Post # 1
I am so excited! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m doing a trade of marketing services with my Day of Coordinator and my Seamstress – in both cases probably still paying them some money but it reducing the cost substantially.
However, my salon for myself, the whole bridal party & moms just called. I was planning on paying for hair & makeup for all of them because I think it will be a fun thing to do together the day of the wedding. Cost was going to be about $580 + gratuity.
Well – THEY want to do a full trade!! I’ll redesign their website, help develop some holiday promos, re-do their cards and pricing sheets, and they’ll do all of us at no cost.
I am so jazzed. I’ll still give them all a gratuity, but that saves $580. And I was getting close in my budget to a mental barrier I set for myself, and this helps back me off that substantially.
Are you doing any trades for services in your wedding?
Post # 3
That’s so awesome! I”m so happy for you!
Post # 4
I never thought about this being an option! I’m glad this worked out for you. I don’t know what I could possibly offer any of my vendors though 🙁
Post # 5
I didn’t trade with any of our wedding vendors, but last year we traded my pickup truck for the labor on a new kitchen. I never drove the truck anywhere anyway, and there’s no way we could have afforded such a gorgeous kitchen renovation if we hadn’t gotten the labor as barter!
Post # 6
That’s awesome! It’s nice to save on the budget in ways that work for everyone involved.
Just an FYI…you probably don’t want to hear this, but….legally you are supposed to pay taxes on the value of services traded.
Post # 7
That’s so awesome! I work in a salon and traded color services to one of my photographer clients for my wedding photos…worked out great for me and her (:
Post # 8
@kay01: Thanks! Legally I am supposed to pay taxes on all my online purchases too… heh.
Post # 9
That’s awesome girl! I ‘ve been doing the same thing with design work and it’s saved SO much! Yay for talents that pay off! 😉
Post # 10
Are you a professional designer? I actually think you are losing out a LOT with that salon deal unless you’re setting them up with a website template. That is not an even trade at all!
$580 for a new website and marketing materials is a really great deal – FOR THEM. Of course they’d want to do a full trade, you’re saving them thousands of dollars. I think you should reexamine this trade and think about the value of what you’re giving them. Even at the low freelancing price of $50 per hour of your time, that is only 11.5 hours of work! Unless you’re a magician or giving them a pre-made template, you’ll end up spending far more time than that, is it really worth it?
If you do move forward – you must get a contract locking them into only one design direction and one round of revisions or they will drive you insane – ask me how I know! (been there).
Post # 11
@bridetastic: I do marketing professionally and dabble in design but am not a pro designer. I told them I could do a template website OR give direction on the website and have them hire an actual web designer.
I agree I may be lowering my freelance rate to cover all this, but the reality is I’m not a freelancer and it’s not taking time I could otherwise be billing out at a higher rate. It saves cash out of my pocket which is totally worth it to me, even if my hourly trade rate is a little lower than normal in my day job.
I’m not planning to put in more than 15 hours 🙂
Post # 12
Sounds like you’re thinking through it then! I just get worried for people – I’m an art director and see far too many people getting screwed over working for friends or working for trade!
I definitely still recommend a contract so everyone’s expectations are managed!
Post # 13
That’s great. I don’t really have anything I can trade my vendors for… fi does but he does not have the time (designer as well). The only thing I can do for the vendors is recommend their services and that helped me get a discount with my caterer.