(Closed) Vendor Prices

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
40 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Mrs. Meowerson: My opinon is you should be getting charged the current rates…not what they ‘could’ end up being a year later. When we (I’m a wedding photographer) contract with someone, the exact price of the services is put in there. So everyone is on the same page with what they expect.

I haven’t ever dealt with a vendor that tried to charge a different amount than what is the current pricing. Although, I could see some venues trying this. 

I think I’d go with my gutt on a case to case basis. Personally, if it didn’t seem right to me, I wouldn’t do it.

My opinon is you should never penalize someone who is thinking and contracting ahead of time. The people that plan are the customers I want, and they should get a deal.

That’s just one vendors opinon though. 😉

Post # 4
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

If you put down a deposit and sign a contract in 2011 for a wedding in 2012, you should be getting the 2011 prices, unless they already have their 2012 prices posted or have something stated in their contract like “rates subject to change”. Make sure you read all of the fine print in the contract to make sure that they can’t change the rates on you. Get everything in writing; no matter how trivial you might think it is. If it is in writing, they can’t back out of it. Always ask for a discount. The worst they can say is no.

Post # 6
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Brides that book with me for future years get the current rates and policies….  no matter how much they change.

I have had people book so far in advance that I’ve put a section in the contract stating when pricing would be guaranteed for menus though…  but guest room rates and rental fees are what they are now. 

They will likely pay less than a later booking person, but I’m happy to have a ‘base’ of business on the books which is why we do it that way.

Depending on what kind of vendor it is, I would argue that til the end and try and find someone else. 

Good luck!!!

Post # 8
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@Ms. Meowerson: it depends on the vendor. If they do not have something that says 2012 prices then you should be getting the current rates. For example, for my venue, we booked in Nov. 09, and the flyer they gave us was for prices effective Jan ’10. The makeup artist, however, booked us with the prices that were valid when we contacted her (even though she raised her prices substantially even before our wedding date). I have never run it to that with a photographer though. If you really want to use her get the final price in the contract so she cant decide what she is going to charge for a 2012 price as your date gets closer.

Post # 9
141 posts
Blushing bee

Just a thought: Is there a valid reason she’s not charging tax?  If not, I’d be wary.  Sounds like an unethical person, frankly!

Post # 10
3 posts
  • Wedding: January 2014

I agree that all vendors should have better contracts.  If the prices that you were given when you singed the contract will not be in forge- then the contract should clearly state that- and there should be a time set to review the price increase – allowing you time to choose another vendor if the price should change dramatically,

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