You’re interested in including romantic drapery at your wedding, but you’re intimidated by what you think it will cost. You’re not alone, and that’s why Geri Sims, owner of Atlanta Wedding Decor schedules an introductory call to go over estimated costs as soon as an interested bride reaches out. With your call with Geri, you’ll begin to understand what all to expect and be on the right track to stick within your budget with all your plans. What’s more, Geri loves any and all questions – so don’t be afraid to ask about everything you’re unsure about. Read more from our interview with Geri below!
Describe a typical bridal consultation.
I generally start with a phone conversation to make sure we are one the same page in the ideas the bride has as well as a realistic budget. I then like to give the bride a few pictures and estimated prices to think about. Then we follow up with a meeting either at the venue or a mutual location. I then go back and put it all on paper for the brides review or questions.
What tips would you give brides-to-be on working with their vendors?
There is never a bad question. Make sure the cost you are getting is for everything (delivery, set up, take down, possible late fees if you run over in time…) So many brides forget the details because they do not know there are important details that can turn a beautiful day into a disaster.
What questions do you like to be asked?
I like brides who trust me enough to let me do what is best for that special day. I really have no problem with any questions out there.
What information should the bride/couple know before meeting with you?
I really do not expect a couple that is just getting married for the first time to know anything about this industry. It is our job to educate them. Most of the time this is their first big event and must be done to perfection.
What is your deal breaker/breaking point? Is there anything that when a client asks you say no to/won’t take them as a client? (i.e. ridiculous low budget, extreme/outrageous demand, etc.)
I will not work with a bride who talks down to me or assumes we are there just for her. Then there are those brides who want something for nothing. I try and work with most brides but I do have a minimum of what I charge. If this is just not in your budget, I will give you other ideas of where to go.
There are really very few brides I will ever say no to.
How do you overcome objections brought to you by a potential client? (i.e. Why do you charge so much for 1 day shooting/a cake/food/flowers, etc.?)
I just tell them that we are not a good fit for all brides. I will try and give them good advice on how to make it work for them. I try and put myself in their shoes.
Splurge on: videographer… you will capture people on tape that you may never see again. A possible grandparent or parents that will pass one day and you had their voice and personality on tape. There are times you cannot get those moments back but for those few minutes you have them in your life.
Save on: the small trinkets you purchase with your names… lip gloss, bubbles, flip flops, water bottles with your name… spend that money somewhere else. People throw the little stuff away.
Don’t sweat: TIME… remember, we as vendors do this every week. We are use to going very fast, working around each other or helping each other throughout the day. It may look like kayos to the bride but in this industry it’s normal to be doing 10 things at the same time during crunch time.