“Ever wondered is it possible to get best vendor/quotes from wedding inspiration blogs ?”
“Why do we have so many wedding inspiration blogs ?”
Read on you will be surprised and then you will realize you are not !
Many Indian Wedding blogs for inspiration have cool ideas. They give you a nice direction for your wedding shopping and latest trends in wedding decor, bridal dresses, wedding table setups, mandaps and many more. There is an interesting phenomenon happening in the Indian wedding photography industry right now. These wedding blogs features weddings, destination weddings,concept and stylized pre-wedding shoots for your wedding inspiration. In addition to that, most of the wedding websites, if not all, also features vendor listing from Indian wedding industry including Indian candid wedding photographers. These listing are quite useful for brides to have everyone as a ready recknor to connect with different vendors. But there are some hidden truths which can be decoded logically. Let me share a real life story
Last week I got a pre-wedding shoot inquiry. A couple of email exchanges and a customized quote was shared with the bride. Later that day, I received the call from her asking for best/better price. I shared my views on pricing, how I do my shoots and price was pretty much standard and non-negotiable. Then the conversation took a new turn and she shared that an XYZ wedding blog is offering Rs.5000 cheaper for same shoot. Interestingly that lower price offered to the bride was for a similar shoot exclusively by me. She was keen on cheaper price but wanted to deal directly with me. Further in the conversation, she revealed that apart from my work, they had keenly suggest two other teams. She was keen on hiring me but I have to tell her that my pricing is non-negotiable. She can opt for booking through “that” wedding portal or directly from me. Its all about her comfort level.
So what are your views on this ? Is it a confusing and complex situation to be in ? actually yes, if I was shopping/hunting for vendors. Let me break down the entire deal step by step. Lets say if I am directly selling something for Rs.1 lac and another wedding portal at Rs.95,000. So who pays/discount that Rs.5000 ? Logically, either I give a discount when booked through portal or wedding portal pays from their own pocket. Third situation could be where the said bride never got such a discount and it was a way of negotiating. It is perplexing situation but we can always keep it simple. If I have to buy Kindle, I will always buy from Amazon even if I am getting some discount at other ecommerce portals. For me it is not worth the risk if I don’t know much about that ecommerce portal.
“Curious case of lost inquiry form that you filled ! “
This was a small story and I guess we know what actually happened and why. Let me go back to vendor listing and how it actually works. I will also throw some light on why there are so many wedding inspiration blogs and wedding planning websites. If not all but most of the websites charge vendors for listing. If a vendor does not pay either they are not listed or they are buried down below the list. I have even one of the VC funded Indian wedding blog founder emailing me to pay for listing. When he found out that I am not keen on paying, he started threatening me that I will not be among the list of top wedding photographers from Pune. There is big bad world under the beautiful wedding websites. Wedding websites and blogs have these listing free for brides or couples. So a bride can fill up the inquiry form for various wedding photographer and the photographers can respond to that. This looks quite easy and straight. But generally only paid vendors get those inquiries and unpaid vendors are filtered out. Some blogs keep a cap of 2-3 inquiries/month for unpaid vendors whereas paid ones get all the inquiries in their inbox.
“Ever tried contacting the photographer directly”
If you closely look at the photographer listing page, many blogs don’t give direct contact numbers or email id’s of photographers. Sometimes they don’t even share the website link of photographers. If you liked few photographers, have you tried contacting them directly or google their names for contact details ? Logically, would you get a better deal through a wedding blog or photographer directly ? Most wedding blogs are business entities and it requires business model to keep it running in profit. It needs funds and effort to create content. Although the major part of content in form of beautiful pictures is provided free by photographers. Easiest business model for them is paid listing which can debated or may be not 🙂
Happy Shopping !