Post # 1
This is my first post, but I’ve been stalking this site for about a month… I decided to reach out to you for some help.
My fiance and I decided to get married on a Thursday next year. It’s our anniversary, and the day is so special to us we couldn’t imagine another day- we also thought we would save money because it’s during the week. So far I’ve booked our photographer and venue, and am talking to a DOC- none of them have really been willing to work with us on price, which is really straining our super-tight budget. To anyone that got married on an off-day, did it save you money? How did you negotiate? I feel like I’m being a pushover…
Post # 3
I got married on a sunday and I didnt really save that much, the only thing that was cheaper was the limo but that was it. everything else was the same regular price.
Post # 4
A DOC never fit in the budget for us and they have NEVER been willing to work on a budget with us, so I said SCREW IT. And so far, I’ve not lost all of my hair yet.
It’s never good to be a push-over, but you have to know when to stop. You have to know your highest number and your lowest number. Say, someone would normally charge $1200.00 for something, for a full 5 hours. Your number is at $950.00, that’s your highest number. I would start at $700.00, but that’s just me. Depending on who it is and what you’re negotiating on, is a big thing too. We also have to remember, this is how these people make their living, but at the same time, they can’t rape someone on it.
It’s definitely very tough. Do you have any specific reason why you’re wanting a DOC. You couldn’t find a close family member or a close friend that isn’t in the bridal party to help you with Day of Coordinating and such?
Good Luck! I know it’s not much help, but it’s some.
Post # 5
@bells – thats what i was afraid of, but at least i’m not crazy…
@summy00 – any help is appreciated at this point, i’m one of the first in my group of friends to plan a wedding so the hive is all i’ve got right now. i really want a doc just to have people there that will set up/break down and help us make a schedule for the ceremony since i don’t know anyone who’s got wedding experience really. 90% of the guests are coming from out of town, so i don’t have the heart to ask any of our guests/attendents to work on the day.
Post # 6
I got married on a Thursday. I think it only really helped a little with the cost of things. Our venue was already discounted because it was a Thursday and I did try to negotiate a little with the catering, photog and dj but the thursday thing didn’t really help much. I negotiated more with trimming down a package or making up our own package to better meet our needs and get the price lower. And letting them know I have checked around and I can get comparable service for X price but I would much rather work with them and see if they can negotiate a bit. Not everyone was willing to work with us but most were and they were honest (atleast I think they were).
Post # 7
Well, I got married on a Sunday of a holiday weekend and it helped a little with the venue but my peonies were going to cost the same whether on a Thursday or a Saturday. I am a negotiator by nature and I negotiated everything that I could negotiate. It doesn’t hurt to ask, all they can say is ‘no’ and then don’t take it personal. They too have a business to run. I did find that most folks were willing to negotiate with me, as long as you don’t insult them by low balling them, I don’t think they would mind. Do your research on how much things cost first and then move from there. There is a wide range of prices out there.