What wedding suppliers won’t tell you.

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My role in the wedding world is a bit of a funny one.

 

As a blogger, my aim is to inspire couples planning their wedding day. I showcase the services of others rather than delivering a wedding day service of my own, and this puts me in quite a different position to wedding suppliers. I’m perched on the periphery, watching the industry buzzing about doing its thing… and I have to say, my heart genuinely swells with pride when I look around me.

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Cornwall and Devon boast a higher than average number of entrepreneurs and creatives, and far from being the sleepy backward west country that may be perceived, we are talented, passionate and creative. Our wedding industry is the epitome of this, crammed with the most incredible wedding professionals you could ever hope to find, right here on our doorstep.

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I spend a lot of time with these amazing people – they’ve become like an extended family. One of my favourite things is arriving at an industry event to be greeted with hugs and smiles, catching up with old friends and making new ones.

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It’s for them that I write this post.

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Because the thing wedding suppliers won’t tell you, is how HARD they work for you. How they pour their heart and soul into each and every bride, groom and wedding. They won’t tell you about the never-ending costs involved in running their business. They won’t tell you how they worry about making sure they’re replying to emails and facebook messages as quickly as possible, even if it’s dinner time or 11 pm and they were just heading to bed. They won’t tell you how they agonise over what they do, or the huge amount of pressure they put on themselves to always deliver above and beyond expectations. They won’t tell you how stressful it can be delivering a service that is for a once-in-a-lifetime day, to make sure they don’t mess up and ruin it for you. They won’t tell you how they stay up late doing admin or trying to keep the plates spinning. They won’t tell you how they missed their child’s sports day because they put work first, or how they barely see their family during the hectic wedding season.

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They’ll never tell you that their hearts sink a little lower every time someone asks for a discount or their best price.

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Wedding suppliers would never say all of this. But I will.

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These people are dedicated, reliable and professional. They know weddings. They are masters of their skill. They risk-manage the shit out of every aspect of what they do so that by the time your wedding day comes round, everything goes swimmingly. They will do you proud. They deserve to be paid the price that they have carefully calculated will cover their costs and pay them a wage while being acceptable to clients.

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Please, value them.

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If you want a particular photographer or cake maker, you’re not just buying a product or service, you’re investing in that person, their creativity and expertise. The person who has worked their socks off to be who they are and be so amazing at what they do. Haggling only serves to undervalue them.

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My audience is discerning couples who are happily willing to invest in the right wedding suppliers for them, and for that I’m grateful.

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What I’d really love is that every person reading this who agrees with the sentiment shares this post so that we can support a culture of appreciation for these brilliant people. Let them be valued and paid fairly for the awesomeness that they’ll bring to your wedding day!

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And if you want to see who I’m talking about, you only need to check out our fabulous supplier guide which showcases members of the Pasties & Petticoats Wedding Collective, some of the finest wedding professionals you’ll find across Cornwall and Devon.

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Let’s get some love flowing for these awesome suppliers
share, share share!

 

We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

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