Post # 1
..I’m requesting quotes from a bunch of differently rental companies. In my email I mentioned that the first quote I got seemed high, so I was looking around. One company is requesting the quote so that they can give me an “apples to apples” quote on costs.
Is it okay to just send them the pdf file the other company sent me? Something about it felt weird, but I’m not very good at negotiating.
Post # 3
I definitely would. Some companies charge labor seperately, some include it. Some charge a “set up” fee, while others include it in the rental price.
Post # 4
Personally, I belive that leaving the unknown in the air is part of your super human bargining powers.
I am one of the most frugal people you will ever meet (ask the bride-to-be). I have saved countless thousands of dollars just by pitting different vendors against each other.
For example our linens needed to be rented. Went to four different rental companies and got quotes from all four. Exact same number of linens, same color, same quality linen. Took the lowest price I recieved and subtracted about 10% from it. In this case the lowest linen total was just over $1000 dollars. So I wrote back/called back the other three linen companies and told them something along the lines of this:
“Unfortunatly, I was able to find another company in the same area that was able to offer me the exact same quality and quantity of the linens for $925. Due to our tight budget, saving $75 dollars here and there is quite necessary and unless you are able to beat this quote, we will not be needing your services.”
Some companies will say “Well then we hope you have a great wedding day, congratulations on your marriage.” Which is why you never negotiate with the lowest bid. You always need that Ace up your sleeve. Other companies will say “If we could offer to do it for $900 dollars flat, no delivery fees just applicable taxes would you be willing to use our services?”
I had a company say to me when I told them that my budget was tight “If you promise to write 2 great reviews on these two seperate websites, we will waive all these silly fees” (which totaled up to be almost 30% of the enitre bill!!)
Is it 100% truthful?… no.
Is it wrong?…. some may think so.
Are the vendors still making boatloads of money off of your wedding day?… yes.
Will you be happy with the results?…. Absol-freaking-lutely and with all that cash saved in your pocket.
It has worked for me countless other things, not just wedding related. In total I bet I have saved over $2000 with the wedding vendors so far.
Post # 5
I personally wouldn’t, because if you are in possession of the quotes, you have the power in the negotiating process.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t. They will just slightly undercut the other companies prices. You can tell them you want the exact same things as the first companies quote and see what they come back with and the YOU can do the comparison. If it’s higher, tell them and give them a chance to come back with something different.
Post # 7
Yea if I were you I’d send them the pdf but white/black out over the prices. They don’t need their prices to give you a quote. And you’ll probably get a better deal without giving them the prices.