Wedding markups

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 2
600 posts
Busy bee

This was super interesting, thanks for sharing. 

I guess I am technically a wedding vendor (I own a stationery design business, about 50% of which comes from wedding business) and I do charge more for weddings than other events. Part of the reason is because of market value (people do pay more for weddings than other events). The majority of the reason is because customers are much more particular about their wedding stationery than their Christmas cards or child’s Baptism invitations, and I do end up spending more time (on average) for a wedding order than a non-wedding order that should require the same amount of time. 

Perhaps this explains why a venue or bakery or florist would charge more for a wedding than a non-wedding event. They know, from experience, there will be more requests/e-mails/calls to answer to for a wedding than another type of event.

I do know the “wedding tax” does exist when it isn’t at all necessary, though. My sister-in-law was looking to rent a house for a friend’s wedding weekend. The price went up 50% when the word “wedding” was introduced. Which is why when we rented homes for our wedding, we didn’t let anyone know it was related to a wedding. 

Post # 3
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018 - City, State

So in alot of “tips for a cheaper wedding” I read people recommend booking a venue and vendors ‘for an event’ and not mentioning a wedding….. how awkward is it when the day rolls around and it’s clearly a wedding? 

There’s a venue I love (racetrack) and they have a wedding brochure which lists 3 reception rooms. But if you wanted a private party there is another 5 options. And the pricing changes. And I really want one of the non wedding rooms.. 

I’m just curious how and IF people avoid the W word before the day, and in a case like mine do I bother? I can’t see why they would refuse one of the other bars when the guests count etc is all the same ?

Post # 5
2006 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

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odaile1 :  You know what also works?  Only dealing with vendors who put their prices on their websites.  Don’t need the face to face hard sell either just tell me what you charge and I’ll decide whether or not you’re worth the price.

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