(Closed) I just had a bagpiper laugh at my wedding budget!!

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Good for you telling him how you feel.

I would have told him he could stick his bagpipes where the sun don’t shine!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Are you sure the line wasn’t meant to ask the budget you’d allot to the bagpiper? In which case he’d be thinking your budget was fabulously high?  I have seen this to be the case with some photographers online forms–it says event budget but means “photography budget for event”

However, if it was the way you interpreted it–then that guy is a total dick. And good for you for pointing it out then! $17,000 is PLENTY to have a great wedding with–I’ve seen plenty of photos on here of people having an amazing wedding for way less.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wonder if he thought it was too much or too little?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it is rude that he asked what your budget for the wedding was. The cost of his service shouldn’t be based on how much you are paying for anything else. He should have a flat fee for however many hours of service and whatever fees for extra’s and it shouldn’t matter if you are having a million dollar wedding or a $1000 budget. Anyway, keep looking. Hopefully you will find a musician who won’t give you such a hard time.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ouf, it wouldn’t matter if his price was super reasonable and he was super awesome…I wouldn’t go with him after that response.

However maybe he thought you meant your budget for him was 17k? 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m pretty sure that question was asking what your budget was for his service, not your overall wedding budget.  Vendors usually only want to know how much you’re able to spend on their specific offering so they can create an appropriate proposal.

ETA—this also explains him assuming your ‘budget’ of $17K for music was a typo.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

as long as you paid his fee, i dont see what it had to do with him anyway,  how bloody rude! 

When me and FI  was looking at booking venues,  we  phoned a beautiful hotel that was my dream local venue.  i have been to weddings there and its gorgeous. 

When they realised that my wedding party only consisted of 25 people,  they said that for ONLY 25 people,  they couldnt take our booking,  unless it was a midweek wedding.  Because our wedding date is August,  they will surely be able to book larger weddings on that day.  basically our wedding was too small and insignificant for their wonderful hotel. But that if we were stuck for a venue,  and we wanted to move our date to a wenesday,  then they might consider it! 

to an extent i can see their point, but there was no need to be so blunt.  we have booked another hotel that is only too happy to take us.  OK  its not so huge or grand,  but neither is their attitudes either.  (or the cost)  .    

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m pretty sure you’re the one who misunderstood here…yes, the ‘budget for event’ thing was poorly worded, but I’m sure he means what is your budget for the bagpiper – there’s no reason he needs to know the budget for your event. And obviously you’re not going to pay him 17,000, so of course he laughed and assumed it was a typo. You would of been much better off waiting for the clairification I’m sure he would of sent if you hadn’t fired off that second e-mail jumping to conclusions and calling him a dick. I wouldn’t be so proud if I were you, more like eating my words and apologizing for misunderstanding the budget he was asking for and then calling him a very rude name.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oops, looks like courtney1188 and I posted pretty much at the same time—I agree with her.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Wonderstruck:

ooooh you have a point!   re-reading it i also think thats that what he might have meant….

ouch! 

Mind you, having siad that,  why would a bagpiper be asking how much you will  budget for HIM,  surely his price is his price and that just sort of sounds like,  ‘how much do you want to pay me’ 

Sometimes, as a wedding photographer myself,  if the clients are struggling with choosing a package i ask them if they have a budget in mind,  then i build a package for  what they can afford. But  a bagpiper doesnt produce an end product,  he provides a service,  so surely charges by the  hour or something. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I hate when people ask my budget. its like: how much money can I get out of you? lol! i know they need a general idea but I feel you.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

omg YES… rude vendors are a no no!

My fiance and I were looking for chiavari chairs for our wedding… and I msged this company and asked how much they were renting out their chiavaris per chair… and I told them that our budget was $5.50/chair.  and this dude replied “Yea, that is a great deal. i’ll go with whoever gave you that.” 

UMMM rude?! my fiance got pissed, he replied in the same way, saying how we were just wondering about their service etc, and that he shouldn’t bother replying if he’s going to be rude like that. the dude did not reply after. haha

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

eeeeeeek – I might shoot off a quick apology – I think his website wasn’t worded well and you misunderstood…

A friend of mine is a piper who gets requests for weddings and funerals often – he asks what their music budget is so he can get back to them with how long he can perform and what songs he would play (some of the more difficult songs require new reeds and/or a different bag) and also whether or not the budget allows for a snare drummer to accompany him.

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