Post # 1
If you tried to negotiate with a venue, I’d love to hear about it. What did you attempt to negotiate (site fee, ceremony fee, reception, etc.) and how did you go about trying to negotiate the pricing? Was the venue receptive?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
The venue brought this up when we had our consultation. Apparently people ask to take appetizers and salad off the menu to save on cost. They don’t negotiate. It is not worth the venues time to haggle nickels and dimes.
Post # 3
I negotiated, but only a little. My fiance and I went with an all-inclusive venue, and we were pretty open to different dates. We got a June quote and then a May quote, and when I told them that it was still too expensive for us, they gave us an April quote that was a good deal less. Since we wanted to get married on a Sunday, I got May 1st, 2016 for the April price. Splitting hairs, but I’ll take it!
Post # 4
I didn’t negotiate with the venue, because I was scared lol. I assumed they wouldn’t want to, because the next person over would pay the going rate anyway. I wish I would’ve tried, but eh. I did with my other vendors, and I mean, you can negotiate the price, but often times, you are only negotiating the quality or amount of items you are getting (eg pay 2 PP less if you take off the salad), so it’s not always worth it. What DID work for me: paying cash for a lot of items, and my vendors helped in taking off the tax (which, in CA, can be quite a pretty penny!)
Post # 5
I am not the type of person to negotiate usually because I am typically more reserved, but we did negotiate! It went really well. We had already signed our contract with our venue, and we were negotiating different portions of our package.
We asked our day of coordinator what she suggested, and she suggested doing it through email so it was in writing.
– A pasta course instead of a intermezzo sorbet
– A dessert platter delivered to tables instead of a late night snack (My Father-In-Law are providing a late night snack for us that’s a tradition in their family.)
I was afraid to ask at first, but my fiance helped me see it’s not personal, just business. They can say no, and that’s totally fine.
Post # 6
Thanks, everyone! This is really very helpful.