As a member of a number of Mitzvah Planning groups on Facebook (psst. Don’t forget to like us!), one question that comes up all the time is some asking for recommendations for a reasonably priced ___ (fill in the blank vendor). Every time I see that, I want to rip my hair out! Why?
Reasonably priced is an opinion
What’s reasonable to one person is not reasonable to another. Often what the person is really saying is I don’t want to pay a lot for ___, who is cheap?
Quality isn’t mentioned as a factor
If reasonable = inexpensive, you get what you pay for. A vendor who is well below market value may fit any of the following: inexperienced, slow to respond to your needs, unreliable, poor reputation in the industry, lesser quality equipment, no backup plan (ie a photographer who only brings one camera). Or maybe you’re getting lucky with someone who is trying to break into the Mitzvah business. If your determining factor for hiring them is solely the price, how can you be sure of their quality?
There are vendors in many different price points, but what someone else considers reasonably priced shouldn’t be the determining factor in hiring a vendor for your event. If someone’s price seems too good to be true, ask yourself why that might be.