Post # 1
We were really excited about one venue… until we found out the food and beverage minimum for a SUNDAY is $20,000. We were hoping to spend around $15,000 on food, drinks and venue for 80-90 guests. The per person price is $175 per person (sounds high, but it’s a pretty good value for how inclusive it is). I’m wondering if anyone has successfully negotiated down the F&B minimum for a venue they really liked. Any tips? What are the easiest points to negotiate? The venue is only about a year old and is booking fast, so I’m not sure how much leverage we have but I am open to hearing tips from bargaining bees. Thanks!!
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Post # 2
- Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!
honestly i would just be realistic with them. talk to the person you’ve been talking to and say that you love love love the space but it isn’t realistic for your price range. the worse they can do is say no.
Post # 3
Hi there! We recently booked our venue, a restaurant, for our upcoming wedding. We met with the general manager and indicated that our budget was 20,000 (for 120 ppl.). The Groomsmen came back with a minimum spend of 24,000 (inclusive of 13% tax and 18% grat.). We decided to meet them in the middle at 22,000, and indicated that it was the most we could spend. She was really responsive to this and changed things around to come out in line with our budget (a bit under actually).
Another thing we did was we asked them if they knew any DJs that we could book through them. They included the DJ in our 22,000 spend which means that we can cancel the original DJ we booked saving us $1400. This brought us even closer to our original budget. Maybe see if they can throw in any extras that might not cost them much but would save you money?
Finally, we decided not to get a wedding cake since dessert was included in the three course menu they provided. This saved us both the cost of the wedding cake, and the cake cutting fees that the restaurant would have charged. Doing something similar allows you to put the money you allocated for the cake towards having the reception that you want.
I say be flexible, but honest and firm. We used the same strategy to negotiate our rent down by $200.00 a month. Hah! It never hurts to ask!
Post # 4
pennyk: thanks! That sounds like some great negotiating. Unfortunately, the coordinator has been unresponsive to our emails and calls. We took the hint 🙂