(Closed) Writing Email to Venue-Please help!

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Are you set on a Saturday? Would you be willing to have an afternoon reception? Venues don’t really lower the price just because, especially during peak season. I would say you love the venue and would like to book sometime next September/October but it is beyond your budget and would like to know if he has any suggestions for how you could rent the site for a lower fee.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I kind of doubt on a Saturday, which they can nearly always book up, they’re going to come down $1,000 on the price. Not to say you can’t ask, but I would maybe start looking at other venues if it’s really out of your budget because probably the best they’ll be offer you is to throw in a couple additional things at no cost, but I don’t see them coming that far off the price when someone else could easily book it (especially because you’re more than a year out and there’s plenty of time) and pay full price.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Would you consider booking a Friday or Sunday instead of a Saturday? Many venues will offer a discount if you don’t book a Saturday. Aside from switching your day of the week, I’m not sure there’s much to be done. I know you can negotiate with many vendors by simply saying “This is my budget, can you work with that?” but I’m not sure if venues are willing to negotiate much. Good luck!

Post # 6
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575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Do just that! I’m horrible with negotiating but saw our venue offered a deal last summer, and told them unless we got the same deal unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to book their. They didn’t even think twice! Just be sure to tell them how much you love the venue, but it would be impossible at the current price. Or be like me and make your finance do it! lol

Post # 8
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Bostongrl25: I understand that you have a lot of out of town guests, but that is Columbus Day Weekend…do you think Sunday might be possible because you are getting married on a holiday weekend?

Just a thought!

As far as the email if you are set on Saturday, I don’t think that you will offend him if you are polite about it and explain your circumstance.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Bostongrl25: Its always worth asking, maybe they are hard up and willing to negotiate. My venue basically just repeated the room minimum and told me they had no concerns that they would be able to book my date.

Post # 11
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Bostongrl25: Sorry I just looked at the date and assumed! Sorry about your dad ๐Ÿ™

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Bostongrl25: 

The reason this September and October are 50% off is probably because it is so close to those dates and for whatever reason, they don’t have it booked, that it’s unlikely anyone is going to book it this close. I mean, not many people are going to book a venue in late July to get married in September, it’s just not enough time to plan a wedding, so that’s just a last minute shove to get the venue booked. But, asking about next year can’t hurt. My FH always says, “Don’t ask, don’t get.” Of course, he also says, “Askin aint gettin,” so just give it your best shot but don’t get too disappointed if they can’t budge. 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I say this with the utmost respect but… I wouldn’t hold your breath. There are only 52 Saturdays a year with thousands of couples looking to book them. The odds of them giving you a discount for a Saturday that they can turn around and book in a few months for full price is pretty slim. The venue is only offering the 50% discount for the Saturdays this year because we’re 2-3 months out. I doubt they’d be willing to negotiate on a date that’s still a year away. With that said, it really does come down to the venue and owners but I would assume that most places probably wouldn’t be willing to budge at this time.

I know what it’s like to want a Saturday wedding but not be able to afford it or meet the minimums. It took some getting used to but now I’m really excited for our Friday wedding. It will be a fabulous kickoff to Columbus Day weekend!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Just ask. The’s no way around it being really awkward though! We got $1,000 of our Saturday venue fee for asking – but we booked far in advance in a month that wasn’t their most popular. We just expressed how much we loved the venue, would be thrilled to celebrate our day there (flattery but true), but that unfortunately it was just too high for our budget by $1K.

It’s worth a try, good luck. 

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Bostongrl25: Oh really? That’s awesome! Lake George is pretty much my favorite place in the fall. I’m biased but I totally think we have the best fall foliage! ๐Ÿ™‚

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