How To Properly Negotiate With Wedding Vendors
You’re going to need a plan for how to negotiate with wedding vendors if you’re planning a wedding. It’s a whole different industry consisting of large companies, small business owners, and pricing literally all over the board. Scroll down to see my tips on how to properly negotiate to have your wedding fit your budget a little better.
- First and foremost, be respectful and honest. This is my number one rule. Instead of asking for an immediate discount or asking if the vendor is willing to go any lower, start by telling them how much you love their product or service. Then, be honest and let them know they aren’t currently in your budget but you would be willing to work with them a little bit if they are open to it as well. For example, you could say:
“Thank you so much for your time today! We were so excited to meet with you because we love your work. It would be a dream to have you as our photographer on our wedding day. Unfortunately, it looks like your XXX package may be a little bit outside of our budget. Since you are our #1 choice though, we would be willing to stretch our budget slightly if you are open to discussing flexible options with pricing and timing for this package.”
Doesn’t this sound so much better than “Is this the best you can do?” It’s human nature to want to work with people who see value and respect in others.
- Be smart about what you’re asking for. There are only certain things you can negotiate with wedding vendors before realizing everything else is pretty fixed. For example, if your venue is supplying food, you can’t really “strike a deal” on the price of the meal. Although, what you can do is look at the different menu options you’re able to offer your guests. If offering an expensive entree is not an option, talk to the caterer about alternatives to better suit your budget. You might find yourself delightfully surprised.
- Consider your timing. While booking earlier is better, also make sure you think about what time of year your wedding day falls on. Let me explain. Asking a photographer to drastically lower the minimum number of hours in June may be a little more difficult than asking in the first week of December. June is peak wedding season and the photographer could easily book for their minimum package in June vs. in December. While this is just an example, it’s not to say it can’t be done. Just remember what you’ve learned thus far if you plan to ask.
While there are many ways to successfully negotiate with wedding vendors, the tips above are a great start. If you’d like to receive more tips like these directly to your inbox though, be sure to fill out your information in the box to the right titled “Get The Latest” or contact me directly here for a private planning session.