by Avid Thinker February 25, 2013
When you have fallen for that one particular location and is willing to do everything just to get it, don’t show that to the owner or manager of the venue. Be careful how much you are letting on even if you have the budget for it so that you will be able to negotiate a good price and not just base everything on emotion. After all, you still have the overall wedding budget to think about.
How to initiate the negotiation?
Gather relevant information first by asking around if anybody has already managed to get a discount locally. Personally inspect two or three venues and get their quotes, along with the various features that go with their offer. Determine if they provide discounts when there are parts that you will not use. Or if they are willing to substitute some features of the whole package like room hire offers sans in-house catering. In this way, you are able to save on fixed pricing charges and choose your own caterers who are cheaper. Also know their rates on corkage and if you can hire their caterers but bring your own wine.
When you have scoured the area of the different venues available, you will have the right details on how to go about negotiating and you now have an idea of how much can be possible. Begin the negotiation by letting the venue management know how much your budget is and how much their competitor has quoted you. Ask for their advice too in how you are going to work around your wedding venue budget so that they will have a better understanding of how much you are hoping to pay. With this, they will be more sympathetic and more likely to help during this very important occasion of your life.
by Jenny Evangelista August 18, 2015
Sign up to get the latest on sales, new releases and more …