Post # 1
I posted this in a reply to a previous thread awhile back but was PMing with a couple other bees and thought it was a worthwhile read and deserves its own post.
Trying to negotiate with vendors from a vendor’s point of view: “Let me clarify, you can always get something for cheaper…”
Sometimes you can’t always get a champagne wedding on your beer budget…Would you agree?
Post # 3
Yep. A lot of times you get what you pay for. Also, it’s polite to respect that vendors have expenses, and families to support, and need to be paid fairly for their work.
Post # 4
I agree 100%. I have worked the vendor end and I am now a bride. Vendors work very hard to provide their client what they want. I think most people would be very surprised to know how small the profit margin is when making a qoute. Especially when a vendor provides a perishable product (flowers, cake, catering). I have a small chocolate business, and my truffles are all made by hand. I design wonderful displays that are custom-made for each event. After figuring my ingredients, utility costs, time, cleaning supplies and everything else…my profit is usually no more than 20%. For a $200 display that’s $40 profit, which goes right back into the business. I love what I do, and I work how ever I can to accomodate a bride on a tight budget. It may be as simple as making a bulk order of truffles and letting the bride put them in a cute diplay of small baskets placed on boxes, instead of one of my custom displays. That can cut her cost by more than 1/3.
I do not ask flat out for money off from vendors. I ask how we can work together to reduce the cost. My fiance is doing computer work for our venue. I am doing a menu redesign for another vendor. I will not use exotic, out-of-season flowers, but seasonal flowers in the same color family.