Post # 1
We’re about to sign our contract with a caterer and I am tempted to ask him to cut us a deal for something, but i’m so shy when it comes to negotiating.
I’m trying to save money for our wedding and I’d feel better if I could get a discount so that we don’t pay the sticker price, or atleat get more for our money. I’m thinking of asking for them to throw in a champagne toast and a charger for the place setting, which is only like a $200 value. Is that bad? Our pp price is around $30 x 75ppl, so in the grand scheme of things $200 isn’t a gig deal, but I am such a bargain shopper and I want to feel like i’ve accomplished something. My FI hates the idea of asking for negotiations.
Did you guys negotiate with your caterer? What did you get?
Post # 3
We inadvertently negotiated! We were going to do our own appetizers, but the closer we got to the wedding, the more we realized it was going to be a headache. We contacted the caterer to find out about adding some, and they gave us a price out of our budget. We told them it was too much and that we’d just figure something else out. They said they wanted to help us out, so changed the appetizers slightly and gave us 50% off! They also own a specialty chocolate shop and gave us a huge chocolate filled gift basket as a gift. I’m glad they did this as they arrived late to our wedding and didn’t provide pop/water as they said they would. Blerg.
Post # 4
Wow that was really nice of them to help you out. And they gave you chocolate? Yum! Lucky girl!
Post # 5
There’s no harm in asking for a discount or for something to be comped. The worst thing they can say is no!
Our venue gave us one hell of a deal. Originally I didn’t even contact them because they are very expensive and totally out of our budget but I entered my info into this local wedding site that contacts area vendors on your behalf and they contacted me.
I hosted a few bridal showers at our venue over the last few years and I became friendly with the coordinator. She emailed me wanting to set up a time for us to come in. I told her that we would have loved to get married there but there was no way we could afford it. She guaranteed me that she would “make it work” and she did! We went in for a meeting and told her how much we want to spend per person ($65 including tax and gratuity) and she made it happen. I got my dream venue for a considerable discount (most packages are $100+ p/person).
Post # 6
We paid in full at signing, which saved us over $900, or 20% of our catering costs! If you’re not sure, I’d definitely ask them about a discount like that. 🙂
Post # 7
Our caterer sucks. They have no deals and charge for everything. They are ‘set’ on their prices. They are popular though, so they can get away with it.
Post # 8
Don’t be shy! You don’t have to be a car salesman about it, just try leveling with them. Why not try this: “I really like your company and I would love to book with you, but I’ve only budget X amount of dollars for catering. Is there anything you can do to help reach my budget?”
Post # 9
It couldn’t hurt to ask! We just told them that we were willing to pay X amount and asked what they could give us for that. They were really nice and seemed excited to do something nice for our wedding, and they gave us a lot more then I expected!
Post # 10
Update: I got the free stuff I wanted. They didn’t even counter, they just agreed. Yay! Thanks for the encouragement ladies! I am so excited right now, lol.