Which vendors were you able to bargin with? And did you go about doing so. We are planning our wedding early and hoped to be able to bargin a bit but not sure which vendors it would work with and dont want to seem sillly!
I personally dont agree with bargaining on anything when it comes to vendors. The way I see it, this is how people make their living and I reaaaaalllly hate when people try to bargain with me at my job because it makes me feel like they don't think I'm worth it to them, which ultimately drags me down.
If its something really important, I try to fit it in to my budget. If I cant find it in the budget, it's unfortunately just not meant to be!
I've been able to bargain with most of my vendors. I had an amount of money that I wanted to spend at each, and I would ask questions about what we could change in order to lower the price. With that being said, it didn't work with all of my vendors (florists), but some things need to be splurged on a little lol.
I've bargained with the reception hall and with the cake maker so far, but I think that's only because both involved food. I would be reluctant to try to bargain with photographers or decorators.
I didn't do a ton of bargaining. but I also knew certain things I wasn't willing to pay over a certain price.
I also did some price shopping before settling on someone. that way at least I knew I was getting a fair deal on things.
around here a lot of vendors are willing to do cash deals and you save the taxes that way. which can be HUGELY helpful.
I found decorators were usually pretty good about negotiating. especially if you get everything from them (originally I was going to get tablecloths from my venue. they just do a basic short one. most of the decorators did a better deal with everything in).
I also found a fair amount of vendors will work within a budget if its reasonable. my florist said bridesmaids bouquets can be 70-120 each (all depending on size/flowers/imports etc). when we went over flowers and what I want. and asked if it can be between 50-70. she is making it work.
I bargained with one photographer (and trying to bargain with another) but I am just getting quotes right now!
I did not bargain at all. Kind of wish I did but I feel like all of my vendors are pretty busy and don't need my business because they can just book someone else! Largely due to the fact that I have a Saturday wedding too.
I didn’t really bargain too much. I understand that it’s how they make a living and I realize I wouldn’t want to work for a low wage and I’m sure they don’t want to either.
What i did do though was ask if they could include small things, for example our venue is only charging 1/2 the rate to rent the room for our ceremony (we are having ceremony and reception at the same place). And they are throwing in a few other little extras that doesn’t cost them much to provide, like some decor items, and setting up some of our decor for us. And they let us supstitute a couple things for our meal that would normally cost a few dollars more.
I find it easier to ask if they will include extra things versus asking for a discount. For example you could ask the florist or baker if they would include delivery. But be prepared for them to say no.
Anothet option is telling vendors your budget and asking what they could provode for that price.
Pretty much with everyone ahaha!! I would just ask or tell them what my budget is (honestly) and it was a yes or no answer! People are generally willing to try and work within your budget or if not just go with someone else who is!