Friday Wedding: NO discount?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My friend wasn’t able to get any discounts for having a friday wedding, besides the venue.  

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@DC_ChicagoBride:  If the date on your thing is correct it is probably because it is a popular season for weddings anyway so they probably dont have much trouble booking on a Friday. I think it is the same with off season discounts. We have had some great off season discounts and met some vendors who offer no discounts no matter what. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

The Friday discount is more of a venue things, to fill the space in an otherwise unpopular spot (same thing with winter discounts)

A photographer and videographer have things to do (shooting paperwork, editing, etc) any given day of the week, and therefore not many days are “slow” for them.

You may be better off politely explaining your budget and asking if they can work within those parameters (but of course, don’t expect a full package if you request this and it’s below their usual price).
I think most vendors don’t particularly like it when a potential client asks for a discount right off the bat, so it’s better for you to ask for their help rather than asking for their money (a discount is not the same as working within a budget – a discount implies shaving the profit down on services they’d charge more for, and I think most vendors don’t want to dela with that)

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@DC_ChicagoBride:  I’m having a Friday wedding and I didn’t see any big savings. It’s a fallacy in bigger/more desirable locations in my opinion.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@DC_ChicagoBride:  the only discount ive heard of is the venue. Photographers, videographers, Djs, they do weddings/events every day of the week, so Friday is no different

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

You’re probably not going to get a discount. Vendors work just as hard for a wedding on a Friday as they do for a wedding on a Saturday. That said, a friday wedding may help you avoid vendor minimums. For example, for a Saturday booking my florist had a $2000 minimum. But since we got married on a Sunday, there was no minimum. I got to stay within my floral budget AND get the florist I really wanted. Win!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

I think you might see a discount with the catering or venue, but that’s about it

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Monday-Thursday weddings are usually discounted!

Mine is from all vendors, less of Food and Bev minimum to meet, DJ knocked off 500, Photog knocked off 1k

reason being is these vendors do weddings for a livelihood and if they don’t get booked for the 4 straight weekends in a month then they will have to worry about bills, etc as their life is a perpetual contract job to job.

Vendors are happy to do weekday weddings as it leaves them with possibly twice or 1.5 times the income of a usual week where they would most likely only get booked for 1 saturday or friday.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I heard the same thing about off-season weddings (Mine is in November).  We saw $100 savings on the the chapel….that was it.  I have determined that the Friday and Off season discounts are all a myth.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Maybe they are on to us… 😛 They figured out that we are picking Friday to save some money, and they are rebelling.

In all seriousness, I’ve only ever heard of Friday discounts on the venue. It doesn’t hurt to keep asking though, even if they say no.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve also only seen Friday discounts on REALLY high-end venues.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@lovekiss:  +1

 

When I was looking around I thought I would get a discount for having a “small” wedding. NOPE. And when I wasnt sure of the day of the week it seemed Friday and Saturday are priced the same with Sunday being cheaper, and this was only for venues. Photographers charge what they charge no matter the day I found, unless you go a la carte or like others have said explain your budget and maybe they can work with it.

My only savings is having a smaller guest list.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

@DC_ChicagoBride:  I think Friday weddings are becoming increasingly popular so many vendors don’t offer discounts.

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@CakeyP:  +1 this is exactly right. Venues are a fixed item, meaning that if it’s booked, they make money, if it’s not booked, it’s empty and making no money. Other vendors, particularly photographers and videographers, will charge the same more often than not because they will be editting far beyond the 8 hour window of the wedding. In the off season they are more likely to discount because they may otherwise not have much to work on, or don’t want to go a weekend or two in a row without shooting/getting paid at all. 

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