How to get something for free during the wedding planning process.

For some time now, I have been debating on whether to publish this post.  But I think I am to the point now where I hope that it will do a lot of good. 

Wedding vendors are a tight knit group.  We work hard, put in more than our fair share of hours and then get up and do it all over again.  We also socialize with each other.  When you don't have normal co-workers to complain to, be excited for, you look to each other for valuable information or reassurance.  The good ones realize what an important day your wedding can be and are excited about being a part of it.  

But what we are hearing is disturbing.  Brides are talking with each other about how to get discounts from vendors, or how to yell and scream to get something for free. I even saw a chain of posts on The Knot's forums on this very thing.   The advice consisted of being dishonest in talking with her vendors, using cut-throat tactics, all just to get some small percentage off. 

I would just like to say that this is not the best approach.  Here is a little known secret in the wedding industry. 

Be really nice to your vendors.  Treat them as an artist of their craft.  Treat them like real people.  Respect them. 

You might be suprised what you get for free.


Angela S. Deaver | Main Street Productions | Birmingham Wedding Videographer


"It’s a beginning and an ending, it’s glorious and sad, and it’s intimate and public.  In your lifetime there will be few milestones that will change the course of your future more than your wedding day. Main Street Productions understands and believes in the emotions of life. We bring these emotions to our art and look forward to presenting you a glimpse into your own past." - John Deaver, Main Street Productions