(Closed) Do I get credit?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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47 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I guess it wouldn’t hurt to ask.   You could email her and say "I heard my friend booked you for her wedding after I referred her to you!   By any chance do you offer any type of referral discount or credit?  I thought I’d just ask.  

Post # 4
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438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

most vendors advertise or prefer to advertise by word of mouth anyway….they count on referrals to promote their business.  I doubt they will give you a discount for referring them….but I suppose you can ask.

Post # 5
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754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I wouldn’t ask.  I think that while you could potentially make a buck in this situation, I think the question is whether you should.  Your photographer gave you good service, you pay her a fee and tell others how great she was.  It’s when people start expecting kick-backs that the pay it forward waters get a little murky.  For example, I would never hire a day of coordinator that gets kick backs from vendors.  I would never trust that person to give me the right referral for me, I would feel she was just in it for the money.  Businesses survive because of good word of mouth, but I don’t think you should ask for compensation.  Refer because you want to see that person’s business succeed.

Post # 6
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1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I agree with Niki. Most brides give references because they want to give the vendor more business, not because they’re expecting a reward from it. Also, what if your photog says no? Would you feel awkward working with her after that (I know I would, but that’s just me)? Is it worth risking a good working relationship for a few bucks?

Post # 7
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508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I wouldn’t ask for a credit explicity.  If you’re interested, you could always send a quick email to the photographer, as NorthCarolinaBride suggested, but leave off the bit about any discounts.  That way, the photographer knows you helped make the connection – it will probably make them happy to know you value the service enough to recommend highly.  If they want to throw something in as a thank-you, they can do it.  If not, no worries – if you don’t mention it, there isn’t the potential for awkwardness if they say no.

An even more low-key approach would be to add a line at the end of an email about something else. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I personally think that there’s nothing wrong with asking, and I wouldn’t be surprised if your photographer does have some type of referral discount or bonus.  After all, it’s not like you referred your friend for a single portrait session – a wedding is big business.  Every photographer I have worked with over the years does offer a discount for repeat business – the photographer we used for our wedding did the last four portrait sessions (including two rounds of senior pictures) for our families, and he gave us a pretty significant discount because of that.  A referral discount or bonus is not really that different.

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