How much could I haggle with this price?

posted 4 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Try a $1000, and tell them if they agree you will sign the contract immediately.  This mentality worked for my dad and our venue (he got 20% off all the food and beverages by promising to sign that day).

Post # 5
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2079 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@memo:  I think that is a reasonable price for the area. I use to live on HHI. DH and I paid about that for our venue, which included food, cake, linens, and the ceremony for 98 people. Our wedding was in Indiana though. I would try to talk them down the 1k a previous poster mentioned since it’s only for 11 more people.

Post # 6
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789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Are you 110% sure everyone you’re going to invite is going to come? We are having about 15 or so people not come who we thought would. You could still get the smaller room in that case. 

We’re in Missisauga and are getting married in Tennessee! 

Post # 9
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789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@memo:  at least you’re being smart and going to a resort that can plan everything for you! I’ve had to make several trips down to meet with vendors and plan things. 

If you’re doing it on a weekday they usually offer cheaper prices anyways. I also give you credit for haggling. I always feel so bad and just say ok, here’s my money. 

Post # 11
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3476 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Took a class in negotiation with a Wharton prof, ask if you want more info.  Haggling tips:

  • Figure out what’s in it for them – what are their interests?  They likely want as much money as soon as possible.  So offer a deal that will work for them (cash up front perhaps?  sign immediately?  etc).
  • Research as much as possible (e.g. figure out what their competitors are charging).
  • Say things you agree on – get consensus first.  You can ask questions they’ll agree with you on, or in this case, I’d likely say something positive about the venue.  e.g. “My FI and I really liked X about your place.”
  • State the problem “We’d like the X room, but the deposit on top of the per person fee is a little steep for us.”
  • Suggest a solution, “Would you be able to work with us?  We could do $1000.”
  • If they decline, mention the better competitor offer – but why you’d like to be with them.
  • If they decline, sweeten the offer.  “If you could meet us at $1000 we could….sign today, pay a (large deposit than required), etc.”

With my venue alone I negotiated:

  • A free champagne toast
  • A significantly reduced open bar rate
  • A free bartender
  • Second free night for us
  • Offer by them initially also: A free cheese platter, one free night for us, free caking cutting

Post # 13
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3476 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@memo:  Oh, and you might start with requesting $500, and be prepared for a higher counteroffer.  Let us know how it goes!

Post # 14
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463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Maybe there’s also some “give” somewhere else, and they would be more willing to reduce, say, the rental cost and the food cost by the same amount? 

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