Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Furloughed Bride

First my FI got furloughed two Fridays ago...that means a 5% pay cut and mandatory one day off a month...not too terrible compared to some people so we took it in stride and made some cuts to our monthly budget.

Then last Friday...I got a 8% pay cut. Seriously?! Why now...not to mention I just got a new job and took a much lower salary due to the current economic situation.

So here is my question...why has the wedding industry not felt the pinch of the economic downturn? Is it on a one year lag? Do vendors live in denial? Are brides still having lavish weddings? I don't get it.

Now I begin my attempt to work some deals...we are already doing a budget wedding only now I have to get serious about saving some money. Can I furlough my wedding vendors? Give them all a 8% pay cut? Haha. Probably not.

I have cut everything I can and now I am left with fixed costs like our wedding venue and other vendors who refuse to budge.

What is a girl to do?

1 comments on "A Furloughed Bride"

chicncheap on June 24, 2009 at 7:54 AM said...

That really sucks, sorry to hear! Well I think the wedding industry feels it in some places. Somehow other places are immune and are still ridiculous.
We were able to negotiate down the minimum with our restaurant/reception site. We also used the student excuse to negotiate our photographer's fee.
Can you do something similar with your venue?

People also like to get if they give. How about offering free advertising for them? I also told the restaurant I would submit our pictures to be featured by large publications.
How about giving them a referral. It never hurts to ask so try!

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