(Closed) How do I ask “how low will you go?”

posted 9 years ago in Music
Post # 3
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I don’t have any input here but I gotta say not what I was expecting when I read the subject line, lol.

Post # 4
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

That price is not bad, but I don’t know if you can get far by asking a DJ to name their bottom price. I think instead I’d just figure out how much I’m actually *willing* to spend, and offer 10% less first. Just like, “We can’t afford a lot; we were hoping to stay in $X range” and see what happens.

Post # 5
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Ditto MissDoodles: if you think his rates are already fair, can you see if he can throw in something special for you guys (lights, smoke machine for first dance, something like that for the same price?)

Post # 6
626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i have to ask— do you know what he *normally* charges for his services? One main thing is you want to make sure you offer him a fair rate without being offensive.

Post # 7
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

I’d just be honest. I’d figure how much you could spend, and if it’s more than 5-10% less, tell him things are very tight for you financially, and that you forgot to budget properly for a DJ (try to word this better so he doesn’t feel like an afterthought!); is there anything in [x] range that he could offer?

Acknowledge that his rates are already reasonable, but that he came highly recommended from your caterer and photographer, and that you wanted to at least talk to him to see if there’s any flexibility in his services.

Figure out, too, what you’d be willing to give up. Could you give up an hour on the early or late side, and just give a pre-made CD with dinner or dance music to your reception site and have them play it? Is there anything that you could barter (e.g., if you’re a tax attorney, offer to do his taxes; if you landscape, offer to do his lawn, etc.)?

Good luck!

Post # 8
350 posts
Helper bee

I would say, what can you offer us for $X (whatever your budget is) and then see what he says.

Post # 11
1580 posts
Bumble bee

I think the easiest way to bargain is to meet with multiple DJs and get quotes from each. Then you can go to your favorite DJ with some ammo and say, “Well DJ X will provide us with the same services for $A, but we’d really like to go with you, so do you think we can work out a price closer to that number?” If they know they are in direct competition and might miss out on the sale, they are more likely to drop their prices. This method pretty much goes for any wedding vendor, and has worked for me!

Post # 12
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@missdoodles: Glad to see I’m not the only one with my mind in the gutter this morning! HA

And I agree with telling him “I have x to work with – what can you do for me?” in so many words…

Post # 14
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Hooray MissHelen! I’m glad that everything went so well. And one more thing to check off the to-do list 🙂

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