Good afternoon! Today’s post is directed mainly at brides, but also those in the industry that feel passionate about this topic too. You may or may not be aware that quite often a venue will have “preferred suppliers” list. This may mean they will show you a pretty brochure of who they like and if you use them, you may also get a discount. Whats not to love? Well…
Whilst this may sound like it would ease your planning woes, it may also hinder them. You may love the venue but realise that they have strict rules about who they like to work with for a wedding, using lines such as “it makes everything easier using caterers that know the venue” and “oh the DJ is fantastic, he has been working with us for years, we know we can rely on him“. How is this fair? What if you would like a specific band? It is your wedding day and you should be able to book whomever you damn please, not be dictated to by a 22 year old events manager.
All I want you to do is ask how they got on the preferred supplier list, quite often it is because they paid to be there rather than the venue having an excellent relationship with the suppliers. You may be receiving a discount by using them, because they paid to be there. This does not mean they will be the best choice for your wedding. Just be savvy and ask questions at your initial meeting. Thankfully a lot of venues will compile a list based on their passion and love for a particular company, these are the kinds of people you want to work with for your wedding because if they take that much care in selecting some excellent people to recommend then they will also take excellent care of your wedding.
I am not saying that all venues that have paid preferred suppliers lists are bad and neither are the suppliers that are on them. You may like the people they suggest and you may not mind that they have paid to be there, even if the venue gets a % of the booking, I just want you to go in to your first meeting with a little bit of knowledge behind what that list may actually mean. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I also don’t want you to miss out, the venue has narrowed down such a teeeeeeny selection of the industry, you may not feel inclined to search further, when actually there may be (probably is) better out there. Especially when it comes to the photographer.
If anyone has anything they would like to add to help brides out on this matter then please do leave a comment. This is the edited and watered down version, I think I did ok to keep ranting at a minimum so that it was of some help?