Would you negotiate?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
2894 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

MissPoutine: Flash mob wedding. I don’t believe in paying more $$ without more value. If wedding means that they don’t double book the space, then I’d be willing to pay a premium for it. 

If it there’s no exclusivity, no staffing, no additional coordination, there’s no reason to pay more, IMO.

Post # 3
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle

I agree with PP. Don’t pay more for nothing. I’d call it a family gathering and not feel bad about it at all. 

Post # 4
7284 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I am going to go against the grain and say you should be honest and pay the rate they are suggesting. Most business’ charge more for weddings than other parties. Why would you think it is right to rip off a Government run local park but not another venue? 

I mean the rate is obscenly low any way you spin it. 4hrs at any other venue would probably cost you $100 per hour.

The income that is generated by these kinds of things help improve the facilties of the municipality which are used for free (library, parks etc) by the public. Why shouldn’t they capitalise on it like every other business in the wedding business? I mean a wedding cake usually costs more than a non-wedding cake even if you order something comparable.

The fact of the matter is if you disagree with their fee schedule you are free to go elsewhere. If you want to get married there then pay the fee (and you can try to negotiate but I very much doubt that they will budge since fees are normally set at a council/municipal meeting and part of the fixed budget).

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  j_jaye.
Post # 7
7284 posts
Busy Beekeeper

MissPoutine:  Don’t worry I agree that the wedding tax sucks but I guess I don’t see why a government entity shouldn’t cash in as well especially since it is going to help the community rather than line someones pocket. As I said at the end of the day they are probably way cheaper than a private business venue so you are already winning.

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