Post # 1
I’ve been trying to negotiate the cost of venue (location + food) with several different facilities and it seems like most are refusing to even discuss the concept of negotiation unless I plan on booking 4-5 months in advance.
I’ve been reading many reviews and discussions where people mention successful negotiations where either the cost was lowered or more perks (eg. venetian table) were “thrown in.”
I tried to implement several tactics I picked up from reading older posts and all of them failed!
Successful frugal bees, what are your secrets!? Persistence? Did you try to book vendors 4-5 months in advance to maximize your negotiating powers?
Post # 3
When you’re booking over a year out, they aren’t going to be as likely to negotiate with you. They have plenty of time to give your date away to someone else who won’t try to negotiate on the price, so they aren’t worried about getting your business in particular. You’ll probably notice this across the board with vendors. Sorry!
Post # 4
I booked my florist months before my wedding (she was the 1st vendor I booked) and got her to work within my budget. I haggled with her, told her my price, what I wanted, and asked her if she could work with me. She gave me more than I would have asked for in a price I was very happy with. I told her what price point I had to stay in though and she really wanted to work with me so she did.
The caterer was the next venodr I booked tht I haggled with. I booked them like 3 or so months out and I got them to come down in price and they even threw in a few upgrades to my basic pacakage. Made me VERY happy.
If a vendor wants your business they will work with you and your budget. Not sure if it would have been the same if I booked a year out but I was pretty much booking all my vendors around the 7 month or less mark.
Post # 5
I booked 17 months out (met with them about 20 months out but waited a couple months to book). I got them to lower the minimum number of people by 10 people and their price dropped $5 per person (they claim it was always that low but I had their prices from our meeting written in front of me). I would tell them that you really like them but can’t afford to book them at that price. I think its easier to get them to offer their services at a lower price than to throw in things for free.