(Closed) Bartering with vendors..

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

There is no harm in letting a vendor know that you are interested in them for your wedding and then asking them if there are any discounts or special offers that they can give you to make it worth your while.

Post # 4
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d check out what is involved in the package they’re offering for the price they’re asking. If there are things you don’t want/need (for example, I don’t care about a champagne toast for 300 people or champagne and strawberries in my room at 1am), ask what can be pared out of the package and what that would reduce the price by. 

Another idea is to compare different packages from different vendors. If someone gives you more for the same price but you love the 2nd companies work/food/etc better, see if they’ll bump the package a little without increasing the price. 

Above all, be reasonable, have your research/comparisons done so that you’re knowledgeable and informed, but be very respectful of the vendor and understand that they are doing this for a living as well. A respectful give and take and a reasonable request will get you much further with a vendor and they won’t be offended that you’re just trying to ‘make a deal.’ Best of luck!!

Post # 6
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I recently did a ton of negotiations with wedding venues and almost every one of them were willing to give a discount/ throw in extras just by asking. We always started with how much we like the venue and then either told them what other venues offered us or flat out asked if what they could do to fit in out budget. As long as you are not trying to get anything unreasonable im sure they will try to accomodate you. Its better to give you 10% off than to not get your business at all.

Post # 7
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I negotiated everything.  It never hurts to ask and only one vendor got a little hurt because she felt her prices were extremely good, which they were.  I do tons of research then I go back and let them know I love their work, venue, ect but they are outside of my budget.  Most vendors worked with me and it was awesome.  Then again I am on really tight budget so if they hadnt I couldnt use them.

Post # 8
2947 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I spent some time negotiating with our caterer. We combined courses to duos, and simplified the cocktail hour by not doing stations. We’re also handling desserts from another bakery and saving $$$ that way.

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