(Closed) Is it okay to tell a vendor that a reception is a family reunion?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 17
3954 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@geekspice:  I agree, I don’t think it’s true that they jack up the prices of the same things just for weddings. Yes, wedding dresses, coordinators, veils, etc are ridiculously overpriced. But, I don’t believe that a DJ would charge less for a party than a wedding.

Post # 18
4913 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@aliciapdx:  I don’t understand why they would double the price just because there’s the word wedding attached to it – I’ve certainly heard of it before, I know I heard that florists do that, too.  I want to say there must be a reason behind it, but I guess I should stop being so naive.  :/

Post # 19
1047 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@rcorral:  I know when I was planning my wedding, they were charging more for “weddings” than other events. I think it has to do w/the fact that a wedding is much more involved (service wise) than a reunion…cake cutting, toasts, etc. The vendor knows that if everything isn’t “perfect” then the bride/groom will complain more than a bunch of family members. 

I don’t think I could personally lie about this. If my DH/I were to go and meet the vendor, I think they would be smart enough to figure it out. Plus the servers would more than likely tell the owner and I wouldn’t want to deal with during/after my wedding. 

Since you really like the place, I would specifically ask WHY the cost is much more and see what additional services they are including in the price. I hope it works out for you!  Your BBQ wedding reception sounds FUN and I hope you post lots of pics of the food 🙂

Post # 20
3518 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Only if it’s a vendor who will not actually BE there on the day of.

Post # 21
5708 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@geekspice:  +1


We had ours at a hotel, and maybe that had something to do with it, but their prices were the same because they just charged a room rental and catering, and no matter if you were a business event, family reunion, or wedding, the prices remained the same.


Post # 22
8247 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@geekspice:  “I came to the conclusion that this bit of conventional wisdom was just an old wives’ tale.”

I agree.  I know some wedding vendors personally as friends (photographers, DJs) and they don’t charge any differently to work a wedding than to work a fraternity party or a family photo shoot.

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