Post # 1
I’m getting ready to negotiate with some of the venues that I’m interested in using for the wedding. My hope is to get the venue down to 50% of their price (a stretch, I know, but I can hope and pray, right?).
How possible do you think that is? How much of a discount have you been able to negotiate down with a vendor?
Post # 3
50% is a huge discount… We aren’t having a traditional wedding, so we don’t have to do a lot of negotiating. However, I kind of wonder how you are planning to negotiate such large discount. It will be interesting to see. Keep us posted.
Post # 4
I’m getting no discount. In fact, I’m getting married at a venue that one of the Bees here used in 2007, and I’m paying 25% more than she did to be married there in two weeks.
When it comes to weddings, a lot of desirable venues are (unfortunately) aware that people will pay just about whatever they charge to have the venue of their dreams. And in a lot of cases, they’re right!
Post # 5
Good luck! I negotiated with our DJ and got a really good deal. The hard thing about negotiating is that they have something you want, and you need to have something to give. You can’t just say, the economy is bad, I shouldn’t have to pay this much, you have to show them it’s a benefit to them to give it to you at a lower price. Having your wedding not on a Saturday, or in the non-wedding season, can help you negotiate a better rate, since the venue will likely go unbooked otherwise. However, most venues know, even with the economy, people are still going to want to get married on Saturdays.
With the DJ, I went to a bridal show and got a coupon for a competitor and they told me they would match it. It’s really hard for a venue though, because every venue will tell you how unique it is and that you’re comparing apples to oranges when you’re looking at a cheaper venue. I couldn’t get our venue down at all. But, keep telling yourself, it never hurts to ask! And if you can’t get them lower on the venue price, maybe they can throw in some extras!
Post # 6
The venue we have will book either way, so in that sense they have the upper hand. Same with the caterer (who is the exclusive caterer for the venue).
My photographer was just featured in the NYT as the featured wedding a few weeks ago, so I’m sure her price will go up – glad we got her when we did (not that she is cheap, but, I’m sure cheaper than she will be next summer!!)
Post # 7
It depends on the venue I think. We were the first real wedding at our venue (there had been ones done for friends but not rented out like we did) and I got the price down 50%. I think in our case, we happened to really love the venue and see the potential in it, and I think they were willing to bargain to have sort of a “test case” for the weddings there in the future.
Post # 8
I haven’t gotten any discounts because of the economy. My venue had zero concerns about booking a wedding on the day I picked so i had no leverage.
Post # 9
Oh man……this gets me down a little because the rate is the highest in the area, while other venues nearby that are similar are 25 – 40% lower than what they’re rate is. I was hoping to negotiate the fact that similar venues nearby are offering less and if they could match.
I’ll definitely keep ya’ll posted, I’m hoping to go talk to them next week.
Does anyone else have any stories/ideas?
Post # 10
It certainly doesn’t hurt to ask them, especially if there are very similar venues nearby. If they have something that the nearby venues don’t have (like, something much nicer), they might be less willing to negotiate, but worst case – they say no, and you decide what to do next 🙂
Post # 11
None! I asked and was basically shot down. Most of my vendors were booked over 2 years out so since they have the business they didn’t really care to offer any discounts.
Post # 12
Yeah – I got zero discounts due to the economy. These vendors know pretty comfortably that they WILL get booked at their standard rate if you don’t book so they have no incentive to give you a discount.
And as someone else mentioned – venues will simply tell you that you are comparing apples to oranges if you talk to them about the costs of other venues in the area. And really – they are right! If they were truely so similar, you wouldn’t even be considering this venue and would just go ahead and book the cheaper one. Obviously there is something about this venue that stands out to you from the others and there is a price to that.
Post # 13
I got zero discounts due to the economy. i too think that 50% is a stretch – I doubt you’ll be able to get them to go lower than the other venues you mentioned, as they clearly think their venue is worth a lot more to begin with. But, you may have luck being able to get them to knock down to somewhere between their prices and the competitors. Just don’t be surprised if they refuse to beat the price….good luck!
Post # 14
I’m getting married the weekend after Thanksgiving, which is an extremely unpopular time or year and weekend in my area to get married. My venue was already offering a a discount of $15 dollars off a plate with chair covers thrown in. When I asked about room minimums they lowered the minimum for the larger room by 100 people for a Saturday for us. So, I received about a 25% discount, plus free chair covers (normally $5.50 each) and reduced minimums. In my opinion, an awesome deal! And, it was my favorite place!
We also received a great room rate at the hotel we blocked rooms at.
Post # 15
I also couldn’t get a discount on my venue. They wouldn’t even negotiate changing the guest number minimum to a dollar amount minimum. Same thing as others though, they know they could easily book another wedding on my date if I didn’t book them! Oh well, hope you have better luck!
Post # 16
We were already getting a discount from our venue (a winery) because my FH works for a company owned by the same people that own our venue.
But, I did have FH go talk to them to see if we could get an ever bigger discount because of our budget, and having to pay for ourselves….and they gave it to us FREE.
I was in shock.
They said to consider it our wedding gift from the owners. Totally different situation from yours, but you’ll never know what they’ll say! Give it a shot.