Post # 1
I met with a photographer yetserday that did a friends wedding. My friend told me that i would be able to get a referral discount on my package so that was a bonus on top of the fact that i love their pictures and style. Well, during the meeting, up to the point of discussing the package price, the photographer didnt metnion applying the referal discount… so finally I brought it up and asked. She seemed hesitant, and then said that it wasn’t supposed to be for wedding packages, just individual shoots, but could do it for us. I feel so BAD about asking for it now. Its been really hard trying to ask for a new contract with the agree price via email – I still haven’t sent it. Its about $600 difference so its not a small amount…. did anyone else have a problem asking for a small discount or did you even bother?
Post # 3
You shouldn’t feel bad for asking for a discount. I ask for discounts on everything. The worst they can do is say that they can’t give me one. If she wasn’t able to give you a discount, she would have told you so.
Post # 4
Throughout this entire wedding process I’ve asked for discounts on everything and believe it or not, the response has been fairly positive. I think wedding vendors should not be surprised knowing that brides are working within a budget. Price negotiating is normal everywhere else except the U.S. but is becoming more common nowadays.
The only concern I would have about the discount is the type of work she will provide knowing the service is at a lower cost. As long as you have everything in writing I think you should be okay.
Post # 5
Don’t feel bad for asking for a discount–the most they can do is say no. Even though she seem hestinant, she still said yes, so it give you rights to request the new price contract! I don’t know what you’re talking about–600 is a lot of money! You can apply that to more albums or some where else in the budget.
We also ask for discounts and I’m always on the hunt for companies that give military discount on certain days to save more.
Post # 6
Yea I asked for discounts on everything. Why not? A professional will not be insulted. I usually go one of two ways (but everyone has different circumstances). First, I ask for discounts based on getting married off season. Then I’ll pick what I want to pay and say something like “I think your ___ are fantastic and your prices are fair, but you’re simply out of our budget. If you could work with me and come down to ___ we’d have a deal.” It is important to let them know that it isn’t that their package isn’t worth the cost…. because that would be insulting.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone, I feel better about this. The thing is I wouldn’t have thought of asking because their prices seem fair anyways compared to other photographers in the area. The only reason I asked was my friend told me I should be able to get it so I thought it was normal, and that they give it out all the time. I guess you guys are right, I mean, if they really couldn’t, they could have said no. And I’m pretty sure they are hurting for clients, so they didnt need to lure us by giving the discount, since they are booked every weekend from now till October and have booked a bunch of weekends next year too.
@baldor1, I did think about that, but I would hope that a true professional would not do something like that. Even with 600 off, its still not a small chunk of change at nearly 3500. They seem to love what they do and would want to be proud of their work and display their talent no matter what, esp since it can always draw in more busniess when I show people my photos and tell them how awesome they are to work with.
I finally sent the email asking for a new contract. =)
When you guys asked, did you ask for a dollar amt? percentage? or work toward a target budget that you arleady set?
Post # 8
Our photographer actually offered us a discount. His normal base price was more than our budget. He asked our budget and built a package at our price point. Getting there involved cutting the album and also a several hundred dollar discount. It helped that we are getting married on a Tuesday however.
Post # 9
Don’t feel bad at all!
Vendors expect to be asked for discounts and they get asked all the time. If she couldn’t, she would have said no.
When you start talking $, they know you’re getting serious, so just roll with it and don’t feel bad.
Post # 10
When I ask for discounts, I first ask if they offer any, and if so, how much would they be willing to come down too. Then, if that is still out of our budget, I say something like, I am sorry, but that is still more than we were hoping to pay. We were hoping to pay as close to “insert amount here”. Then, if they can work with that they let us know and we work from there on what are options are for that price.
Post # 11
Definitely ask for the discount. Every one of our vendors worked with us. Everyone is negotiable. So, our photographers charge $150 for your wedding pictures dvd. They do that because they get it made and it’s all beautiful and whatnot. I figure we’ll look at it a couple times and then stack it with the others. So, we got $150 off just for asking for a plain dvd of our photos. Bingo!
Post # 12
I would never sign on a vendor with at least asking if they’re willing to bend a bit on price.
Alternatively, if you feel uncomfortable asking for a price reduction flat out ask if they’d be willing to include any extras with their standard pricing.
Never feel bad about asking. Nine times out of ten most vendors are more than willing to be flexiable to get your business.
Post # 13
Hmm, I wish I had seen this thread before booking our photographer! I was in love with the work of one, but they were out of our budget, so after getting their price list, I had to cross them off my list. I would have felt bad asking for a discount from the photographer we ended up hiring though, since she’s just starting out. She’s probably done 20 weddings or so and was still charging a relatively low price ($1500 for all day coverage, album credit, hi-res edited files and an e-session). I kind of feel like I am getting a discount because we booked her in March for next year. Her prices have gone up to over $2000 for our package now.
Post # 14
As a photog, I almost always anticipate being asked to discount a package or to meet a budget, so I am always prepared to discuss options and customize packages. Also, if you are a student or military, inquire if they offer those discounts. I do, but i cant give them the discount if i dont know that they are military/student, so it never hurts to ask!
Most professionals are willing to attempt to either meet your budget or at least meet you halfway. So definitely ask… like someone else on here said, the worst they can do is say no.
Post # 15
we definitely asked…our budget for photo was small…alot smaller than what our photographer quoted us as their price, we negotiated and it ended up being lowered a total of about 500 dollars…WE LOVE our photographers and even though they are (yes still) over our original budget, if my FI wouldn’t have asked just that one last time if there was anything else they could work with us on, we’d of had a photographer we wouldn’t have been as happy with…that makes for a not so happy bride 🙂 If they’re balking that much and not getting back to you…i suggest maybe looking for another photographer…I would be worried that if you have to push and nag that much, they’re not going to be that excited and give you the quality you so want and deserve on your wedding day…
Post # 16
We didn’t even ask for a discount, but we got one anyway. Our photographer’s lowest package price still included an engagement session. Since we were arriving in the area only the night before the wedding, there was no way we could use that, so I asked what it would be without the engagement session. It was clear that the price he gave us reflected the facts that a) our wedding was on a Tuesday in the off season, and b) we were a same-sex couple, and he as a photographer in Massachusetts was interested in having shots of it on his site to advertise that he was open to such weddings.