Post # 1
I know that it’s my belief and T’s that it is. Have you had successful negotiation with regards to venue, catering, and decor? I know this last weekend T did another slam-bang amazing job with it b/c we had to at last minute due to the weather change where my son’s birthday party was (they were going tubing down the river).
Our backup idea was to take all the little guys (11 or 12) to see GI Joe and then go for pizza afterward so he called up the manager and said we’re having a party at the last minute, are there any deals he could give us? Mind you that wasn’t expensive, but we got my son’s ticket free and popcorn and drink together for a buch each per child!
I am of the mindset it’s not bad to ask. Worst you could get is a no. And I understand these are professionals we deal with, but asking for a price bottom line or discount I don’t find disrespectful.
Your thoughts on this? That amazing thread about the dress discount got my little wheels in my brain turning!
Post # 3
Everything is negotiable! Husband and I have literally saved thousands this way. We negotiate every big purchase we make – vacations, furniture, wedding, etc.
Post # 4
I agree–it’s definitely negotiable. I feel like the wedding planning industry is one area that doesn’t seem to have had to change their prices much in light in of the economy. Sure, people are having smaller weddings, but I still feel like prices in some areas of the industry are super high and haven’t been slashed as much in other industries. That’s why I am more willing to haggle, I think–I am more comfortable with it now than if the economy was better, if that makes sense. I think on the whole a lot of vendors are aware of this and are much more willing to negotiate with brides and grooms. My experience with wedding industry vendors has been awesome–if the prices can’t come down much, all of them are at least willing to make concessions on some things to make it worth our while.
Post # 5
I totally agree. I negotiated our band down from $5k to $3k just by asking nicely. In this economy, everyone is more willing to cut you a deal.
Post # 6
Things are negotiable, especially if you’re nice and somewhat flexible. It doesn’t hurt to ask and just say here’s what we are comfortable doing. Don’t be unreasonable about price but sometimes people will surprise you and come down a good bit. Otherwise you just have to decide if the money they’re asking is worth it. Just be polite and it shouldn’t hurt anything to ask.
Post # 7
Absolutely. A huge number of vendors charge at least double if not not more for weddings than regular events even if everything involved for both is the exact same for each. Some vendors may not budge if you tell them you don’t want or need the wedding “extras” but it never hurts to ask. If they don’t want to work with you, look elsewhere because they aren’t the only ones offering that service or product. In the current economy, vendors are generally desperate for work so most will be more accommodating but there are some who think they’re the absolute cream of the crop and won’t budge on their prices for anything, so you have to decide if what is more important to you.
Post # 8
Fair negotiations ( like 10% off or so ) can often be done for NON-SATURDAY dates. Wedding Vendors live of Saturdays.
So ….. ask for a small discount for non-saturdays, last minute open Saturdays ( less than 60 days away ) …… but not for high season Saturdays.
Amanda Bowers Photography
Post # 9
A discount is also easier to get for a large package ( I’m speaking from a photographers standpoint, but I think other wedding pros are probably the same ). Since I give up a day to take a wedding ( commit to only that wedding ) , I can’t usually offer discounts for lower end packages, but I don’t mind offering discounts for high end packages.
Amanda Bowers Photography
Another tool to use is that if you see a peticular package that you want ….. copy and paste that exact package and include these things in your FIRST email or phone call:
1. wedding date + wedding location ( VERY IMPORTANT ! )
2. the exact package you want
3. a request that if you buy it soon ( within a few days ) , could they offer you an extra hour or any other extra perks ?
Post # 10
everything is negotiable
I found a DJ for $650 negotiated down to 600
I found a videographer at $700–first it was $250, they raised it to 750 I brought it back down to 700
I found shuttle at $200 and negotiated down to $175
I found a professional photographer/friendor who’s charging only $1000 –saved $2000
My venue chopped off $50 from $250 down to $200 per head per head by my hard-nosed negotiating and taking out coktail hour, I had honeymoons suite thrown in, the cake, open bar limited to champange toast, wine, beer, soda; I chopped off about $3100
my wedding shoes were on sale at $17.00 I got them to take some off because of a few minor scuffs it went down to $13.00
found a free violinist
found a free singer/friendor
found a free hair stylist
negotiated updo for my bridal party at $80 and make up only $30 on the upper east side in NYC which is considered cheap by NYC standards; “neighborhood discount” there’ no such thing but I put the term on wikipedia
Post # 11
Everything is negotiable. You have to go in with a good attitude and be prepared for them to say no. You won’t know anything until you ask.
Post # 12
Absolutely. Especially if you have a number in mind you’d like to stay in, you can definitely ask the vendor if they can work within your budget, all they can say no or it can be something like reducing services in their package to meet your budget or suggesting an off day. My motto is it never hurts to ask, especially if you have favorite vendor.
Post # 13
This response is for ilovenycmissie:
Would love to know who you’re using as a photographer! Also, the violinist and the free hair stylist.