(Closed) What is negotiable?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What were you able to negotiate with your wedding venue?

    Food Prices

    Alcohol Prices

    Set up fees

    Other (please explain)

  • Post # 3
    2018 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    almost everything is negotiable. i’ve had the most luck with food prices, venue rental fees, and adding extra time at no cost.

    Post # 4
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    EVERYTHING is negotiable. You just have to ask and know what you’re willing (and what’s fair) to pay.

    Post # 5
    2896 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    With our 2012 wedding, we were able to negotiate keeping the current food/alc prices as the day we signed the contract (or lower, if they do go down). That was nice so we don’t have to watch our budget grow unexpectedly.

    I also negotiated down the ‘wedding package’ our reception venue offered, since I didn’t want the champagne toast or the projector, alcohol on our bed when we got done, etc. I was able to piece out what I wanted and not have to bother with the rest, and I made sure to emphasize that this saved them time and money as well by having less set up. Do NOT let them make you feel like picking and choosing is making them do sooo much more work. Psh.

    Post # 6
    89 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I would like to say everything is negotiable because I take pride in my negotiation skills, but our venue (a historic building owned by the city) does not negotiate on anything.  It is a popular spot with no shortage of people wanting to rent it, so they don’t need to offer anything exra.  That being said, we did negotiate a lot with our caterer (separate vendor) on food, alcohol, and set-up.  

    Post # 7
    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Pretty much anything is potentially negotiable but it really depends on your situation and the vendor’s situation how much they are willing to work with you.  We generally found that even “tough” vendors who didn’t want to negotiate an overall discounted price would be willing to add freebies or discounted additions to the base package.

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