(Closed) Should I pay upfront to get a discount??

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@urbanriceball:  Your wedidng is over a year away and you don’t know your exact guest count.  I would wait.  5% isn’t much savings.

Post # 4
779 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

@urbanriceball:  I wouldnt do it unless you have an “A & B guestlist”.  Meaning if there are people on the first guest list that can not make it you have other people on a second list to invite.

Post # 7
9549 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@urbanriceball: If you are sure this is the right venue and sure of your guest count, I would do it but low-ball more. We invited 240 and had 161 RSVP yes and had 153 actually show up. That’s 64%. So I’d hedge even more at about 50%. So I’d give a guaranteed headcount of 75.

Post # 8
3340 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Definitely wait!!  They’re trying to trick you into paying more money, reputable or not.  You pay a deposit now, and then a per person when you give the final head count.  The contract may state that they can up the per person if your estimated number changes by more than 10%.  But we saved money when 50% of people we invited declined.  If we had taken a deal like that, we’d have spent thousands more than we had to.  I wouldn’t do it.

Post # 9
3053 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@Christy42213:  I pretty much agree.

There’s more than likely something in the contract that’ll screw you if things don’t go perfectly as planned….which, they won’t.

Post # 10
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well, my venue had a similar deal and we paid up front. Wtih little than two weeks to go we were right on with the headcount and saved enough money to splurge on other items like the centerpieces I really wanted. I would say go for it, but that is just becuase I’ve had such a good experience.

Post # 11
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

5% off is only about $60. How much is it per head? How many no-shows would you need to have to make it not worth that savings? How much is flexibility worth to you?


Post # 12
3968 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Will they pay you back the difference if there’s a lower headcount? Don’t do it unless they will do that. 

ETA: Low ball it for sure! That way you save some money but don’t lose anything.



I’m in a simlar situation with a DJ. I can save $200 (off $1450) if I book in the next month for next year. Also reputable. Hmmmm. 


Post # 14
9549 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@urbanriceball:  I looked at your numbers wrong! 55% is probably a good estimate to low ball, so 120 should work. Plus I know our guest list grew a bit from a year out, so 120 may turn out to be a little bit lower of a percentage.

Post # 15
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@urbanriceball: How long have they been in business?

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