(Closed) My first vendor visit

posted 11 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I wouldn’t be overly enthusiastic about the place even if you love it because you never know if it will end up being your top choice in the end.  Plus, if you seem too enthusiastic they may think you’re willing to pay more if you love the place so much.  It puts you at a disadvantage for negotiating.  Always give them the impression that you’re willing to walk away if you’re not happy with their options.

A few other, less obvious questions you might want to ask include: Do they allow flower petals or other materials on the ground?  Can you toss rice, confetti or have bubbles for a sendoff?  What is included in the rental price in terms of tables, linens, chairs, glassware and servingware (including cake cutters and extra tables such as cake table and gift table)?  Do they include any decorations (some venues include a few votive candles)?  Do they have an in-house catering department and is it mandatory to use them?  Can you bring in your own alcohol?  If you have a pet that you want included in the wedding, is a dog allowed on the grounds?  Do they have a cake cutting fee and how much is it per person?

Also look up some tips on wedding planning sites like the Knot and see if they have any suggested questions to ask venues.

Hope this helps!

Post # 4
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I would express that you are very interested in the site, she needs to know that this is long distance – maybe let her know just how far. Hopefully this will help her be a bit more enthusiastic about things.

I wish I had a list of questions but I booked the first place I looked at, and it was a total gut feeling. I waled in, fell in love and had to have it. It’s perfect and I knew it right away. I wish my way worked for everyone.

I think that you’ll know – and just remember to stand your ground. If you want it and it’s great for you – go with it. Don’t let parents sway you, just because they are paying for some of it doens’t mean that it’s their wedding 🙂

Make your day what YOU want.


Good luck! 

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