Post # 1
I’ve been putting in email inquiries to vendors, caterers, wedding coordinators, etc.
The ones that send me a form response, I’m not concerned about, but should I reply to those I’m not interested in? Maybe it’s a pride thing, but I just do not feel like emailing everyone back and saying, “Thanks for the info, but your services are outside of my budget at this time.”
Do you think they expect a response?
This was mostly prompted by a coordinator who sent me a more personalized email and I probably should respond to her- I think I’m just upset I can’t afford her, so I’m avoiding it.
I was just wondering if anyone else had experienced this and if you had instituted a response policy for yourself?
Post # 3
Yes, because you never know who will lower their prices to accomodate you. My photographer dropped his price by 1,000 so I could book him.
Its part of negotiating. Especially if there is someone you want, tell them you love their work (be honest) and what you love about it, but your budget doesnt allow for his/her price. Can they work with you.
Post # 4
I think it is only right for you to respond and explain your budget situation, you never know if people will make arrangments around your budget… not replying is fine as well as I am sure many places you are contacting are super busy!!
Post # 5
I ignored form letters, too. I think I responded to a couple who seemed like they had gone out of their way and just told them that their venue/cake/whatever was out of our budget, but that I really appreciated looking at their venue/them taking the time to contact me, and then said that I wished them all the best of luck with their business.
I think it’s polite if they’ve taken a lot of time to help you, but it doesn’t make you a horrible person if you don’t. People in the wedding industry definitely understand budgets :).
Post # 6
I would reply, because it’s entirely possible that they might try to find a way to accommodate your budget. You’ll never know until you ask. Well, not really “ask,” but open up a chance for a kind-hearted vendor to work out a deal with you. I responded to pretty much all of my vendors, even though I hate telling people, “no.” 🙂
Post # 7
I agree with the posters who said to respond and ask if a vendor can work with you. In this economy, they often will!
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2012 - W Hotel Silicon Valley
You should DEFINITELY respond and let them know they are outside of your budget. You’d be surprised how many vendors have wiggle room in their pricing. I cut my venue fees in HALF.