Post # 1
Everyone always tells me that wedding costs are negotiable and that you don’t have to just agree to all the suggested prices. What is the etiquette and what is your experience with negotiations?
Has anyone negotiated the per plate price for the caterer?
For us, the venue is also the caterer. They require a rental fee of $25 per person on top of their prices per plate. I’ve seen some brides talk about price negotiations that they made by agreeing to serve the same food as another wedding the same weekend. We could possibly request that since our wedding is a Friday and there is a Saturday wedding as well.
Please let me know your experience and opinion with this. I understand they are a business as well, but I’d like to be as economical as possible.
Please no comments that are insulting, accusatory or completely unhelpful.
Post # 3
@DC_ChicagoBride: as you have already signed the contract, I doubt they will be willing to negotiate the prices at this point.
Post # 4
I also read your other thread. Since they raised the prices I would ask them about it. If they can’t give you last year’s prices I would try to compromise with something. I know I talked to my venue on this – I gave up the dessert course (we just served wedding cake) for an extra hour of open bar.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2015 - Millcroft Inn & Spa
From our experience, we did the negotiations before we signed the contract. We booked our venue 23 months out from our date so there was nothing in it about the menu but we made sure that there were areas where we could make changes and had choices regarding the price. We got lucky in that the venue will allow us to add or remove menu items and the price will change accordingly.
Also, our venue is the caterer and I found that this actually made it easier to negotiate.