How to negotiate better prices with your wedding venue

When it comes to planning your wedding, budget is key. So is keeping costs down where you can. Sometimes, we are left with no choice but to put on our haggling hat and negotiate ourselves a deal. We know it can be scary, but thankfully we have some tips on how to negotiate better prices with your wedding venue. It doesn’t have to be as scary as you think!

Practise your “happy face”

Have you ever been talking to someone and noticed how rude you think they’re being? Perhaps it’s made you not want to help or to get out of the conversation quick? That’s how most of us feel. It costs nothing to be polite, and sometimes some “pleases” and “thank yous” go a long way when negotiating a deal. Venues are much more likely to let customers they like have the best deals as they will want them to return. Rude customers? Not so much.

Avoid blunt questions

Asking questions such as “Why is it so expensive?” or “Can you give me a lower price?” are likely to cause a few backs to go up. Rather than being blunt with your statements, it’s best to explain your situation. By telling the venue you have a limited budget but would love to use their place for your wedding, you are more likely to strike a deal.

Make them feel important

Doesn’t it feel nice to be loved? Sure, a compliment can make us feel pretty important and put a smile on our faces. Bigging up the venue’s owner by stating how their place is your first – and only – choice, and how you can’t imagine your wedding anywhere else other than at the venue can be a sure fire way to earn yourself some brownie points. Once you have them in a good mood, it’s time to go in with the winning question.

Prepare to be flexible

You might find that your venue is willing to negotiate on price. That’s great! However, the only way you’ll get it at that price is if you move your wedding date a few months further away, or change the day of the week you want to get married. It might not be an ideal situation, but it could be you walking away with a much better deal on your venue than your initial date.

Think about what you can add

Perhaps your venue has said they can’t move on the price? That sucks, but there could be an option. Rather than thinking about all the things you could take off to try and reduce the cost, it’s time to think about everything they could add. You may find the venue has furniture they can hire to you for free, or offer a discount on catering if they have a kitchen. It might not make the price of the venue come down, but it could save you money in other aspects of your big day.

If you’re like us, then the idea of negotiating anything is enough to want to jump under the duvet and hide. However, these tips to negotiate better prices with your wedding venue make us realise it’s not as daunting as it once seemed. In fact, all it takes is a smile and some smooth talking, and you could find yourself with the venue of your dreams for a fraction of the price.

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