(Closed) Online Vendors/websites-A Pet Peev that I hope others share the same feeling

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Yep.  That was so annoying.  I wanted to know right away if they were in my budget otherwise I’m wasting both theirs and my time.  If they aren’t in the budget, no amount of selling to me would have worked.

Post # 4
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@maskelunass: It is nice when wedding websites list their prices; however, if I see a website that list prices and they are out of my budget, I will just skip over them. If, however, I see a wedding website that doesn’t list their prices, I am more likely to call them to see if they can put something together for me that would fit the budget. So I can see both sides of what you are saying. I feel that a site that lists their prices are less likely to want to work with you because they are probably listing a price that is the lowest that they are willing to go.

Post # 5
3315 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

That always drives me nuts, too.  The message to me is, “If you need to know how much this will cost, you can’t afford it.” 

I do understand why some vendors do it.  A photographer, for example, can often structure packages for a wide variety of budgets, and may be nervous about scaring off potential clients if s/he posts prices for packages that may be more than some couples want.  However, prices for photographers vary so widely that I’d really like some way of determining whether a particular photographer is remotely within my budget.

Post # 7
5890 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree!! Totally drives me crazy that I have to follow up with them. I understand that prices might be flexible, but at least give me a range. I know I can negotiate, but if your starting price is twice or three times what I can pay, it’s just a waste of time for both of us.

My other pet peeve–MUSIC! Seriously, I can’t tell you how many vendors I just passed on by because of the annoying music–especially when you are at work and trying to keep it on the DL! Argh!

Post # 8
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I also subscribe to “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it”.  I ran into this all the time when searching for a photographer and it was so frustrating.  I don’t need a detailed breakdown, but if I don’t see any pricing info whatsoever, I move on.

Post # 9
6659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I dislike this also and in addition it’s really annoying when they refuse to communicate via email. I almost didn’t hire my photographer because he only would call me in response to my emails.

Post # 11
3525 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010


It was definitely nice to find vendors who listed their pricing information or even a ballpark. But I definitely did not move on just because they did not list it. Most times they had a preset PDF pricing/service sheet.

On the flip side on the front of caterers some brides are uncomfortable with their pricing listed on the vendors site. The reason being then guests would know what their pp price was. not me, But I heard a friend who is planning her wedding say this.

Post # 13
305 posts
Helper bee

Well, I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels this way!  When I was looking for photographers (in particular), I have to say I emailed about 20 of them only to get responses back that were so completely out of my budget it wasn’t even funny.  (I liked the sites that had sample pricing so at least I knew where I stood.)

While I realize that certain vendors can offer reduced packages, I just can’t justify spending $5K for 4 hours of photography with no albums/engagement/etc included.  It’s not a reflection on their work; it’s a reflection on my pocketbook.  I just can’t afford it.  And if they had at least a “prices start at $x but are negotiable” on their site at least I wouldn’t have wasted my time and theirs.

I know often times vendors will work with prices and I did contact many vendors and state my budget to see if they were willing to come down a bit, but only when we were in the same ballpark.  Some places aren’t even in same country when it came to what I was looking to spend.

Post # 14
3980 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I 100% agree. If you don’t want to tell me how much you are charging then you must be ashamed at how expensive you are and thus don’t want my business.

Post # 15
18 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

I dont mind if they dont have a full price list, but at least put a range or starting point. I just dont have the energy to call Everyone! lol.

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