- 7 years ago
We were looking at venues together last night in an attempt to work out just how much we really do need to save up before we can afford the wedding that we would like.
We found this place, which offers this:
- Hire of marquee & use of gardens for photos.
- Our individual attention to co-ordinate your day.
- Three course wedding breakfast, coffee & mints.
- You may supply own drinks for the reception & wedding breakfast, served at no extra cost.
- Personalised menu cards.
- Linen table cloths and napkins.
- Changing room for bride and groom.
- Free car parking.
- Guest accommodation. (price not included – rooms paid for in addition)
The price for the above is around £80 per person (min. 80 people) and includes the venue hire charge. If you pay additionally to hire all the bedrooms, you have exclusivity of the venue.
Now, I have a huge family, and we were thinking of having somewhere between 120-140 people. That works out at this venue costing us £9600-11200, which is far too much for us. So, my question to you is, how can we cut the cost down?
The obvious answer is probably invite less people. I get that, I have considered it, don’t worry. But what I’m really looking for is bargaining tools that I can use with this venue to convince them to give us money off, as I’ve heard you can always negotiate prices in the wedding industry but I just don’t know where to begin. FYI, we would look to book the venue at least 18 months in advance if you think that helps our negotiating position. Thanks for any tips, bees!