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    • VintageChic
      CommentAuthorVintageChicGot married 27 months ago
      CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     
    There has been a lot of threads asking advice on haggling so I thought I would add a thread with my own tips and where everyone else can share their tips and experiences!

    The main thing to remember about haggling is: If you don't ask you don't get.

    Try to walk in knowing what your aim is. Do you need to stick to a definite budget therefore NEED to haggle? Would you just like 10% off for the sake of saving money? You need to walk in knowing how you want this to play out, if you go in expecting the other party to make you an offer you could be left disappointed.

    A few things to bear in mind as to WHO you're haggling with are. Family run business owners have room to be MUCH more flexible, other businesses have "targets and figures" to hit and bosses to answer to. This doesn't mean you wont be successful in one of these businesses though!

    Always try to coincide your haggling with a Sale if possible. This gives even more leeway on reductions as they are trying to clear out excess stock etc.

    Likewise "quiet periods" can be very fruitful. EG a weekday wedding, or maybe they're the type of business that doesn't get much work in the winter? If you offer to fill a slot they'd otherwise most definitely have remain empty they're more likely to let you haggle them down... any price is better than no price.

    Paying on the spot in cash either in full or a sizeable deposit is always a good bargaining tool. You're more likely to have success if you show you're serious about going ahead there and then.


    NEVER EVER EVER, reveal what your actual figure you have in mind is... at least not right away. Let them make YOU the offer, then you get them down from that point. I never accept a first offer.

    Things such as flowers, you can make real savings before haggling if you choose to have seasonal flowers.

    Dont be afraid to ask for discounts by knocking off items that you dont need. EG your venue offers tea and coffee after your sit down meal, but you dont want that anyway, or you want to remove the dessert and have your cake as dessert, ask if they can take money off if you remove that option (Still ask for an overall discount but this gives you a head start).

    Always introduce yourself (and try and throw in a handshake for good luck), it will make the transaction a bit more personal, and how can they turn down someone they know a bit better? lol


    So to explain the ins and outs of how I would personally barter I thought I might give you an example.



    I'm looking to buy my wedding dress... As luck would have it a little bridal boutique near me is has a sale coming up so I choose to book in to have a look on that day. After a little look through the rails I find my dream dress. RRP is £1000, but everything in the sale is 25% off!! This means the dress is down to £750. OK so it's a good figure but it's not what I had in mind. I only want to spend £500. While the dress is STILL ON ME, I'll tell the assisstant I am absolutely IN LOVE and it's THE one and only dress. But... well it's a bit more than I was expecting to pay. Is there any chance of any further discount on it? *queue assisstant going off to ask permission*
    "why yes we could give an extra 10% off the price..."
    (bringing the dress down to £675)
    "hmmm... *sad face* I see..... Its still rather more than I intended to pay. Is it possible I could speak to the owner/manager myself?"
    *slops off to get owner/manager*
    when the manager returns I would be formal/polite by offering a hand shake and telling him/her my name...
    "so I was looking at this dress, and I know it's on sale, and that I'm being offered an extra 10% on top of that but I just dont have that much leeway in my budget and I was wondering if we could work something out. If you could come down to £500 for me I can pay here and now in cash and walk away a very happy bride!

    Hopefully that should get the job done!

    Oh and don't be afraid to barter in other situations either! It will make good practice for when it comes to the big stuff. I've been known to get items (rrp around £30) reduced to £5 in Morrison's cause I spoke to a manager LOL. I'm not a tightwad but I do love a good bargain!

    "Who, being loved, is poor?" -Oscar Wilde


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    They are some awesome tips VC; we're trying to do that on a package we like by removing things we don't need or we can do ourselves; just awaiting a reply :)

    Met in 2009
    Got together on12th May 2011, proposed on the 12th May 2013
    When you get knocked down; smile and pick yourself up again!
    Fight for what you believe in!
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    • VintageChic
      CommentAuthorVintageChicGot married 27 months ago
      CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     
    Good luck on your package then!

