Happilee
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Asking For Discounts

Happilee, on October 30, 2018 at 4:25 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 8
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Hey everyone! As you know wedding expenses add up fast! I was researching ways to lower costs and someone mentioned asking for a discount provided that you advertise the vendor (business cars on tables, in your program, ect.).

Had anyone tried this? I don't want to turn vendors off by asking but it also seems like it may be a fair trade off. Also what other ways did you score good deals during your planning? I'm all ears!

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Latest activity by Aubrey, on October 31, 2018 at 10:17 PM
  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    I’ve never heard of this. I would also feel weird if I went to a wedding that had vendors advertised there. I have heard of vendors giving discounts for paying cash up front.
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  • LB
    Champion November 2016
    LB ·
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    I've heard paying cash can get you a little off. Or trying to negotiate services (ie they have a certain package but you don't need all of it).

    Having a sponsor at your wedding (which is what advertising for them is IMO) is just a little ick to me.

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  • Nemo
    Master August 2018
    Nemo ·
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    We got a couple of discounts. My dress was 20% off because we bought it the same day as my appointment, my DOC was the same vendor as my florist and he gave us a $100 discount for using him for both, and my photographers gave us a free hour since we booked them after finding them at a wedding show.
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  • WED18
    July 1993
    WED18 ·
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    I'm not a fan of allowing advertising at the wedding, however I believe that everything is negotiable. For instance, my D got a big discount off her designer gown just for the asking. Her venue came at a discount for an off season date and included a lot of extras free of charge. She negotiated a great deal on her videographer as well as her florist. There's nothing wrong with asking a vendor if the price they give is the best they can do.

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  • Chandra
    Master May 2019
    Chandra ·
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    I got a discount on my dress as part of a Labor Day sale, a discount on my catering bc we requested a beer/wine/soda open bar rather than full thing (and I got my mashed potato bar in there STILL at a cheaper cost than the base cost!) Aaaaand a photographer discount for being a venue recommendation.
    I don't think I would ask to advertise for anybody because that feels tacky to me. No offense to anybody who might.
    I did think about asking my florist if she wanted to buy my terrariums half price though! Lol
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  • Aubrey
    Dedicated September 2019
    Aubrey ·
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    I have asked every single vendor for a discount. I received $100 off our DJ, $400 off our photographer, and I anticipate some off the reception venue and caterer too.
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  • J
    Master October 2019
    Jolie ·
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    How did you ask for a discount? Was it by doing the advertising the OP said?

    I got a discount for the dj for being a member on the knot. I have not heard of any other discounts from vendors.

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  • Aubrey
    Dedicated September 2019
    Aubrey ·
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    I just said “I am on a tight budget, is there any wiggle room on your pricing.” If I was between a few vendors and I preferred one but the price of another was better then I was honest with them about the situation!

    It has worked well!
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