(Closed) In your experience, what is the best way to negotiate with vendors?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 2
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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Zelda1:  These are some great tips!

When I was looking at a partially-inclusive venue (ceremony/reception spaces, food, bar, decor), I realized we couldn’t quite afford the prices they sent me, but we really liked them, so I emailed them back and gave them a slightly lower number and asked if there was any way we could hit that… and they sent me back a different pricing packet that got us in under budget!  The food was a little different, but other than that, it was a deal.  I don’t think we’re going with them for unrelated reasons, but it was still nice!

When we were planning a large wedding, we were also set on a Sunday because venues around here were significantly cheaper (like $1200 instead of $2000!).  It will be too difficult to get married in the “off season” for us, but that’s cheaper too!

I also have had one photographer so far offer me a discount (10%) because our wedding is so small (30 people total, including us, family, and bridal party).

I haven’t tried offering cash yet… but that’s a good idea!  We’re also paying for this out of money we’re saving or will have saved, and if cash instead of debit card can save me money, I will totally do it.  How did you approach asking?  How did you word it?  I don’t know if it sounds cheap to be like, “Can I have a discount if…”?

Post # 4
34 posts
  • Wedding: November 2014

I would just be honest with them. Tell them to work with you and your budget.

Post # 5
47 posts
  • Wedding: Kauai

I went with a venue that enabled me to cut out the wedding coordinator and decorator entirely. We paid the florist for their time, but the event manager set the tables with the gifts/place cards/napkins/candles that we provided. They may have a fee associated with this, but it is probably cheaper than a design company. The florist also had a fee to come back and get everything they owned after the reception…but we told them we could return their stuff within 48 hours and that saved us some money!

So, I guess my idea is to see if any vendors can be done without or if there are any parts of the contract your wedding party can help with.

Oh, and if you only need the venue from 3-whenever instead of all day, you may get a break. Same if you shut down at 11 instead of 12-we had a set rate til 10 then hourly after…

Post # 6
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Piedmont Community Church

Ditto on being honest. I got about 20% off catering because I said that my Mother-In-Law was cost focused even though his menu sounded better and asked what adjustments we could make to the menu to get within striking distance of the far less expensive caterer. That helped me keep him in the selection set for tasting and he blew the cheap guy out of the water…then my Mother-In-Law added the hors d’oeuvres he’d cut back into the mix, but I still saved some.

Also – just asking for more at the same price. We’re having a tea ceremony and banquet on a separate day and I got our coordinator and photographer to give me the additional hours within their standard rate. It ends up being about 25% savings. 

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