    I'm sure in the recesses of my mind there are more tips lurking but at the moment my brain is not fully engaged LOL

    "Who, being loved, is poor?" -Oscar Wilde


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    Ha ha well I am sure you will update us when it is fully engaged :P

    Met in 2009
    Got together on12th May 2011, proposed on the 12th May 2013
    When you get knocked down; smile and pick yourself up again!
    Fight for what you believe in!
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    Thank you VC!!!! We're going next Tuesday x

    Ill marry my hero


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    • VintageChic
      CommentAuthorVintageChicGot married 27 months ago
      CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     
    I want to hear all your success stories hehe

    "Who, being loved, is poor?" -Oscar Wilde


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    Can u haggle if u plan to pay finance or direct debit x

    Ill marry my hero


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    • VintageChic
      CommentAuthorVintageChicGot married 27 months ago
      CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     
    Definitely! Just make sure you haggle before you start any sort of contract. EG if you've already started paying the direct debit the price is already agreed on so you cant change it. But until a price is agreed yu can haggle for pretty much anything!

    "Who, being loved, is poor?" -Oscar Wilde


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    • LauraJo87
      CommentAuthorLauraJo87Got married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     
    We saved £500 on our evening buffet....

    They had a set price per head for each individual item, I original got a quote for the cheaper items, then emailed and asked to swap sausage rolls for chicken sate skewers, crisps for a selection of cured meats and mini pork pies for vegetable spring rolls and samosas - if it had been at the original cost for the more 'premium items' it would have been £500 more...I just made dropped hints that I was considering several suppliers and that they were dearer...and that I was stretching my budget as it was...seemed to work.

    Most suppliers like to be able to offer a discount and have this factored into there prices already...

    If they won't move on price, try to get some extras thrown in xx

    My Beating Heart Belongs To You
    30 August 2013

    The First Day Of My Happily Ever After
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    • VintageChic
      CommentAuthorVintageChicGot married 27 months ago
      CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     
    I agree with LauraJo that they factor in a buffer for discounts...

    "Who, being loved, is poor?" -Oscar Wilde


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    • Whovianbride
      CommentAuthorWhovianbrideGot married 29 months ago
      CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     
    Can you haggel if you have already paid a deposit for the date but have not specified any details, and its midweek andalready discounted!

    Met June 2009 on my Birthday,Met again July 2009 and got
    together, May 2010 Moved in,Jan 2011 got pregnant,
    August 2011 Got our own place, 2011 Had our Baby Girl,
    Dec 2011 Got engaged, July 2015 Getting married! Yay!
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    • VintageChic
      CommentAuthorVintageChicGot married 27 months ago
      CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     
    Honestly you can haggle for anything anywhere so long as the details of the contract are not set in stone. I think you're fine to haggle seeing as its only the date you've set a deposit on.

    Its always worth at least trying. the worst that can happen is they say no. The price might not go down but its not going to go up just cause you asked so you've nothing to lose.

    "Who, being loved, is poor?" -Oscar Wilde


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    • Whovianbride
      CommentAuthorWhovianbrideGot married 29 months ago
      CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     
    Thanks!!im general terrible at things like this as have never had to budget coz Im a spoilt only child!

    Met June 2009 on my Birthday,Met again July 2009 and got
    together, May 2010 Moved in,Jan 2011 got pregnant,
    August 2011 Got our own place, 2011 Had our Baby Girl,
    Dec 2011 Got engaged, July 2015 Getting married! Yay!
  14.  
    • LauraJo87
      CommentAuthorLauraJo87Got married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     
    I was a bit nervous about haggling, but remember, most potential customers will do it, particularly with the advent of shows like dttb which always show the groom getting an astoundingly good deal.

    Always think about why they should give you a discount - as vintage chic said, if your wedding is out of season or a weekday this should give you haggling power.

    Other things to consider: is your wedding particularly large? Are there may guests who are likely to be planning a wedding or function soon? Are you happy to use images from your wedding on there website/advertising? Is it short notice, when they'd be unlikely to get another booking? Are they based or affiliated with your wedding venue?

    Go prepared - you want the supplier to think you are well informed and have done your research. Find out a bit about the company, and other local companies in your area.

    If friends have used a supplier, and have successfully negotiated a discount, mention this.

