How do you go about even trying to get a better price than the venue is offering?
The short answer is – negotiate! The long answer is – negotiate!
We say that because, much like buying a car or house, negotiating a wedding venue is going to feel like a bit of a process, and it’s not guaranteed that you’ll get anywhere with it either. The most important tip to start with is – be respectful and don’t try to get “too much venue for no money” when negotiating. This is their business, and unlike cars, there is more than likely not nearly as much wiggle room – and they can only book so many events there. That being said, a simple “can you do any better?” can get you a long way in negotiating a cheap wedding venue. Another technique is to offer to pay cash in full, this way they know you’re as committed to them as can be, and you won’t just cancel and “write off” your down payment (sure would be nice to be in such a position amiright?!).
Negotiating Your Wedding Venue
Alternative forms of negotiation…
Sometimes negotiations may not work out in a financial manner, but may work in terms of perks you can get the venue to add in as a bonus, thus saving you money, headaches, or both. Keep this in mind when negotiating and try and think of bonuses you can get your venue to agree too. Here are a few suggestions to get you going:
- Extended Venue Rental Hours (if they usually rent it for 8 hours ask for 10)
- Free Audio/Visual (if they usually charge for it)
- Waiving of a Corking Fee (if they usually charge)
There’s just a few, but really take a look at anything they may charge you for, and just ask – any chance we can waive this fee or that fee, if they aren’t really helping you by budging on the venue cost.