Nadia Ouertani
Nadia Ouertani 12 Oct 2017

We are planning to go and visit our venue in 2 weeks. Our wedding is booked...

We are planning to go and visit our venue in 2 weeks. Our wedding is booked for July 2019. This is the 1st time meeting with the wedding organiser. As our location is a niche place I'm worried they won't be so flexible on the prices of things. We've paid nearly £2k to secure our wedding date, but we don't want to go over £6k in total for our wedding. Ideally the cheaper the better. Does anyone have any tips on how to get money off your wedding from the venue? Thanks! Nadia & Erwan

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Emma Nelson-Bailey
Emma Nelson-Bailey 12 Oct 2017

Hi, it can be a little difficult as you are marrying in high season. can you marry on a weekday?
Sometimes its a little easier when you havent paid a deposit like that as you can haggle a little more. I managed to knock £2000 off of our price by choosing a date out of high season and a weekday. perhaps although this is the place you want get quotes for similar venues and see if they are cheaper if your venue can match it. You could also try and get things thrown in, for example, extra wine for the tables to seal the price on that day. Good luck.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 14 Oct 2017

We struggled to haggle due to ours being high season as well. We also struggled to get a finite price as it was so far in advance (3.5 years) however, they gave us the cost for that year per person and we worked it out from there. They told us to add 10% to allow for inflation which we did and actually it worked out around what we expected. Again re the menu choices (and prices for supplements of extra food/nicer food), they couldn't give us details until within a year but it didn't change much at all. We simply worked on that year and allowed for a little extra. You just need to have a clear idea of the numbers for day and night. They usually work on 80% of the night guests to cater for. Be quite tight with this number as quite a few may not turn up (this happened at ours despite RSVPs saying they would be there) hope that helps a little x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 14 Oct 2017

Don't pay for wine for people. I've saved loads. It sounds horrible but when I asked about it they said most people don't drink wine and there's always a fair few half empty bottles. Also buffets tend to be more expensive. Remember most day guests won't want food in the evening. So try and ask for other options like hot sandwiches instead. X

Sarah Jackson
Sarah Jackson 14 Oct 2017

We've booked our wedding on a Sunday and slashed the venue price by 1/3. Also getting married July '19 x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 14 Oct 2017

We did afternoon tea so brought the food cost right down and also meant wine wasnt expected on the tables. We did arrival and toast drinks and then unlimited tea and coffee. Saved a fortune and was perfect for a sunny June afternoon x

Lindsay Coombes
Lindsay Coombes 14 Oct 2017

We did a Sunday so was cheaper but honestly the price is the price! If you have already booked they must have gone through it all with you so you know the cost. Look to make/save on other items but I think your to late to haggle on the venue.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 14 Oct 2017

Ask if they charge cockage and if so how much, could save a good amount bringing in your own alchole, I'm just doing it for toasting bottles and saving nearly £200 and that's with cockage at £25 a bottle

Celine Harland
Celine Harland 14 Oct 2017

6K with a 2K deposit! You’ll be lucky. Most venues take a 10% deposit to book and if that is securing your date then you won’t have much shift.

Kerri Quinn
Kerri Quinn 15 Oct 2017

To keep a wedding with the venue at cheapest is a weekday!! We are marrying August 2019 but on a Thursday and that nearly half’s our cost

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 15 Oct 2017

Umm I kinda think it's going to be a bit late to haggle over price if you've already paid the deposit, to be honest :S

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 16 Oct 2017

We got married on a Sunday and saved a fortune, but you've said you have secured your date so you may not be able to change anything. I did my own cake and all the flowers (I am trained so wasnt an issue), and made my own favours and order of the day, but ours still came in at £10,000 for only 50 people! I doubt you are going to get it down by much sorry. x

Hazel Cottrell
Hazel Cottrell 18 Oct 2017

We've realised that some things will just cost what they do and they can't be changed - for us that's the venue and food. So we have saved money elsewhere :)

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