Post # 1
There is so much good advice on this board I was hoping someone might be able to give me some pointers/suggestions. I am recently engaged and am trying to plan a weding for December 2010. My wedding will be on the smaller side (80-85) and I am trying to a very nice reception on my very small student budget.
Has anyone had any success negotiating with reception site vendors? Any tips for cutting down the per person costs? Am I going to save any money by having a wedding in December?
Thank you so much for your time!
Post # 3
When I picked the vendor I wanted I did NOT let her know that she was my #1 choice. They want you to choose them and if they think they have competition you can get a lot of good deals 🙂
My wedding is at a bed and breakfast and I got her to offer a 30% discount for wedding guests. She also gave me an outragous price for food that was per plate charge, but buffet style! If I’m paying $30 pp I’m hoping that comes with more than just that! So I got her to discount the price of the food since there would be no servers. I suggest questioning everything they say because they will try and trick you sometimes! Hope that helps. I’m only spending about 6k on my wedding so if you want any other pointers on how to be frugal, but still have an elegant wedding message me!
Post # 4
Ideas to saving
- are you able to book a Friday or Sunday
- would you consider buffet or family style vs. plated
- use lots of candles, votives vs. floral decor
- have a decorative table chart vs. place cards
- are you a DIY gal? That will save you a lot $$ with your decor ideas
There is ALWAYS room for negotiation with Vendors. Often times vendors are going to give you a proposal – review it and tweak it, customize it to fit you and yout Fiance and as a result the $$ will be what you want it to be VOILA…
Good Luck – its a lot of fun. Remember ask questions, lots of them. There isn’t a dumb one or silly one, they are all good!