(Closed) Haggling on costs with the venue – any suggestions?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Oh gosh—maybe I’m a sucker, but I would never consider haggling the reception venue cost.  It’s my impression that if you can afford it: awesome!  If not: Keep looking.  Perhaps this is more common than I think in which case I may be getting really ripped off!  I do think though, that no matter what–taking $5,000 off the number is outragous and probably not feasible. 

I do reccomend to keep looking though, it would be terrible to spend all your money on a gorgeous venue but have no wiggle room for the other things (which add up fast!)  I wish you lots of luck, I know what it’s like to have your heart set on a place!!! 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Wow.  I can’t believe your friend got $5,000 off!   Maybe you should just have her call and pretend to be you!   Sounds like she rocks!  Goodluck nicebird—be sure to stick around and let us know how everything works out

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - Anthony’s Fine Dining

I had my heart set on a Saturday too, but are you set on an evening wedding?  Daytime ended up being much cheaper for us!  We were actually able to do a sit-down lunch for a pretty reasonable price per head.  We were also successful with haggling when we broke down each item that the budget planned to cover.  Ours provides cakes, but you can bring in your own with a cake-cutting fee.  We’re having a grooms cake too so we convinced them to waive the fee on the wedding cake if we let them do the grooms cake.  Let us know how it works out!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m planning a winter wedding, so I am definitely using that to my advantage.  Luckily, since my wedding will be during the off-season, venues are more willing to negotiate with me.  I would just explain your situation and politely ask for a 10% discount.  Would you consider an early April wedding?  Most packages I’ve been looking at include the early May dates as the “off” season.  So, if you are not willing to cut down your guest list, maybe you should consider changing your date to a less popular time?  Then you will definitely find that venues are more willing to work with you.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would ask about taking out the cocktail hour and just doing dinner. My venue was trying to drum up more business and was throwing in two appetizers, premium bar and chair covers OR $7 off per head. At 200 people, that’s taking 1400 off. Maybe going without the appetizer portion would bring down the price. There is nothing wrong with asking. The least they can do is say no.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think if you can afford it don’t haggle. If you can’t, explain your budget – be honest. Be prepared to stick by your offer – if the owner doesn’t accept you may have to walk away. We found a band we wanted. They quoted $2500. We said we couldn’t do it and had been thinking $1k but were negotiable. They offered $2k. We had to decline, but the price did come down.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Just a little update:  I just heard back from my venue and they were willing to do EXACTLY what I asked.  They waived the room rental fee (it was already reduced from 3500 to 1250) and lowered the cost pp for the dinner entrees.  We were already offered about $4 off the list price, but I asked for another $3 and got it.  I just had to guarantee 185 people, which is no prob because I am inviting close to 220.  Sooo…it doesnt hurt to ask.  I just would do it in a polite way without giving any ultimadums.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Good for you! I haggled a bit. Part of what I did was find other venues in the area and ask one venue to match what another venue was offering me.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

By The Way, similar to you, I had to gurantee a minimum. See if you can get it written in terms of a dollar amount instead of people. That way if you are low on people, you can spend the money on some additional service, like an additional passed appetizer or something.

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