Q: Why don’t vendors put pricing on their websites?
Gosh, this is such a great question. Why don’t advanced professionals put pricing on their websites? And should they? Or, you know, I know some do. I can speak from my experience as a wedding planner. The services that I offer are not often understood. And so if they see a price, .1, thousand, 10,000, $100,000, and they don’t really know what comes with it, oftentimes it’s an automatic turn off and it’s an automatic, like, stop. I don’t want to work with them. But the truth is, when I can have a conversation with a client and explain, or a potential client and explain, this is our pricing, this is how it works, this is the services that we offer. It goes pretty well once the understanding or education, if you will, is put out there. So some vendor categories are very cut and dry. Maybe it’s a DJ, you get 4 hours of service, microphone, et cetera. And this is the price. But for me, as a planner, I know that there’s not a lot of understanding of what we do necessarily or the broad range that we can do. So when we put our price point out there, it can sometimes be shocking if you’re not expecting it. But when you hear why it’s a no brainer.
No, not everyone puts their pricing on their site, and I don’t believe everyone should. Diana here from Jubilee events. Your New England, New York, and North Carolina wedding planner. Admittedly, there is zero harm in asking a vendor what their starting price is to ensure you’re on the right track with what you’ve budgeted. By doing this, you may learn what an average or reasonable cost is to the vendor you’re considering. Pricing is a very personal thing, and by listing exact pricing on our site, it can often bury the value behind that number. There are so many components we need to consider when it comes to planning a wedding that just as many considerations should be made to build a package for you as a client. Every wedding looks different, so to each particular couple. While your vendors will likely have set packages for you to review, those packages are built to offer you some customization based on the needs or scope of your event. Those needs are best discussed during an initial consultation, and we cannot recommend this enough. Pricing is not an apples to apples comparison, and it’s during that consultation you can ask questions about the costs you see, the level of service and planning experience you receive as part of the package price are just as important, too. Are you receiving what you want? And more importantly, are you receiving what you need? Are some of the big questions that we really recommend asking as you’re having these conversations with your vendors. Personally speaking, I don’t include pricing at my site, and that’s because I find couples get lost in the number instead of the relationship that we build, and the overall experience of planning that significantly led to a wildly successful wedding day or weekend. I cannot stress enough, ask the question. There’s no harm in this. Your vendors are here to guide you and inform you and to explain what you’re getting behind that number. I’m a big believer that cheaper doesn’t always mean better, though I very much expect that budgets have a purpose. Still, understand what you may be sacrificing by going with that cheaper option or going with somebody that you’re booking just for the cost and not for the value behind it. Hope this is helpful.