously cheap for a DOC, most of the ones around here are at LEAST $400-500.
A DOC is SO worth it. I don’t know what i would have done without mine. She made my day totally stress free. If there were problems, I had no idea.
Post # 5
$200 is a very inexpensive price for DOC, Most of them I’ve seen are about $500 at minimum.
Although, I think it was unprofessional of her to give you her initial price of $150 and then change it. if she wants to raise her prices that’s fine, but she should have started with a completely new bride, that hasn’t had a consultation with her yet. At least she’s being kind of considerate and saying she’ll still give you a cheaper price than what she’s going to charge.
If it were me, i would be more upset by the principal of the situation, but for $200 and a stress free day, i would still hire her. Do you know if she does a really good job at the weddings she coordinates? What things have you heard about her, is she easy to work with and does she understand what her couples need throughout the day? I think these are important to think about when she is so inexpensive.
Post # 6
I’d still pay, it is cheap but I would call her and say something. That is very unprofessional of her to change the rate like that after confirming with you a few days ago.
Post # 7
@SandAndSea: It is more the principal than the anything else. It was an additional $150 I didnt plan on spending in the first place, so I found a way to squeeze it into our budget and now its going up all of a sudden. She must have JUST decided that because we literally JUST talked Friday.. afternoon for that matter.
I agree she should have started it with a new bride. It’s not like you put a deposit down on her services to lock in a price either… you had to pay the full amount up front. Like the day you decide to tell her you want to use her.
It’s just a bummer
Post # 8
@misskarianne: Don’t try and do it all yourself. Regardless of the principal of the thing, you are going to hate yourself day of if you don’t have a DOC. My whole family set stuff up, and I still wish i’d had one.
Post # 9
@JrzyGurl: I was thinking about saying something tonight when I go put the deposit down for the venue. She’s also the person that handles the bookings for the place. I just dont know how to say it? I’m really not good at these types of things.
I guess I could just bring it up by saying something like “what made you change your mind on price all of a sudden?”
its weird cause on the phone Friday when we planned to meet today, thats when she said something about her brides saying how affordable she was.. and I even made a joke about how she should stay that way or something. I dont remember exactly what I said because we were just talking about the $150.
Post # 10
no its the principle; I say find someone else, why work with someone shady and have her increase again the day of your wedding, she may say oh more work than we thought additional $100, chi-ching
Post # 11
Pay the $50, but mention her unprofessional price raising when you review the venue.
Post # 12
@crayfish: Yeah, I told my Fiance that I dont want to do things by myself. Plus.. I am one of those people who wants things exactly how I planned them to be. I just feel that my friends/family would be too caught up in the excitement to really… I dont want to say really care about it.. but you know what I mean. They will want to be doing other things..
Post # 13
Thanks for the votes and advice on the situation everyone, I appreciate it!
Post # 14
I would say something along the lines of “I wanted to discuss your pricing with you. When first we spoke you stated your price would be $150. When we spoke again on Friday you confirmed the pricing was $150. I feel that since this is what we originaly discussed you should honor that rate. I would hate to have to start the search over again and I would like to keep my business with you, but I don’t feel it’s right to have the rate change after we verbally agreed on the original rate.”
And then see what she says. Just put it out there that you are dissapointed and you are considering taking the business elsewhere. Give her a minute to explain herself and possibly offer you the original rate. If she doesn’t you can say “I understand you needed to raise your rates, I’m just dissapointed. I’ll let you know if I can afford the $200.” And then take a day ro two to get back to her.
Post # 15
@misskarianne: I would think that would be something that is listed in your contract. If you don’t have it already, and are signing it tonight because it is ready, then I would tell her you agreed to move forward and selected them because of the information she had already sent you.
If it’s an email, print it and bring it with you, showing the lower price. Explain you just don’t have any room to make changes in your budget for that.
Hopefully, since she’s the booking sales manager she should realize that and change the contract for you.
I book and coordinate weddings for a living – and the pricing and policies that are in place when I begin working on a contract with a bride is what makes it into that contract, regardless of any changes since then.
Post # 16
How long have you had your contract? My DOC’s contract stipulates that her price quote is good for two weeks from the time she sent it.