For your wedding, you deserve the best VALUE for your money. Negotiating for your big day is the best way to understand costs and get the best value. Notice that we didn't say you should have the CHEAPEST anything, after all, you get what you pay for.
Keep In Mind Vendors Are People Too
When you negotiate for your wedding with vendors, please keep in mind that the people you are negotiating with aren't driving $100K cars or living in million-dollar homes or mansions. They are moms, dads, sisters, and friends who have turned their passions into a businesses. It may seem nerve-wracking to question the vendor’s service or price for goods, but remember that the vendors need big days like yours to keep their businesses thriving. When you negotiate to get the best value and not the cheapest price, you and the vendor will be happy.
How To Negotiate
Negotiating with a wedding vendor may sound something like:
“In evaluating our budget and reviewing the quote, it looks like this falls outside of our budget by approximately $___X___. Are there requests that we have selected that take us over budget that we should re-consider? Are there areas that we could make adjustments to help it fit within our budget?”
Most vendors are happy to work with you when you keep the line of communication open.
Negotiating doesn’t have to be scary and shouldn’t feel like a battle. Be clear about your budget and precise about your needs and you will be negotiating like a BOSS in no time.
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