Tips to successfully work with wedding vendors



FLINT TOWNSHIP — Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially when it comes to getting your dream wedding on your dream budget.

Too often couples overlook haggling for better prices because they may be intimidated by the process or simply want to plan the most memorable day regardless of cost. There are many ways to successfully work with vendors so everyone wins in the end.

“Couples spend a great deal of time and effort finding the perfect wedding vendors to fit their style and budget,” said Diane Wojciechowski, marketing director at IMA Recreation Association and IMA Brookwood Golf Club. “We encourage couples interested in our catering and banquet services to meet us in person since we will be working with them closely for several months.”

Another idea? Attend a bridal show.

“Bridal Shows are a great way to meet many of the top local vendors in person under one roof,” added Wojciechowski. “Shows can also save the couple a lot of money since many bridal show vendors will be offering show day specials.”

Also important, said Wojciechowski, is for couples to do their homework before meeting with vendors.

“Have a detailed list of questions prepared that covers all of their needs and concerns to make sure that the vendor can meet their needs,” she said.

Here are some other tips:

Explore your options. Weddings are big business for vendors, and the competition is stiff. Visit a variety of vendors and compare their services and prices prior to making any decisions.

Never take the first offer. A good business person will tell you there always is room for negotiation. Avoid the loaded question of “What can you spend on this?” by the vendor. Instead, let them bring up a price first, and realize that this first quote can almost always be negotiated down.

Negotiate the big-ticket items first. Discounts on big-ticket items, such as the reception venue, will save you the most money. For example, you will save more by getting 20 percent off at the catering hall than if you save 20 percent on your wedding gown.

Walk away if need be. Always have a Plan B in place. This way if you tell a vendor that their price is too expensive and you have to pass, you really have a fall-back option.

Wedding prices can be overwhelming. However, negotiating for lower prices is always an option for cost-conscious couples.


Planning your wedding? Head to the Wedding Marketplace presented by the Genesee County Bridal Alliance.

Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 The Captains Club at Woodfield 10200 Woodfield Dr., Grand Blanc

For more info visit and don’t miss the View Newspaper Group special wedding section, which publishes in all Genesee County View Newspapers on Thursday, Jan. 22.

Wedding Marketplace Vendors include:

• Metamora Golf &

Country Club
• Meant To Be Bridal &
Tuxedo Shoppe
• Allied Rent All
• Bride Discount Card
• Pop Mod Photos
• Purple Magic
• The Fountains Golf &
• Younique Products
• Bella Birches
• Tasty Layers Custom
• Bon Appetit
• Creative Catering
• Black Tie Productions
• Rusch Entertainment
• Cherished Celebrations
• Floral Sense
• Vogt’s Flowers
• Amerilodge Group
• The Booth!

• U Pose Photo Booth
• Royal Linen Services
• Special Occasions
• Centennial Image
• President Tuxedo
• Atlas Valley Country Club
• Captain’s Club at
• Clio Country Club
• Glen Gables
• West Court Street Church
of God
• DeLorme Photography
Thanks to the following
• Beauty Enroute
• Laura Allis Events
• Rev. Tuttle
• Three D Security
Thank you to the Diamond
Dash partner: Palace Jewelers

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