(Closed) Help! How to negotiate with my ceremony venue?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@LittleBruin: I would just make it clear that you don’t have a lot of money for the wedding.  Also, I think it’s a good idea to get a break-down of the charges so you have a better understanding of what you’re paying for.  Think of a reasnable amount and offer that.  Say, I’m willing to pay $1000 total to have 25 guests.  That’s a good place to start.

Post # 4
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well, you’re effectively asking for 25% more, for free.

I don’t necessarily think that’s reasonable. I think the PPs suggestion of offering a negotiated rate for more guests is fair, but I don’t think just asking to have 7 extra people for free when the package was for 15 is a reasonable request. I would not expect her to be happy about that.

Post # 5
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

really interesting situation. I think you have to be honest. It’s only fair that you are charged more for more guests.

I think you should look over what the $800 is covering, have a number in mind (I think $900-1000 is totally reasonable considering you’re increasing 50%)

Go into the conversation educated and prepared, but understand that more guests will cost the vendor more money!

Post # 7
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@LittleBruin: You can always ask but don’t expect it. I know some places that ONLY supply the venue but they do charge based on per person. The reason behind it is the idea that it costs more to in insurance and it takes into consideration the cost of cleanup for that many people.

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