by: Lauren

For today’s Thursday Tips, I thought I would just provide some clarification and insight into things regarding wedding vendor pricing that I never knew about or understood when I was a bride…

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Image above by Jason Mize Photography

Pricing: This is the big thing, because I don’t care how much money you have, you want to get the best price on everything. I thought it when I was a bride and I’ve heard many other people voice the same- “Why is everything SO expensive for a wedding?” Simply put- weddings are people’s jobs. It’s their livelihood and what puts food on the table. Prices that you are given are what the vendor has decided they need to charge to make a living- not all of the money that you pay vendors goes into their bank accounts to stay forever. That being said, vendors’ prices can vary because of QUALITY. It could be the quality of flowers, the quality of chivari chairs, the quality of equipment, or the quality of the service you’re getting. Wedding services and products are for sure something that you get what you pay for.

Service fees:Why the heck do they need an extra fee? That’s ridiculous.” A service fee covers costs for vendors. If they have any employees, that pays them. It covers any extra costs and materials for your wedding- like floral foam for your centerpieces, or tape to tape down electrical cords for your DJ. It’s there so you’re not being nickel and dimed for every little thing– because ultimately that wastes your time and the vendor’s time.

Delivery: Simply put, it covers gas for a vehicle to get to your wedding and deliver everything. If a truck or van needs to be rented, the delivery price covers that as well.

Tax: If you are getting anything that is an “object” you have to be taxed. Flowers, rentals, linens- the rule of thumb for me is if you can hold it, it’s taxed. (A service like planning is not taxed, because it’s all just paying for time.) You go to the store and buy anything- food, a dress, shoes- and you know that it’s not going to be exactly the same price that’s listed on the price tag. Unfortunately that’s how it is with everything, weddings included.


I could go on and on, but these are the general things that I myself had no clue about. I hope I was able to clear some things up for some of you! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! :)

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Lauren Grove is the editor and owner of Every Last Detail. A clueless bride-turned-wedding planner, Lauren uses her experiences and knowledge to educate and inspire brides all over the world.
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  1. Carrie Pratt

    Well said Lauren!

  2. Alec

    Thats a really good blog post, thanks for the information.

  3. Caitlin Thomas

    Great post! Just thought I would throw in there that in some states you are required to charge sales tax on services (i.e. Pennsylvania). :(

  4. Cristen of Captivatingly Chic (a Vendor)

    Great post Lauren! All great points that you touched upon and important for bride’s to understand where we come from in regards to pricing of our services.

  5. Tanis Jackson (a Vendor)

    Great post! Another big factor is the amount of time we spend quoting & meeting with a client before they sign. It can be many, many emails back and forth with first time meetings that go on for a couple of hours. Many couples interview a few people, particularly in my category of planning, and all that quoting and meeting time is unpaid.

  6. Jessica McCravy Studios (a Bride)

    Yes! Thank you for putting this so politely. As a wedding photographer I always get “Oh, you just up-charge because it’s a WEDDING”, when in reality it’s my livelihood. I don’t do family or portrait sessions because my main focus is wedding photography. People never seem to understand that my job is SO much more than just showing up and snapping a few photos (which anybody can do, of course! #ugh), but meetings, phone calls, planning, timeline building, hours and hours and hours of editing, album building, working on my branding and packaging, etc. It’s a lot more work than people think. I don’t make $300 an hour like it would seem.

  7. Zena (a Bride)

    This has helped me tremendously I’m paying for my own wedding every penny count

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