Post # 1
Bees, Fi and I are checking out our first venue tomorrow. It is the Loews hotel and the starting price they quoted us is 165 pp. We were wondering if this price can be negotiate considering its being the Loews or not bother at all? Because they are a four star hotel and do not care to negotiate? We wanted to keep the cost at $140 for about 150-200 pp. Any advice or tips? Thanks!
Post # 3
Just see if there is anything they can do to cut prices. For my venue I asked if they had a military discount and they did. I got 5% off my total bill and whlie it isn’t much, it basically takes care most of the taxes associated with the bill. My state tax is 6.35%.
Granted, my venue is a banquet hall house and not a four star hotel but let them know them budget you are working with and see what can be done. Your wedding is on a Friday, which is considered “off peak” for wedding days. So I don’t see it being a huge demand as to why they won’t negotiate unless they expect people or corporations to book them.
Post # 4
A venue is a business, and as such they are often open to negotiation. However, be prepared that if it is a venue that has no problem booking people, they probably will not budge on the price. Just let them know what your budget is. It’s not an outrageous difference, and they’re in business to make money.
Good luck hon, and come back with pics! 😉
Post # 5
there’s no harm in asking if they will work within your budget.
if the price is set, you can also negociate that the taxes / gratuities be included in that price.
i am not sure if this venue includes everything in their pricing but if the price is firm, perhaps you can have them include items that you would normally have to pay extra for; cake, centrepieces, decor, lighting, linens, dj, flowers, etc.
Post # 6
I would let them know your budget and see if there is anything extra that you can cut out to get to your price. We were also able to get a discount, because we paid for the reception in cash. My wedding wasn’t at a hotel though.
Post # 7
All things can be negotiated, you just have to ask. If they say no, then either pony up the cash or walk away. I do hope it went in your favor though… I too love a good bargain 🙂