Post # 32
No, we didn’t. We got a great price on our venue (because of the off-season), the DJ is a grade-A professional and we don’t want to haggle on that, the photographer is a pro and also a friend who worked with us on the price, videographer was through photog friend and isn’t a bad price, we’re skipping the florist (DIY flower FTW)… uhm can’t think of any others.
The things I might try to lower in price are the photobooth and the transportation. But if the price is ok, then whatever. This wedding is a money pit, at this point haggling isn’t going to really help with that! :/
Post # 33
I didn’t really “negotiate” with my photog, but I did let her know what I was hoping to pay and what services I was hoping to receive (and what I didn’t really need) and just asked if that would work for her. Since she was already in town for another wedding (she’s from across the country) she gave me a great deal! We got about 40% off the prices she lists on her website. This worked great for us. I didn’t want to haggle, because I was afraid it would set up a negative vibe between us, so I was just honest about what I could budget and lucky enough that she accepted!
Post # 34
@Diamond84: We didn’t bargain, but what we did do when we met them was we sat down and said this is our budget, what can you do for us? We got a good deal with the Dj bc he was a personal friend of my sister. Our florist and photographer were amazing, and the price we paid, you couldn’t find anywhere else. They worked with us.
I will tell you, the company we used for photographer and videography are not very well known. They do more fashion photography, but I saw their work for weddings and it was what I was looking for. So I knew I would be happy with them. The photography/videography companies in my area are so over priced! It was $5K just for the basic 8 hr coverage with 1 photographer, thats it. No album or videography was included in that price. I paid under $5K with my company and got 2 photographers, 1 videographer, I get to keep all my raw material, I get an album, an engagement shoot was included in the package, all pictures are photoshopped and edited. It was a great deal and I loved their work
Post # 35
I completely agree with you. I’m much more likely to throw in extras for a person who appreciates the work I do, and who start of their email by saying how much they love my work and it’s exactly what they need. It doesn’t help at all when a couple email me with just one line “are your prices negotiable?” Most times I rather not waste my time explaining why they are not negotiable.
Starting out like that makes you sound like you want good photos, but don’t think they are worth paying what I charge. Even if I do happen to give discounts, I think the whole relationship with the client is awkward from that moment on.
@OP: the best thing to do is to tell them how much you can spend, and ask what they can offer you for that amount of money.
Post # 36
@MrsSkeletonKey I love this! Bees, just ask if “she would be willing to create a package in our price range”
I think that’s a really kind way of saying “we don’t at all think that your price is unreasonable, we’re not trying to get something for next to nothing, but here’s what we can afford, what can you do for that amount”
Kudos. Way to be graceful AND stay under budget.
Also, I think with many vendors, you have more bargaing power if it’s not at a date/time that they can get 5 brides to pay the going rate.
Post # 37
I tried to negotiate with the venue and videographer and offered to pay cash upfront. Neither would budge.
Post # 37
I bargained and budgeted for EVERYTHING. And I’m getting married in Houston, Texas on a Saturday. Do not be afraid To negotiate. The worst they can say is no. I think that’s why people feel its ok to up charge things for weddings, because no one ever challenges it, because they don’t want to LOOK ‘cheap’ (especially with women). I have scored MAJOR MAJOR deals, must by negotiating.