(Closed) Wedding quote just came in way over the budget we specified, can we negotiate?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2385 posts
Buzzing bee

Absolutely negotiate.

Post # 4
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

YES- Negotiate!  Can you do a buffet instead of plated dinner?  Can you have less pricey food (i.e. chicken instead of steak).  Also, you’re getting married in September, can you negotiate that it’s not the wedding high season of summer?  If you can give us some more details, maybe we can help you!

Also, I would bring it up that she said she could keep it under 10 k.  Do you have it in writing (even an e-mail?)

Post # 5
1292 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would say “you stated that 10000 was manageable and that’s really my firm budget. Can we bring it closer to that number?” 


She probably thought you would go over your budget since you loved the place (like many brides do)  and since it wasn’t tooooo much over.


Ask her to waive the ceremony fee – my hotel did. Similar pricing to yours. (10k food/bev)

Post # 7
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Ulibaddog:  The rental/set-up fees are always negotiable, and can usually be waived.  The F&B is probably a $10k minimum, so you’re usually not got to get any wiggle room on that.  I would think you could at least get the ceremony space fee waived, if not the set-up, and then taxes/resort fees are going to be what they are going to be regardless. 

Post # 8
568 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

YES! Tell them your budget and ask if they can work around that

Post # 9
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Sadly, most people don’t think about taxes/fees, so she probably figured you meant $10K without them, not with them.  The good news is that if you cut off a large chunk of the $2.5K, the taxes will go down a little as well.

Post # 10
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Ulibaddog:  definitely have a chat with her!

You TOLD her… yet she came back with a number beyond it… NOT FUNNY!

Be nice about it because of course you want her to work & be creative with the numbers & etc for you but I wouldn’t stand to go over budget that much because you told her & she was confident she could deliver… and hasn’t.

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