(Closed) What's the real deal with Preferred vendors?

posted 4 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
588 posts
Busy bee

I can respond on a personal anecdote I guess:

I work in a band,  we are the “house band” (preferred vendor) at a nice local hotel, and the only band allowed at another venue.  The hotel enjoys working with us because we are insured,  professional(no drinking,  black tie dress,  etc) and know we will recommend them.  In return,  they recommend us so both businesses prosper. So many venues are worried about damages from leading equipment,  electrical fires,  etc. Having people you trust in the industry helps, to put it bluntly. 

I can’t speak to other situations, but the only time someone else got a cut of our profit was when we experimented with agents and companies.  

Post # 3
11482 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

There may be a number of factors involved, but one of the major reasons venues recommend vendors is because they have experience with those vendors, and they know that those vendors will deliver a level of professionalism and service that will reflect well on the venue.

For example, a venue does not want guests from a wedding saying, “I attended a wedding at (name of venue) and the food was terrible,” even though the venue may have had nothing to do with the catering.

Post # 4
10012 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I can’t imagine a venue having a preferred vendor they didn’t think was a good company. The wedding is being held at their location so they want everything to reflect well on them, even the parts they have nothing to do with. A good venue won’t have preferred vendors that aren’t any good.

We ended up not using any of our venue’s preferred vendors (we might use their preferred baker for the cake but we’re still undecided) because we found vendors we really liked who were less expensive. We did meet with their preferred vendors though and they all seemed excellent and had very good reviews online. Were price not a factor we would have happily gone with any of their preferred vendors. And even with the slightly higher prices we still considered them just because of their familiarity with the venue and knowing exactly how things are run there.

Post # 5
9581 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

My venue had a list of approved caterers and rental companies because it was a botanical garden and they don’t want people reckless with trucks/equipment/unprofessional behavior etc that could hurt the landscaping.



Post # 6
5153 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

We used the DJ that our venue had on their sheet. I wonder if they get some kind of kickback when that happens or what. Otherwise I assume it’s a trusted vendor they’ve worked with many times. 

Post # 7
7176 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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jolie2:  Honestly, as a wedding photographer it can really go either way. It’s really up to the client to research and read reviews.

For the most part, venues have preferred vendors because they know it’s someone who offers quality and professional service – and they’re confident referring them. They don’t want to refer a vendor who isn’t 100% because it will reflect poorly on them. I’m a preferred vendor at a few different venues. One local country club in particular basically always refers me to their brides. 

On the flip side, there are certainly venues that offer preferred lists that I wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole as a bride. Again, that’s why it’s up to the client to do their research. We had a venue (that has since closed) that was owned by a local photographer. She did all the photography, and appoitned her various family members to handle floral, food, etc. None of them were really talented in their certain areas, but it was an all-inclusive deal that looked great to a bride. Those are the kinds of places I tend to be weary about. Also, I think it’s one thing to have a preferred vendor list….it’s totally different to have a MUST USE vendor list. 

Post # 8
9425 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

my impression (not in the industry, just my impression from when I was booking everyone) is it was just a list of people they’ve worked with at least once (probably a couple times) and everything went well those times and the client was happy afterwards. (The list I put the most weight in was my DOC’s list, since she was most likely to follow up with clients to find out how happy they were with each service afterwards.)

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