(Closed) To haggle or not to haggle?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I think that it could be worth it. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It can’t hurt to bring it up. Obviously they are including the incentives because their bookings aren’t where they want them to be at this point in time, so it doesn’t really apply to you (which you know), but they certainly should have an interest in keeping current clients happy and not posting negative things.

I would CALL or go in PERSON and talk to the coordinator. How much power do you think she has? If you don’t think she has much influence, you may want to pull her manager in on that chat, just because it’s easier for a manager to say no and then make the coordinator go deal with the unhappy client than to say no to the client’s face. I strongly would suggest going and talking in person if you are close by.

I would be SUPER nice. Really friendly. But also firm. Ask if you can review your contract and estimated spend, and then bring up the promotion. Ask if they can make some sort of accommodation in your package to allow you to get the same promotion. In a really friendly way, I’d probably say something like, “Yeah, I was bummed I found out we could have goten this extra if we had waited longer to book!”

They might not do the full 2 hours bar, but I  bet you get something out of it.  Be prepared with a list of possible smaller alternatives they could include that would make you happy – the champagne toast at no cost? An extra hour for setup? A free upgrade to your/your parents’ hotel room or a free room? Etc.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It wouldn’t hurt to call and ask, but I’d not get my hopes up, because you already signed a contract with different terms.  It would be about the same as the venue calling you a few months after you signed the contract and asking you if they could charge you more.

If anything, I’d lobby for the points, because those can usually be granted at the hotel’s discretion, and might be easier to negotiate for than more goods or services or lowered costs.  You could also ask if you could get points for any guests booking into your block that don’t claim the points for themselves. But again, these are things that are usually negotiated before signing a contract.  You might get something just for asking, but I’d be prepared to be told No unfortunately.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I would deffinately call asap.  It really wouldnt hurt to ask them, and the odds are they will not say no.  Hotels are very very accomodating, and run on having satisfied guests, and great reviews.  As long as you meet the requirements, there should be no problem.

ETA

Look at it this way, Im going to say the hotel would much rather make you happy and tell people how great they were, and lose out on a few hundred bucks for the bar, which they are offering everyone else too, than to say no to you, and you not be happy and tell all of us bees not to hold an event there. 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

No harm in asking, the worst thing they can say is no.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Let us know what they say! Sadly I was in a similar situation and I was told firmly that they would not honor the new promotion because I booked before they ran it. It put a bad taste in my mouth because I felt it could’ve been handled differently.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - saint patricks parish

haggle always haggle. But which hotel cause now I’m curious cause now I wonder if they have that hotel chain up here cause that would be something interesting to look into. 

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