(Closed) Negotiating with Venue/Vendors

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Just simply state “Our budget is this…. Is there any way you can come down to that price?” They will either say yes or they will say no. And if they say no just move on to the other place. They will try and get the most money out of you unless you firmly state exactly what price you are willing to pay.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I think you’re not going to get much by just asking if they’ll lower the price without sacrificing extras or portions of what’s included in the package.  The reason is, they really have no incentive to do so, especially if you’re getting married during a fairly busy time of the year.  If you can’t pay full price, they know there’s bound to be someone who can.

When I’ve negotiated, it’s been by changing what’s included in the service or products – i.e. 7 hours of photography instead of 8, changing the flowers I want in my bouquet, etc.  I was also able to negotiate some of the language in the photography contract.  But I’ve never flat-out asked if they could just lower the price a bit, because I don’t feel I’m in a position to do so, you know?

What are the extras that your Fiance can’t live without?  Are there things in the venue’s package that you can let go of?  Oh, and do you have to use their vendors?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t have any tips as I haven’t done this yet, but I just want to follow for the advice too

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Honestly I don’t think any of my vendors were really open to negotiating their prices. Our venue definitely would have just told us to get lost, lol. We did get some to tailor their packages a bit to better fit our needs but that’s about it.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@StarIzInkd:  I’m not good with negotiating in person so that’s why we did it via emails 🙂

Also, we negotiated with every vendor I booked so far and we’re planning on negotating with the rest I haven’t booked.  I don’t see the hard of asking for a better deal especially if it’s your budget.  The worse they do is say “no.”  PM if me you have any other questions.  Good luck!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@shannonh32:  This, exactly. We got 2K off our venue that way 🙂 They would rather have the business, than not at all.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@shannonh32:  I totally agree. It worked for us and we ended up saving $2,500.

We went to a meeting to see our venue and they showed us a sample contract. We told them (at the meeting) that although we loved the package and venue, we just couldn’t pay more than x amount of dollars. The coordinator told us she would talk to her boss for us to see what she could do. We were lucky in the regard that we’re getting married in March (the wedding off-season), that helped us immensely with quite a few of our vendors.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Sorry to hijack a bit OP, but….

 

@reginaphalange:  Is this the same Regina from the Debate Team on BBC? If so, good to see you here!!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Venues rarely negotiate, but I have straight out said to caterers, “Our budget is X. Can you work with us?” And then I usually put some heat on them that we have other offers or know someone who will do it for that price. I dont think this is haggling because it is the truth.

 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am SO not good at negotiating either…. it makes me feel awkward and I can’t even explain it – embarrassed maybe????  We found a venue we loved.  It was way too expensive.  Their minimum food/beverage was way higher than we wanted to spend.  (The venue is a historic private restaurant, so they handle the catering).  They told us that if we picked a particular date then they could cut it in half……(as they had a cancellation).  I definitely didn’t want that day, but having said that, I realized that nothing is set in stone, and SOOOO the negotiating began! 

We ended up booking this venue about 3 weeks later (at the end of the month, which I totally think helped get the price we wanted….. you know, like car sales – always best to do it at the end of the month when they want to inflate their numbers….) They ended up taking $6,000 off the food/beverage minimum and completely waiving the “ceremony fee” – so we came in exactly where we wanted to be!  (had we taken the date we didn’t want, essentially, we would have saved $9,000, but it just wouldn’t work fo us). 

Best of luck….. it’s not fun…. i found it incredibly stressful, but in the end, it worked out and I couldn’t be happier! 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@StarIzInkd:  One of my bridesmaids is also planning her wedding and she’s negotiating with a venue that has a $17,500 venue fee (not counting food or beverage minimums) and they are now down to $12,000 and still going back and forth through details.  It NEVER hurts to try!!  And it helps if you are flexible with dates…. a lot of times if they don’t have something booked for a particular date they’re willing to drop their costs to fill the spot.  Good luck – let us know how it goes!! 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a horrible negotiator.  But lemme say that almost every vendor we booked, we got a discounted price just for asking.  I would ask for a quote, then once they gave me a quote, I’d just ask if they’d be willing to come down in price to meet our budget.  Every one of our vendors came down 15-25% from their asking price.  Some lowered their price, while still throwing in extra add-ons to secure our business.  Like the others have mentioned, it doesn’t hurt to try.  If anything, it’s also a good indicator of things to come. If they’re jerks about it, it’s likely they’ll be jerks later down the line should any issues arise, etc.  In our case, we’ve developed a rapport with our vendors, and they seem to genuinely be on our side.  They know we’re on a budget, and have accommodated us.  Just be firm but pleasant.  It’ll all work out!

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