Wedding Planner! Can You Afford It? When you want something in life, you must work for it and make it happens. Do not expect somebody to do it for you! For example, let’s talk about the industry I belong to. It looks so miserable when somebody wants to take advantage of our business because they don’t want to pay the right price but want the best service. Every time a prospective client meets with any vendor in this industry and sometimes beg or command to deliver beyond what their budget can buy, it makes the prospective client look embarrassing I f you just can’t afford something, just don’t think about it as an option. On the other hand, if you just don’t want to pay for the experience you must understand that every dream has a price tag that we must pay for if we want it to happen. Instead of looking miserable trying to negotiate, cut your guests list because the more guests you have means the more you will need to spend. It is so frustrating when we meet with people like this that want everything for nothing and we try to educate them and it seems like they do not listen.
I have learned that when I want something and I know I can’t afford it, I put it on my wish list until I can get it and if I still can’t buy it, I forget about it and buy what I can afford. It is the same in this industry especially if the prospective customer knows what their budget can buy. Remember, we go as far as your budget can take us and avoid frustrations before planning an event, hire a professional and experienced planner that has a great reputation with actual events. An experienced event planner can take all of that frustration away from you but remember when hiring a planner that we are not negotiators. Instead, we match your budget to the right services that can work within it without sacrificing the quality of your event and also help you to stay within your budget as much as possible. Do not expect free services or free products but instead make changes and listen to the professionals and what they recommend because if you have choices, then you can achieve the best parts of your dream. It is as simple as this: If you can’t afford it, you can’t have it all.
Sometimes, cultural differences with our clients create an atmosphere of negotiation and concessions we are not used to within our communities that they are. Do not concede and instead explain that they are getting absolute quality for the price. Ignore professional negotiators and work with the client directly, promising them that only you can really make their dreams come true, but only if they work with you instead of against you. Events do not happen overnight and to produce an event it takes sometimes over a year and some take months of planning and money. Next time when you have the idea of asking for discounts or needlessly negotiating, think twice and think about how you would handle it if it happened to you. Think about how strange this would look with other professional services such as doctors, spas, lawyers and the like. You must pay the price tag set for the service you desire and that’s how it works.
You have choices and you can get these services for a lower price but you will not get exactly what you want. If you are getting married and have an amazing bridal dream for your special day, but find out that your budget doesn’t match your dream, you then decide to go with the cheaper option, only to find out you’ve been passed over in true quality for another event where their dreams are coming true and yours are not. You do not want this to happen to you! Next time, when you go out there to get a professional service and you can afford it, do not compromise in quality because you don’t want to pay for it. You can still have a great event without blowing your budget by renting instead of buying, replacing flowers for other decorative centerpieces and decor, getting a DJ package that goes with your budget instead of hiring a band, and so much more. In other words, replace the high ticket items for ones that will not bring frustration and despoilment and please, if you can’t still get closer to your vision, do not write negative reviews just to get your frustration out. Instead, be nice, listen and be realistic so you can enjoy your event and the professionals will do everything in their powers to make it so. Also, don’t be foolish and invite more guests last minute thinking your costs will not increase. These and other mistakes can cost you even more in the long run. Plan smart!