How do I Negotiate with Wedding Vendors?

November 29th, 20106:16 am


How do I Negotiate with Wedding Vendors?

“I got this price for my caterer!”

“Oh yeah?  Well I got this price for the same catering company and even more food!”

We all hate to be taken for our hard earned dollars, which makes it exceptionally hard to hear that someone else got a better deal on the exact same package as us.  Do not be fooled into thinking that wedding vendors have a price that is not negotiable; it’s very much negotiable, just like the sticker price on a brand new car.  No matter if they are a new company without much credit or a vendor that is in high demand, there is always some “wiggle room” when it comes to costs.  Here are some tips on how you can help negotiate a fair price with your wedding vendors:

Study the Wedding Vendor Market

Whatever you want that particular vendor for, do your research beforehand.  Check out a few different companies and see what they offer. What prices to they have?  What do their packages include?  How long do they stay at your wedding?  Find out what you need to know, and make notes.  This is how you will be able to best leverage a deal with another vendor.

Another important thing to consider is how much the “extras” cost with one particular vendor when compared to another.  When a vendor usually hears that another similar vender has a better deal, they’ll match their price just so that they can guarantee your business.  Be sure to ask if any costs can be waived as well, such as taking out certain “features” that they may offer in their package.

Don’t Go Above your Limit

Why should you pay more for what you want?  Vendors are salesmen.  Though they may seem to have your best interest at heart, the bottom line is that they are working this job to make money.  Stick with exactly what you want unless they are willing to cut you a fantastic deal on something that you have always dreamed about and wanted for your wedding.

Having a limit will also help you maintain that “indifferent” demeanor.  If a wedding vendor sees that look of excitement flash across your face, they know they have your interest and they will try to exploit that for their own profit.  If you shrug and hum and haw and say that you are willing to walk away if you don’t get what you want, they will be far more likely to negotiate a better price.  Understand that they should be making a profit on your day, so if you do go too low you may very well lose out on a vendor that you really like.

Practice your Haggling Skills

If you weren’t any good at buying a car before, it’s time to start practicing those negotiating skills.  A good way to do this is to visit a local flea market and try to negotiate a deal on a $10 item.  Hey, maybe you could even try to buy some decorations for your wedding while you’re there!  It’s a win-win situation.

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