(Closed) Negotiating venue cost AFTER placing Deposit?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I wouldn’t push it since you already put a deposit down and which leads me to believe you already signed a contract and agreed on that price. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

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anonkimmy:  I think you could ask without being offensive, but just be prepared to be told that there is no room for discussion since you already placed a deposit. I would weigh how much I might potentially save against how much frustration or stress asking might cause, and then decide whether it’s worth it to me.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016 - Muhlhauser Barn

did you already sign a contract? if so, no way ๐Ÿ™  if youve already signed a contract and locked in things, legally they have got you at what you signed at

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

yeah.. no not gonna happen. Prices are subject to change. Your friend is already married correct? So she might have signed a contrat over 12 months ago and you cannot expect to get the same price. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I think if you don’t ask you wont know. They can totally not budge as you aren’t negotiating but for me it would be worth a try. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Could you get what’s stated in your contract for less? No and if you push, what you going to do, forfeit your deposit, they know you’re unlikely to do that to save a little money.

What you CAN do at this point is anything additional or an estimate, haggle on. My venue’s quote really was tied to basic buffet menu and linens, nothing upgraded. At 3 months before you can start talking about upgrading linens, napkins, chargers, barware, etc. So maybe you can see from there? Also my bar was consumption and before I signed, I was able to get them to not stock “luxury” liquor so Skyy vs Belvedere vodka. So maybe your chance is here.

But as you signed the big contract, probably no luck there. Also prices change along with the season. My venue was more willing to discount on initial quotes since I was off season but anything in season (which entails higher venue fee and minimums) less willing to budge….

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