Post # 1
I am a little (okay, a lot) uncomfortable with asking for a better price for different things like the photographer or make up and hair artists. What is the best way to go about nicely asking for a little bit of a discount?
Post # 3
I would tell them that it is more than what you are able to afford and see if there is anything they can do to accomodate or to modify something so it is within your budget or you can ask if they could offer a better deal if you pay in cash.
Post # 4
I usually just say that I am interested in their services but it is unfortunately a bit outside of my budget, and ask if there is anything they can do for us. In several cases, they have knocked some money off of the price. Or, I’ll say I was hoping to spend closer to $___, do they have any options in that price range?
I felt uncomfortable at first, but my friend pointed out that many vendors expect this and many build in some negotiating room into their pricing. It’s unlikely it will be anything they haven’t heard before! The worst they can say is no.
Post # 5
As long as you are not asking for anything unreasonable, its fine to negotiate and i belive the vendors expect it. Most of the vendors I have talked to so far have offered me lower prices than advertised simply because I told them they were over my budget. Most vendors would rather take a little less money than not get your business at all
Post # 6
I find I’m more comfortable negotiating via e-mail than when I have to deal with someone face to face. So if that’s an option for you, you may want to start that way and work your way up. When I first contacted my DJ for a price quote, he told me his standard fee is $850 for five hours and two DJ’s. I wrote back explaining that we’re on a tight budget and our small wedding of 75 guests really only needs one DJ. He said he could do our wedding by himself (ceremony and reception) for $550, if that worked better for us.
Post # 7
i have done what some other PPs have suggested and it works. however, i didnt do it to “negotiate” i was being honest. i was gathering price quotes for photographers and my budget was $1500. i could not go over. the one i wanted the most was out of my budget. i told her so and thanked her for her reply. since she was already going to be in Jamaica the week of my wedding, she offered to match my budget and i said sure!
i typically find when i tell people i cant afford something because i am a student, they start knocking down the price. my first wedding dress my budget was $1000. of course the one i liked was $1600. they instantly knocked off 15%. still over budget, but better deal