Post # 1
Maybe its just me, but whether or not if its wedding related websites, or just websites for any company in general, but when I am searching for a service, looking for pricing, etc……. If the prices aren’t listed on any website when they describe all of their various services, *****I move on and don’t bother. I feel that if they aren’t advertising their prices like everyone else, they plan to deceive customers.
Its just my opinion and it drives me nuts.
Post # 3
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
@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
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 # 6
Exactly. So annoying… and another thing is that I am always browsing online at night time. Its not like I can call them at 10pm, 11pm or at midnight! I skip over to find someone who is more reasonable or at least state their prices so I am not going to be feed a whole bunch of bolognie about why their prices are justified for being so high.
Post # 7
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
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
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 # 10
While also looking for a DOC I am finding that the west coast is super cheap anywhere between $250-$400….. but on the east coast (I live in Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh) DOC start at $1000 and up!! come on. I emailed a Wedding Planner asking for a price quote for DOC and she gave me SUCH a hassle and wanted to “meet” to discuss my needs before a quote! Come on lady! Just give me a range so I know before I waste both of our times. I am not a needy bride that will request people to jump over the moon. After emailing her back requesting yet again another quote…. she Quoted me $1199. I told her that my Caterer offers a DOC for $500 and she sent me a snooty email back about quality and yadda yadda ya.
***Vendor, even if your price is justified for being so high, If you get snooty with me, I’d rather pay $1199 to someone else!
Post # 11
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 # 12
Ok, well I don’t move on from every exact one, sometimes I make an attempt…. like the wedding coordinator who got snooty with her pricing etc. I am hoping I wont have this issue again when I am finalizing the last bit of my planning. I still need a florist and an officant for our garden ceremony/reception. So far I plan on having our caterer’s DOC service for $500, but I’m a bit hesitant because yet again, on the our caterer’s website, they haven’t updated that portion yet to tell everyone about that service. Although they did tell me what that all included in person….. being that I am in the legal field (paralegal)…. I like to see things in print/writing.
Post # 13
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
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
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.
Post # 16
Not only that, even if you have a list of people you would like to call or had the comany name with the phone number… by the next day if you are not in front of a computer, you’ll probably forget which website was what, etc.