BY VANESSA MWEDZI
Everyone wants their special day to be amazing.
They tend to forget though that wedding service providers are real people and real businesses
They expect everyone to bend over backward for their day to be special.
So we interviewed various wedding service providers anonymously and got a gist of what irritates them when dealing with their service consumers.
This is to assist you when planning your wedding:
- PEOPLE WHO DEMAND SERVICES THAT ARE MORE THAN THEY PAID FOR-
It’s common to be excited and accept some services without getting to know more.
As a bride or groom ask questions and get samples before committing to services so you will know exactly what you paying for.
For instance, a person might choose to have artificial flowers at their wedding because of their price but might prefer fresh flowers.
It is important to see and know the difference.
Do not get this the wrong way.
There can be time and place for discounts and these include specials or packages a wedding vendor is offering.
This should be on the wedding vendor’s insistence and not begged or bargained.
Too much negotiation can lead to poor service and this is not ideal for a wedding.
3. EXPECTING SOME SERVICES FOR FREE BECAUSE YOU HAVE PAID
This works hand in hand with the next item
Wedding service providers have a lot of customers waiting to work with them, so do not think when you give them a job you have done them a favor.
In most cases, you need them more than they do so do not expect or ask for any services for free.
Expecting a service provider to work for exposure is also unacceptable.
People who are guilty of this are mostly socialites, celebrities, and people with a lot of followers.
Remember that this business is their livelihood and working on your wedding is going to cost them money and their time so are those costs going to be covered by your followers?
5. COUPLES WHO THINK THAT THEY OWN YOU
Wedding planners say that if you don’t set boundaries some people will think they own you.
It’s okay to be available when the bride and groom need you but when someone says things like “timeline doesn’t matter, she can stay an extra hour”, that is a bit offensive to their profession.
If tables were turned and your boss expected you to miss your wedding and come in for work because you once said in an interview, you can work extra hours.
It’s all about treating each other with the same respect we would want.
6. A BRIDE WHO KEEPS CHANGING WHAT THEY WANT
Of course, a wedding planner should help you with your planning but you should know what you want beforehand.
It’s important to visualize your wedding day before you see a planner and before you welcome any suggestions from people.
This will aid in staying decisive when other attractive options come because trust me they do.
7. A COUPLE WHO ARE NOT ON THE SAME PAGE–
Before meeting with any wedding planner, a couple should sit down and decide on what they want for their wedding.
It is normal to disagree but they should never put the vendor or planner on the spot when arguing on whatever decision they make for their wedding.
Any important decision like which guests to invite should be done before engaging the planner.
8. MAKING AND DEMANDING LAST-MINUTE CHANGES.
Some people cancel on a provider last minute because of circumstances beyond control.
This should be done at least weeks or months before the day, especially when it comes to changes because at the end of the day it is your day and it should be special.
9. Being Clueless
We are living in the digital age.
Most people are busy but it wouldn’t hurt to do a little research before meeting a service provider so you will know the right questions to ask and a guide on what to expect.
10. Expecting extra guests to be accommodated on the same budget.
You must know the number of guests you want for your wedding and settle that with your family members.
You must know that having extra guests confuses a lot of things from the chairs, food, and drinks.
Therefore it’s important to understand the planning process, be decisive, and treat service providers with respect.