Post # 1
Why is it I have to contact 20 million vendors to find 3 in my price range. You have a website. Now I will bother you, even if I can afford you, because you think maybe I can pay more. (Or so you don’t have to update it when the prices go up) Guess what. I can’t.
Contact me the way I want you to contact me. I work nights and I pick up here and there. Calling me at 2 is like calling at 2 am. When I say e-mail me, I mean it. Or I will take that as a sign that you will not be doing what you should be doing the day of the wedding.
Do not pull appointments out of your a$$. I put that date as ‘available to meet’ because your webpage wouldn’t let me submit my information without it. Do not call the morning of my “appointment” to see what time I was coming by. E-mail works wonders.
Tell me when I can’t afford you. I loved it when the bridal salon I called told me “you really are NOT going to find much here.” Thank you. I won’t waste your time, you don’t waste mine.
Follow up. If I send you a check in the mail, notify me that it’s on. I’m leaving my church voicemails today because I realized after I sent my check I didn’t hear a thing. What if it got lost? What if I have no Church! (Mini panic attack)
Post # 3
I have to agree I had the same annoyance looking for a photographer – I dont want to contact you for a quote, I want you to give me a rough price before I contact you so that months later you’re not still sending me pointless emails about booking with you.
Post # 4
@Dr Pepper: I got super frustrated because nobody listed prices on web sites (I work nights too, btw) so I had to call and email. Then they wouldn’t answer my questions directly and some even got pissy that the first question I asked was about pricing. Apparently, they like wasting their time when I’m trying to weed out vendors I can’t afford. Lame!!!
Post # 5
I’ve noticed it’s so common for photographers not to include pricing on their websites at all. I finally found a few that put starting at or whatever, which is fine, but it’s so annoying when they don’t even ballpark it!
Post # 7
I understand that there trying to sell themselves on you before hitting you with a bill but really do it with your portfolio and then give me an idea. My DJ is a co-worker however but it took him like 2 weeks to send me his fill in the blank quote email which I cant stand.
Post # 8
Totally agree about the communication, too! I HATE giving my phone number out but most of the websites required them in order to get pricing information. Then I would get phone calls, like two and three, from places asking me to call them back. Email me prices, if you’re in my budget, I will call YOU to discuss further!
FYI – when you, as a vendor, call me more than once, you just come off as desperate!
Post # 9
I agree about pricing transparency but for nagging vendors, use a Google Voice number (you can block people, set it not to call you, or unlink your number entirely) + separate email address just for vendors.
Post # 10
I hate vendors who do not even ball park a price so I simply didn’t waste my time contacting any without pricing on their website. Maybe I missed someone great in my price range but I didn’t have to deal with the hassle of contacting vendors I din’t know I could afford and I was 100% happy with my vendors in the end. Use your voice and only contact those who list prices.
Post # 11
I AGREE SOOOOO MUCH! Quite frankly, if they put pricing on their page, it would probably save them AND me from wasting time and energy!
Post # 12
Ugh I hated when vendors called me! Why can’t they just write me emails back??
The no prices online bothered me too…
Post # 14
I wish I could afford a photographer based on how awesome their portfolios are, but I can’t. So I definitely need upfront pricing.
Post # 15
I know what you mean. I usually just contact those who will have the email contact so that I can send them an email and have them send me a package/quote so I have everything in writing. If they don’t reply back, chances are they don’t need my business.
If you are still very old school and use phone as main contact only, I don’t know if I want to deal with you on the phone on a daily basis. (especially when I am at work!)
When I fill those “contact info” form on their site, I just put phone n/a or prefer email. If they forced me I will just put a fake one. Sorry but I don’t want to be bothered on phone calls!!!!!
Post # 16
I sware i’m at the point where i judge how expensive they are before even bothering to contact them. Crappy pictures and a horrible website… okay i’ll give you a shot because MAYBE i can afford you….
Good website with proffesional pictures… yea i’m not going to even waste my time.
I sware its like they think that brides don’t care about the price. Um yea i’m not rich so have a nice day. You obviously don’t want my money so take a hike.
I decided from the start that i’m just going to email because 99% work 9 to 5 like i do… i cant have wedding vendors calling me at work.