(Closed) How long do you give a vendor before writing them off?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

yeah, 24 hours would seem appropriate, IF you have other vendors to choose from! BUT… some of the best vendors (eg, most highly sought after b/c they are the best in their field!) are going to be able to get away with being a bit less professional with their communication standards b/c they might not be desparate for business.

Post # 4
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I wait a week. It’s unfair to only give vendors 24 hours notice. I have a friend who is a photographer, and a friend who is a wedding planner and they have to answer phone calls, help their existing clients, meet with new ones, answer e-mails, etc all while still running their business. It’s really difficult for them to get back to everyone in one day.

Post # 5
758 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

and some vendors are closed certain days like Monday’s so if you email them friday, it may take until tues or wed to hear back.

Post # 6
2233 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It depends on the vendor. For venues, they typically have a person handling just bookings and new enquiries so I want to hear from them at the latest within 24 hours to know that they’re working on my request. For others who are essentially a one man show then I give them more time. I run my own business so I get that they don’t always have the time to respond right away. 

I’m actually waiting on a quote for our venue still and I’m getting a bit ticked off because she forgot about it until I emailed her last week. It’s now been almost 2 weeks since we visited the venue and still no quote!

Post # 7
6350 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

It depends. If someone has their own business, and it’s just them, I would give 2-3 days. For a bigger business or company employing someone solely to deal with enquiries, I would expect an acknowledgement within 1-2 days (I wouldn’t count weekends in either case, I only count Moday-Friday).

While I apppreciate people are busy, it isn’t difficult to at least send a brief acknowledgement so that you know your request/query has been recieved and noted eg ‘Thank you for your recent enquiry into x; we will endeavor to get back to you within 3 working days/by such and such a date’. That IMO is better than simply ignoring someone and getting back to them a week down the line.

If someone was very slow responding every time, I would find it frustrating. IMO part of the service should be good communication and quick responses, so if that was lacking I would look elsewhere.

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