    Xx

    My Beating Heart Belongs To You
    30 August 2013

    The First Day Of My Happily Ever After
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    • VintageChic
      CommentAuthorVintageChicGot married 27 months ago
      CommentTimeAug 8th 2013
     
    Bump

    "Who, being loved, is poor?" -Oscar Wilde


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    • FernP61
      CommentAuthorFernP61Got married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeAug 8th 2013
     
    I love a good deal I pretty much haggle most of the time lol had a half price package for my chair covers and decorations, I wanted certain balloons but the ones in a package wasn't no good so I haggled and got a good price, got an extra 200 off my dress, a bridal shop by me was closing the dresses Werner no good as I already had mine but they had a tiara from 90-25 a garter 30-5 a ring cushion 25-5 my veil was 60-172! And it was Richard designs he tiara is by blossom? My shoes from dune were originally 80 they were in the sale but got them down to 19! My flower girl dresses were 10 each instead of 45, x
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    • ValentinaK
      CommentAuthorValentinaKGot married 3 years ago
      CommentTimeAug 8th 2013
     
    I've haggled on five/six things... my dress ...got 10% off then rounded down £70... my uncle's colleague at the mason runs the dress shop!

    Got the venue for free plus discounted rates at the bar (hence 5/6 things!) because its at a masonic lodge...my Uncle's again!

    Got [email protected] to give us a 10% discount on brand new stock bridesmaid dresses - BIG win!

    Got 10% off wedding Photog from £1500 to £1350 with a personal email going in to all the details of the wedding!

    Got an additional 10% off my wedding shoes that were in the sale at debs

    If you don't ask you don't get... every little bit counts!

    And we lived happily ever after!


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    So Far I've managed to get my venue décor from £375 to £300.

    30% off my wedding dress and a free veil chucked in (RRP: £150)

    I asked if there were any discounts for wedding cakes which there isn't but if we go with the one we have our eye on then they will deliver for free to our venue :)

    Met in 2009
    Got together on12th May 2011, proposed on the 12th May 2013
    When you get knocked down; smile and pick yourself up again!
    Fight for what you believe in!
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    • MelanieH10
      CommentAuthorMelanieH10Got married 20 months ago
      CommentTimeApr 1st 2014 edited
     
    It's always worth asking, my OH is the king of haggling we never pay full price for anything. He always manages to get stuff thrown in too. Our venue has thrown in 6 extra bedrooms and agreed if any offers come up between now and our wedding we can take advantage of them. At the moment they're offering a free hog roast for 2014 weddings so hoping to get something like that! He also got them to agree to paying our deposit in instalments just so we get a little extra interest lol

    Getting married Sunday 1st May 2016 :)


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    • AH86
      CommentAuthorAH86
      CommentTimeApr 1st 2014
     
    All very useful thanks girls.

    I managed to get our venue to include dj, chair covers, cheese boards and a BBQ for evening as well as a candy bar so although we paid going rate, we got a lot more included.

    Another good tip for if you're getting married in a hotel is to find out who their florist is and ask them to use your wedding flowers in the hotel the week of your wedding so that the whole place seems decorated for you! You will usually get a discount by using them as well for matching ceremony flowers/ centre pieces as they will be ordering in bulk any way!

    Friday 10th April 2015
    Marrying my best friend
    Not long now :D
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    Bump for EmmaBabycakes.

    Met in 2009
    Got together on12th May 2011, proposed on the 12th May 2013
    When you get knocked down; smile and pick yourself up again!
    Fight for what you believe in!
  22.  
    • Mrs T. 2 Be
      CommentAuthorMrs T. 2 BeGot married 3 years ago
      CommentTimeApr 5th 2014
     
    It's all about getting quotes from different places. Then deciding who you liked best and going to that company/person with the cheaper quotes.

    This is what we did for our suits. Got it down from £800 to £650 for 7 suits.

    Started Dating: 25th September 2005
    Engaged: 26th September 2012
    Getting Married: 25th May 2014
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamlandGot married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeNov 25th 2014
     
    Bump for newbies

    Married the love of my life on Saturday 11th May 2013 xxx
    Had our dream perfect honeymoon in Hawaii!

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    • CamilaL
      CommentAuthorCamilaLGot married 7 weeks ago
      CommentTimeNov 25th 2014
     
    Loved this!
    I'm having a winter wedding, and the venue brochure doesn't make any special prices for winter weddings... I want some discount :( Soooo expensive! If I could afford paying for that, I would get married during the summer lol
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    I got the honeymoon suite thrown in with my venue as it wasn't included in the package.

