Post # 1
I need some negotiation advice. We are planning to get married on Sept. 11 at Liberty House since it’s the only date available. We know that there won’t be too many couples wanting to get married on that date and we were wondering how we can negotiate the price down. We love the venue and it would be great if we can get married here. How much should we offer? $20 less per head?
Post # 3
Well, even though it’s 9-11, it’s still a Saturday this year. I don’t know what their typical prices are, but I’d say instead of offering a XX amount per head, tell her that you LOVE the space, but are on a budget. And there are other venues that you are considering that fall closer within your budget. They’ll most likely find ways to bring down the cost, whether it’s a site fee, free champagne toast, etc.
Post # 4
I’m getting married at LH. When I met with them, I said “I’m really interested, but I’m looking to spend no more than $xxx per person including tax and gratuity”. They met my number, although they did take a couple items off the cocktail hour.
One thing to think about getting married on 9/11 is that the light beams from the WTC site will be on at that time which you will clearly see from LH. While these are pretty, they can also be a strong reminder of what happened there and will be in any nightime pictures you take. I’m not sure if this bothers you or not, but you should be aware of it.
Post # 5
I’ve been pretty surprised how venues are willing to negotiate if the wedding falls on a Saturday that may not be desirable to all couples. Their willingness to negotitate would likely be dependent on whether or not they think they can book the venue on that date for their asking price. Doesn’t hurt to ask for 30-40/head lower and them come to a compromise in between.
I am getting married in May (which is pretty soon) and all the venues that weren’t booked for a Saturday yet (5 months) out were very willing to lower the price by 20-30%. Also for a few venues we looked at the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend and prices were 30-50 dollars off the normal Fall Saturday rate. Sat January 1st, 2011 was also significantly discounted at all venues we looked versus other Jan/Feb dates.
Best of luck!
Post # 6
Just tell them you are very interested in the venue, but you just aren’t comfortable with the price. Ask them if they can do any better. Usually, they’ll at least offer to bend the rules on what you have to include and let you choose cheaper options or give a ‘unpopular date’ discount.
When my sister was considering Halloween, most venues gave a $$/head discount for that date b/c it’s so unpopular. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
Post # 7
My friend is getting married at LH’s sister property on 9/11… I believe she got the Friday rate for a Saturday night. So they would at least do that, but hey, you can always try for more.