(Closed) Getting married in winter is less expensive. Not.

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@NauticalDisaster:  The only vendors that I know of that offer the off-season pricing have been the venue and the limo company.  Everyone else, you’re pretty much paying for the product (a chair cover is a chair cover in january or june).  I often kick myself thinking how nice a winter wedding would have looked!

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I feel the same way! I have not found one vendor who will offer a discount. The only upside I have found is that none of the vendors have our date reserved! We’ve pretty much had our pick of everything, which is great because I am sure it would be frustrating to fall in love with something and then find out they can’t do your date. 

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@NauticalDisaster:  I completely relate, I always wanted a winter wedding and the perk was that it was cheaper.. what a joke.  But I do have the advantage of having the undivided attention of all of my vendors since they dont have a trillion weddings that month. 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@NauticalDisaster:  we are getting married next November- there is a slight discount during this off-season for our venue, but they raised their prices for next year so our off season wedding next year costs the same as a peak season wedding this year. No other vendors have any off season discounts so far. 🙁  Hopefully I can do a lot myself!!

Post # 23
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Blushing bee

@NauticalDisaster:  I know what you mean, everything I read made it sounds as though an off-season or week day wedding would be more budget friendly, but I think it must be the differece between the US and Canada. I’m in Ontario and the only discounts we are getting is a bit off our venue for the rental fee (dinner is the same year round) and a discount from our DJ because he is an acquintance of my dads… 

Best of luck finding other ways to save money! It looks like the simple DIY route for us… 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Our venue offered a low season discount. Where I live, “low” season is December – February and June – August, with September – November and March – May as high seasons.  We got lucky that our venue extends low season to the end of March, so we are getting 20% off ceremony location & chair hire, room hire for the reception, accommodation, free usage of the bridal preparation room day of, all food, decorations etc. come to think of it, the only thing we are paying full price for at our venue is the drinks. 

We also saved 10% on our cake, $500 on our photographer, and because we are using our venue’s preferred suppliers for hair and makeup, and flowers we are getting 10% off that too. I think we will have saved around $5000 by going with “low” season.

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@NauticalDisaster:  I’ve found that while I haven’t received a winter discount by any means, people have been more lenient. For example, my venue usually doesn’t allow room blocks to be reserved up to a certain date, but because we’re getting married on a slow weekend, they extended that date for us. We’ve had several perks like that.

But I agree it is annoying. You read everywhere that having an off season wedding will save hundreds, and it’s very much false.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I know it won’t HELP at all — but down here I couldn’t book a florist because this is WEDDING SEASON (when is it not?) but the majority of my vendors were booked early and I am so glad because they have had multi offers for our wedding date. I haven’t saved a [email protected] dolla. As a matter of fact, one florist told me my “simple” church arrrangements were the most expensive flower to want — hydrangeas — cause she can. 

I jus couldnt imagine getting married in 100 degree with 100 % humidity and the only thing I wanted if we were not going away was a cooler weather wedding — the high next saturday (so far) is 68! 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@NauticalDisaster:  haha so true so true it is jsut like that when your illusions are shattered and its real and the price tag never was lower as promised … i think it does depend when though a little like i was told one venues … it was less sept-nov (in canada so a different thanks giving) then feb-april i don’t know how true that is … the location i was is 8-9 sun-wed and 11-15 thru fri and sat

Post # 28
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I believe like everything else in the “Consumer World” it comes down to supply & demand

So because we have a smaller population spread out over a larger expanse of country… things cost more here to begin with

And where the USA has over 300 Million Residents, we have about 1/10th of that… 35 Million

Add in our crazy weather (that truly does factor into everything, IMO)

And as far as the “Wedding Industry” goes, not as many people getting married to begin with… lol, never mind the Quebec trend to not bother getting married at all.

Add in Labour Costs & Taxes…

And the guy or gal who is a Wedding Photographer is going to charge the same prices Summer or Winter, cause there is only so much work to go around… 

My rule of thumb when looking at things in general is…

If something cost $ 100 in the USA, it is probably going to cost at a MINIMUM $ 110 to $ 125 here, but more often than not it could be $ 150 or more.

It sucks… but it is what it is.

 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our venue would have cost us about $1000 less if we didn’t do a summer Saturday.   The venue we had almost went (and a few others in our area) with also had high and low season pricing.  I didn’t see that any photographers had different pricing, and not sure of other vendors like floral, etc.

That is so frustrating to plan it in the winter and then not get any price break!

My cousin and his wife got married last March.  He’s big into negotiation and getting deals.  He basically contacted a bunch of resorts in the area he was looking at and asked them when their least-busy season was and when they had the least amount of events/weddings. He then was able to negotiate with them until he found one that would give him a big discount to have their wedding there during their least busy time.  He basically picked the place that would negotiate and do the best deal, and picked his date based on when they would deal for it.  It worked out for him – the place was very nice, although not something I would have picked myself.  They saved a ton of money!

Post # 30
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Our wedding was discounted by 10%-20% for having it on a friday (spring season), maybe it’s a regional thing?

Post # 31
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

There was a little discount with me having my wedding on a friday instead on a saturday. (very little discount). However, there wasn’t a difference between spring and winter seasons only week days vs weekends.

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