(Closed) Should I tell the potential venue/caterer the dollar amount of my budget?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Do not give her your wedding budget.  Just give her your catering per head budget, which is $35-45 total.  🙂

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

NOOOOO it’s none of their business, and if they know how much money you have, the more ammo they have with which to screw you over! It’s only your and your FH’s business what your overall budget is. You can tell her how much you have for that specific piece though, either per head, or total. So 40 per person or 2400.00 (40×60 people). You want to keep as much power as you can when dealing with these people 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro

Just tell her your budget for that portion of your overall budget. So if your max is 40/head, tell her that. That’s what she is actually looking for anyway.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@KristenGotMarried:  That.

And tell her the number of people you are planning on having. But I wouldn’t get your hopes up too high, just because you are asking them to only have you pay 30% of their regular rate. Also be willing to book at an off time, like in their off season or on a friday/weekday or doing a lunch reception vs a dinner one.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i havnt given my budget to anyone. i did use some wiggle room after i saw my amounts to add in a couple things when i came in under with estimates but i wouldnt give them the amount up front.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Definitely share your $40 max, and let them know that’s inclusive and you’re open to cutting parts out of their usual offerings.

When I have brides that share like that, we’re always able to come up with something for them. It helps us book someone on a Friday which we love, and helps them stay in budget.

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Are you looking in NoVA?  $35pp is honestly really good, and unless you’re going pretty far out, you aren’t going to get much cheaper, even for a brunch buffet.  I had to fight tooth and nail to get mine under $100pp…

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Steampunk Angel:  Yeah, the drawback is that..it’s Richmond.  I hate that drive, haha.  Are most of your guests local or traveling?

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Why not let her know what you were thinking food wise. When we were shopping around for prices we decided to do a casual meal. We received quotes and then asked them about reducing the amount if we a) removed one course (ie. 3 couse instead of 4) and b) didn’t have a desert (using our cake for this). I was impressed that we were able to save about 7.00/pp and brought our meal down to 26.00/pp

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