    Some great advise thanks for the post x
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    • Katya
      CommentAuthorKatyaGot married 33 months ago
      CommentTimeNov 28th 2014
     
    My venue have just had a change of management.... same company just new manager... .They have also brought in new wedding packages. We didnt go for a wedding "package" as such as it was cheaper creating our own package... much cheaper than any deal we could have haggled... however... the new wedding packages state that if 4 bedrooms are booked then the bridal suite is free so i'm just hoping that we can haggle to have the bridal suite free... there is only 7 bedrooms at the venue & 2 are already spoken for by my guests so im just hoping that i can convince a couple more to book a room there lol

    Find out who you are & do it on purpose!


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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamlandGot married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2016
     
    Bump

    Married the love of my life on Saturday 11th May 2013 xxx
    Had our dream perfect honeymoon in Hawaii!

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    • MrsA2B
      CommentAuthorMrsA2B
      CommentTimeFeb 6th 2016
     
    Great post! I have haggled with everything so far and have managed to get discount on all of them. It's not just about getting money off though, think about what could be included. I got money off my wedding dress but the discounted price Was still much more than I wanted to pay so I asked them to include alterations as they have an in house seamstress. Another £200 (approx) saving!!
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    • MaxineP89
      CommentAuthorMaxineP89Got married 2 months ago
      CommentTimeFeb 6th 2016
     
    Thanks everyone, reading this has given me the confidence to haggle when we go to book our venue in a few weeks time.

    Looking forward to becoming the 3rd and last Mrs McLauchlan


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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamlandGot married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeMar 20th 2016
     
    Bumping for the newbies

    Married the love of my life on Saturday 11th May 2013 xxx
    Had our dream perfect honeymoon in Hawaii!

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    • Ellie95
      CommentAuthorEllie95Getting married in 5 months
      CommentTimeMar 21st 2016
     
    Is it possible to haggle on big name hotels like [email protected]@ld Hotels, We really like Craxton Wood Hotel, but they want £80 pp D: xoxo

    Met May 2013
    Engaged December 2015
    Getting Married 22nd June 2018! <3
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    • StephH96
      CommentAuthorStephH96Got married 17 months ago
      CommentTimeMar 21st 2016
     
    Ellie I would definitely haggle on that one. If you've ever seen DTTB you'll know that they always knock the price way down (yes cos they are on telly) but that tells you they have a nice little profit margin they can work with.
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    • Ellie95
      CommentAuthorEllie95Getting married in 5 months
      CommentTimeMar 22nd 2016
     
    I will have a go then :P no idea how to go about it though xoxo

    Met May 2013
    Engaged December 2015
    Getting Married 22nd June 2018! <3
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    • StephH96
      CommentAuthorStephH96Got married 17 months ago
      CommentTimeMar 22nd 2016
     
    Have a think about how much you want to pay, and how much the total is. Go in a bit under that and then lay it on thick. Also worth asking if they have any sort of military discount?
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamlandGot married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeMay 14th 2016
     
    Bumpity bump

    Married the love of my life on Saturday 11th May 2013 xxx
    Had our dream perfect honeymoon in Hawaii!

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamlandGot married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeJan 30th 2017
     
    Bump

    Married the love of my life on Saturday 11th May 2013 xxx
    Had our dream perfect honeymoon in Hawaii!

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    • MrsC2Be
      CommentAuthorMrsC2BeGot married 8 months ago
      CommentTimeJan 30th 2017
     
    we are having a thursday wedding, have asked every company for a discount for a weekday wedding and weve saved thousands, hate to thing what our final figure would be if it was a saturday :O x

    Met In Lanzarote April 2013
    Engaged In Rome February 2016
    Getting Married In Scotland May 2017
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    • greyarea
      CommentAuthorgreyarea
      CommentTimeFeb 7th 2017
     
    We are going for a weekday wedding too once we have our date set in stone I'm going to emailing around
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamlandGot married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeMay 6th 2017
     
    Mid week weddings arw definitely good for negotiating prices.

    Married the love of my life on Saturday 11th May 2013 xxx
    Had our dream perfect honeymoon in Hawaii!

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamlandGot married 4 years ago
      CommentTimeJan 1st 2018
     
    Bumping for newbies x

    Married the love of my life on Saturday 11th May 2013 xxx
    Had our dream perfect honeymoon in Hawaii!

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