(Closed) negotiating

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Member
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I think it depends on your date, location and type of ceremony.

It doesn’t hurt to ask.  But in my experience there isn’t out-and-out discounts…. instead it’s negotiations.  Mostly it’s trading out for stuff in the package.  So – for example you could get an extra 4 hours from your photographer because ALL her packages included an album but all you want is the CD.  SO you can negotiate the *price* of the album in extra *time*.  But I’m not sure you can get get someone to knock off the price of something.

 

Also prices are usually cheaper if there is less demand.  so if you are getting married on a Tuesday evening in a smaller venue then you probably have some room to wiggle.  But if you’re getting married on a Saturday at the Manhattan Waldorf Astoria you aren’t going to get any discounts…. because there are brides lining up behind you who will pay full price.

Post # 4
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Be nice about it; tell them how much you love their venue but XYZ (bar/food/etc.) and then negotiate from there. Cash is also king! Offer to do a check to get a % off since they have to pay CC processing fees. I don’t think there was a single vendor that didn’t knock some moola off… even our ceremony site knocked off $200 for me for “”fun” and to “make me smile cause brides like hearing good news.” Granted the 200 was a small percentage, it was the thought that mattered.

Post # 5
Member
9145 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

It depends on your negotiating skills, how popular a site is, how popular your wedding date is, whether the venue allows the events planner to alter contracts/make deals, etc….  The worst you can do is ask and the worst they can say is no.  The biggest thing is figuring out for yourself whether what you are trying to negotiate for is worth losing the venue over because obviously negotiation would have to occur prior to signing the contract and until that contract is signed it’s not your venue.

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