(Closed) Did you feel pressured to go w/ venue's preferred vendors?

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I used a few of my venue’s preferred vendors, but I didn’t feel obligated persay. It was helpful because I knew these vendors were familiar with the venue and with working with each other. Our venue coordinator was super picky and OCD so I knew that if these vendors passed her test, then they must be good. She was so picky that in the span of two years, the preferred caterers list went from a dozen vendors to about 5 or so.

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@lindseyl06:  God no, when I looked at the list the venue gave me it actually made me second guest them as a venue because I HATED half the vendors on the list.  Usually it’s just the closest people or people they know from the community.

It’s your wedding!  Have who you want!  Just know that if they haven’t been to the venue before it may take a little more work on your part.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I’ve noticed all the venues only make you go with their perferred caterers for food. This was a turn off for us. We want a full blown BBQ dinner.  We are going with a DIY venue so we can have our own caterer and pick our own things.  

Yes, being in the wedding business, venues are pushy with their vendors.  This is why I really don’t like to be on a perferred vendor list for these places.  I know it gives me business..but i’m doing just fine with word of mouth.  LOL

I think when you are wedding planning, going on a budget, you should be able to do what you want, have what you want, and eat what you want at your own wedding

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I didnt go with any of the preferred vendors for my venue.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@lindseyl06:  Preferred venues are usually given such status because they are reliable, have consistent management and staff that they use and maintain adequate insurance…it’s really not a situation where the venue is getting kickbacks from the vendors…they just want to know that if they let someone into their building, which is the entire keystone of their ability to make money, that it won’t be damaged, that people won’t get hurt because of the vendor’s negligence and if either of those kinds of things happen, that their insurance will pay for it…nothing more….the pressure stems from professional concern…they don’t know your vendor at all.

It’s such a condundrum, the wedding business, because for you, this is an important, life changing event, and for them, it’s just another contract…so the disconnect between agenda’s can be pretty evident.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@lindseyl06:  Well…it’s not something people really think about, it just seems oppressive and unfair.  But you still have the choice, and you still have some things you can use to leverage back and get the pressure off.

Since this was a contest prize, which may explain why she’s been so unpleasant, however unprofessional THAT is….I would be VERY vocal about how much you appreciate winning, how fortunate you feel and how very excited you are to review their venue on EVERY WEDDING SITE on the internet, so they know just what a great place it is….she’ll get the hint.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

nope! i had to use their caterers, but i chose all my other vendors on my own (and for much cheaper!)

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

No, but I used most all of them because they’re the best in the area and it’s definitely easier to work with people who have done weddings are your venue before.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had to use their services for some things (catering, DJ), and they do have preferred vendors for other stuff, but I flat out told her no. I didn’t like the photographer they recommended and her DEPOSIT was more than my entire photography package (her packages started at $2000 more than our package). They had a florist, too, but I told her that we were doing a mimimum of flowers, and that there was no way they’d work with my budget. I can’t remember if they had a baker, but I told her that my cousin was going to do that for us, so I didn’t need recommendations.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

nope, not even a little.

 

ETA: but our caterer owns the venues and then the cake which is by a nearby bakery is included.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@lindseyl06: 

Not at all, but I did go with my venues preferred venue for my 24 passengar shuttle van over a limo just for the bridal party. The entire bridal party used the shuttle van and it also transported all of our wedding guest staying at the hotel where we did our room block to and from the venue, we also stayed at the same hotel. And guess what, the shuttle van was chaper than a 12 passengar limo and we had the van for 8 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WIth tax and gratuity we paid $575!

The limo company is also owned by the venue so we got a great discount since we booked both plus a Sunday discount plus a winter discount. WIN WIN

Sometimes you get a better bargin using a preferred vendor and trust me I did my research on limos and passengar vans with several companies!

 

 

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