(Closed) Brides I need to hear stories on how you got your discounts with your vendors .

posted 4 years ago in Money
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I’ve just started and only have my dress and the venue. For the dress I went to a trunk show which already had a 15% discount. They ended up giving an extra 5% without me asking because I was apprehensive of buying since I hadn’t planned to buy that day and my Mother-In-Law was not there (I knew she wanted to be there) I think they thought I was trying to bargain when I really wasn’t. Oh well, I took the discount! 

With our venue we were able to negotiate because we are technically an off season wedding (April 29th) so we just asked what their min spend was for that time of year. I don’t know if we would have negotiated if our wedding was in season. I did negotiate the cake cutting fee out of the contract, had them hold this years pricing, and they cut the ceremony in half because we are using the same room and chairs as our reception (seemed silly we are being charged for chairs that are already there). 

Working on finding our other vendors. Discounts have been pretty steep at bridal show’s. 

Good luck! 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Asking if we can cut X to meet our budget of £Y. Generally vendors have included X and cut the price.

Or get someone good at haggling to help, my dad got £750 off our band! God knows how.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

we got discounts on two vendors: videography and photography (tried to negotiate with venue – which also does all the food and beverage – but their prices were non-negotiable). both the photographer and videographer were vendors that my sister used for her wedding a few months ago, so they gave us a friends/repeat business discount…it helps that the vendors already knew our family from the previous wedding, and knew what it was like to work with us. i’d say if you can get a recommendation from a friend that worked with them (particularly recently), and then let that vendor know that the friend referred you to them, that it might help to get a discount as the vendor is often appreciative of the rec.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by  ilovesophia.
Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Definitely negotiate!  But you have to know when it’s a good opportunity.

We were able to negotiate with our caterer because we chose a venue with an option of 6 different approved vendors.  We got quotes from all of them, one was dramatically lower than the others.  So when one of the others called to follow up, I explained that we got the quote for X dollars, and we would really only be interested if they could match it.  Now, we really weren’t going to go with that place anyway – we were pretty sold on the one who originally quoted us the super low price.  So we didn’t have a lot to lose.  Shockingly, they said they’d meet the price!  And after tasting both, they were the clear winner.

However, before we chose that venue and caterer, we were considering another venue with only one catering option.  They were super expensive (like double what we’re paying now), and I asked them if there was anything they could do to lower the price.  They did knock a couple thousand off, but still way too high.  

We also got a discount on our photographer.  We met with them and just clicked.  Talked for like 2.5 hours on non-wedding related stuff.  And we told them they were a little outside of our budget and would have to really think about it.  We originally met them at a bridal fair, so they knew we were also talking to other photographers.  They contacted us and knocked like $250 off the price so they could be more in our budget.  We didn’t even have to ask!  But that sealed the deal!

A lot of vendors offer bridal fair discounts (that they don’t necessarily promote up front), so we asked about those too. 

We didn’t really try to negotiate with anyone else, but the opportunity didn’t really arise.  Just be up front about your budget and that you love their style/food/etc., and they often want to help out people who they really connect with.  

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We saved $500 With our photographer by offering to pay in cash. I wish I had pulled this with my other vendors.

We saved 10% off the top with the venue and catering by getting married in a Sunday.

My SIL works in marketing and made a trade with our limo company and we got the limo free! (still have to tip).

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m not much of a negotiator. I got discounts automatically for having a Friday wedding. I really didn’t have much negotiating room though. Fridays are an extremely popular time for weddings for us in this state, so had i tried to negotiate the vendor would have just waited for someone willing to pay thier price. My sister got married off-season and was able to negotiate a bunch. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

Attempted to negotiate with our venue (by offering to pay all cash), but they wouldn’t budge.  We’re hoping to neogtiate with our other vendors though!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Rather than asking for a discount, I found the tactic of “we have $x in our budget, what can you give us for that price?” worked well. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I would love to hear people experiences- specifically with Hotels…. I am looking to upgrade my suite or get a shuttle and not only am I not getting any deals- they are acting like I will be lucky to even pay for those services….

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

With hotel blocks, it depends on where you are. If your hotel is part of a resort, or it’s in a high-demand tourist area or season, you may get that attitude from the hotel. We are working with hotel chains, which have a fairly concrete policy from which they do not deviate. If we book at least 25 nights as part of our three-day wedding block, then we get an upgraded suite and a bridal room included. If we have fewer than those 25 rooms, then we have to pay. 

FH does a lot of bids and negotiations in his professional life, so he was more than happy to negotiate with vendors. I think he may have offended the caterer by being a little aggressive, but what can we do about that now? 

  • We are marrying on Sunday for religious reasons, but we got a 20% discount on our venue rental.
  • We are paying for our photobooth and photographer in cash, so I think we got like, $100 taken off of each one. 
  • I have a family member who’s an incredible seamstress, so she is going to do the alterations on my dress. I got 10% taken off by not going through the boutique’s operations.

We didn’t save a TON of money (maybe about $1,500 total), and we simply applied that “savings” to other parts of the wedding, like the cocktail party and ice luge, but we learned that it didn’t hurt to ask.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

We saved with my bridal gown, veil and headpiece because we bought bridal party gowns, mothers gowns and grandmothers gowns all in the same shop.

We saved with our florist because she did all our decor for the ceremony and the reception, she did all the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces.

We saved money with our venue we used their catering and we upgraded the bar at no extra charge because we have over 500 guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Paying cash has saved us a lot of money for photographer, videographer, decor, cake, and invites.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I didn’t tell my vendors what kind of event we were having. I just referred to the event as a “party” and was able to save money on the flowers, food etc. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

My fiancé and I both work for the police department and I asked my vendors if they offered a law enforcement discount. My photographer, venue, and honeymoon resort offered us decent percentage off and I figured every little bit helps! They certainly didn’t advertise it but it never hurts to ask! 🙂

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