Post # 1
Is it rude to ask a photographer if they offer a winter discount or cash upfront discount? At first I thought it couldn’t hurt to ask but then after reading some posts on the ‘bee, I’m not so sure… I just don’t want to offend him/her.
Post # 3
@urbanriceball: I don’t think this is rude, unless your photographer is a friend or something.
Post # 4
I don’t think it’s rude , so long as you ask nicely.
Post # 5
I didn’t ask any vendors if they can make some kind of a seasonal discount …but I asked many of them if they can make a disocunt if I pay cash…and many of them did give me a discount…
Post # 6
I don’t think it’s rude either! There is nothing wrong with trying to get the best deal possible. Just make sure you’re tactful about it :).
Post # 7
@urbanriceball: I asked my photohrapher is she would give an off season discount. I actually spoke to a wedding planner about this and she advised me to def mention this to vendors considering my wedding is off season and prices, apparently, should be less.
Meeting with my photographer Friday to figure out exactly what she’ll give me for my price.
Post # 8
I agree with what others have stated – it’s not rude, but it depends on how you ask. I noticed that a number of venues offer off-season pricing so the same may be true for photogs that are more wedding focused. Good luck!
Post # 9
It doesn’t hurt to ask, but I’d frame it as a polite question and not an expectation (not that I think you would!)
Post # 10
@urbanriceball: You’re the client. Ask any question you want.
Post # 11
Ask away! I noticed my photographer had a discount for teachers. I’m student teaching right now, I asked if he would extend it to me. He was free to say no, and I would have booked him anyway. He was kind enough to let me have the discount though. I wouldn’t have gotten it unless I asked. It doesn’t hurt!
Post # 12
Not rude at all.. I would ask!
Post # 13
Nothing wrong with this. I’m sure vendors are used to people trying to save a little money
Post # 14
I think it’s ok as long as you’re polite and leave it open-ended! I’ve been asking all our vendors if they give non-Saturday wedding discounts (we’re getting married on a Friday.) the worst they could say is no 🙂
Post # 15
@urbanriceball: Constant negotiator here 🙂 I think things always go better if they’re put as a compliment. So you’d say something like “You are far and away the most talented photographer that we’ve come across, we’d love to use you. The only thing holding us back is the price, is there an wiggle room if we pay upfront/pay in cash/book offseason?” If they say no but you still want to use them you can always respond that you’ll look at your budget again and see if you can make it work. Good luck!
Post # 16
Negotiating 101: Ask for more than you even hope to get.
So no, it’s fine to ask. You might not get it, but you might be able to negotiate for something else.
The biggest key in this situation is to make sure they feel like they still “won” the negotiation. So you can’t get obnoxious by nickle and diming them to the poor house.