Post # 17
The only vendor that I bargained with (and it was me, not FH) was the jeweller when we bought my e-ring. I saved 25% of the cost of the ring with one “We really like it, but it’s a little out of our price range.”
I haven’t bartered with my other vendors, but I did make sure that my contracts included EVERYTHING and I made very sure that I read them and checked them over to ensure that the contract included everything I wanted and needed. I did save on both my venue and my photographer by booking early – I saved probably $1000 on each by booking 2+ years in advance as I got this year’s price instead of the 2012 price.
Also, see if you can track down “The Bargaining Bride” by Shirit Kronzon and Andrew Ward. BEST book that I’ve bought since I got engaged – they mention a lot of ways to avoid wedding industry drama and get the best bang for your buck!
Post # 18
Yep! Photog, venue, officiant and the dress. Like noritake, I have gotten some awesome deals just for asking. I got almost $3k off of my photo package.
Post # 19
We negotiated with our photographer,florist and the venue, who also provided catering.
Photographer – I told him I’m a huge fan of his work and a follower of his blog (both true) but I that can’t afford his packages and asked what he could do for us. He was very gracious and accommodating in creating a custom package for us.
Florist- Saved state tax by paying in cash.
Venue – We picked a Monday and even though they were giving us holiday/Sunday pricing (given that it was Memorial Day), we knew it wouldn’t be a very popular day and negotiated their food& beverage down by several thousand dollars.
Catering – I had to adjust and custom tailor the menu several times, picking some of their packages, adding some a la carte items, negotiating on every single of them, asking cake cutting fee to be waived etc, until I got the total to be exactly our agreed minimum and no more.