A big, big problem I find working in the Wedding Industry is that a lot of people want things doing and providing for their Wedding for next to nothing. They simply don’t seem to understand or appreciate the true cost of a bespoke service such as what I myself provide. I can completely understand people working to a budget as I was also a bride that had a modest budget myself, but even I wouldn’t have expected someone to provide a service for my wedding and do it for next to nothing, it’s common sense surely? You wouldn’t expect a plumber or electrician to come to your house, carry out the work required and only expect to pay them for the materials? Of course you would have to pay for their time etc. It’s the same for any service provider, so why people think it’s different for Wedding Service Providers I don’t know, I just think some people totally undervalue what we do and what it involves. Good service doesn’t come ‘cheap’.
As an example, have a little read of this story, it can be adapted to anyone who provides a bespoke service, so cake makers, dress makers etc etc. The story is fictitious but it’s purely to prove a point……….
A moral story – Bespoke Wedding services
A lady wanted her Wedding venue styling with beautiful bespoke & luxurious flower arrangements all over and had spotted a local Wedding Stylist who did absolutely amazing work and had a very good reputation, but she charged a good fair price too.
The lady thought that her price was a little high for her low budget so she approached the Wedding Stylist and in quite an abrupt fashion stated, “I want you to style my Wedding venue and provide all the flower arrangements, but I’m on a very tight budget and have seen others who do it cheaper!”
The Wedding Stylist was a little taken aback but replied, “OK, how much do you think I should charge for my services?”
The lady replied “I think you should charge “X” much, because the flowers will cost this much and the other materials this much.”
The final price the lady had calculated was quite a bit cheaper than the Wedding Stylists original price, but she said “OK, deal. You will get your flowers “.
The customer is very pleased with herself and she can’t resist telling all her friends what a fabulous deal she has negotiated and how smart she is, and that she will get her full venue styled with beautiful bespoke, luxurious and one of a kind flower arrangements for very low cost..
A while later, the day before her Wedding day arrives, the lady arrives at her hotel venue to have a look at her room set-up and discovers that all the flowers and materials have been placed in a corner of the room in boxes..
Angrily she contacts the Wedding Stylist asking “How could you do this to me? I asked you to come and do my flower arrangements for my whole Wedding venue and everything has been left in boxes in a corner, nothing has been done and I get married tomorrow!”
The Wedding Stylist quietly replies “My dear, you got exactly what you paid for, if you think there is something missing, you need to pay for it.”
Moral of the story – when you buy a bespoke service you are not just buying the materials you are buying the time, effort, skill, training, costs of running a business, tax, overheads and love and dedication that goes into providing a bespoke service.