As a supplier myself I kind of hate myself for writing this post! Obviously we are all trying to run businesses, often we are self employed, or only employ 1 or 2 people meaning that every penny counts for us.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t get deals from time to time though! Especially if you know what you are doing.
Check the time of year
It’s well documented in the wedding industry that there are busy times and there are quiet times. This means that cashflow is always a problem for suppliers. If you ask at a quieter time of year then you may well get a better price than during busy times.
Often wedding suppliers require a booking fee with the remainder being due a certain amount of time before the wedding day. Some suppliers may be prepared to offer a discount if you pay upfront. This ties in well with the previous point. If you can time the booking with paying up front you could get a really good price.
This is the biggest thing. As many of us are self employed we are always looking to do what we can for our clients. Plus you never know, they may have had a big car bill, or their boiler might have broken and could be facing a large bill, your offer may come at just the right time for them!
Look at different packages
Suppliers often have multiple packages that can work for different weddings. While they might think that the package they are offering you is perfect for your wedding day, that doesn’t mean that it is the right one for you. No one knows your wedding better than you! So, if you’re uncomfortable with the amount in the package they are offering you, ask them if they have a smaller package.
Some suppliers will never adjust prices, and that’s ok. If they are out of your budget that doesn’t mean that you can’t have them. If you really want to have them at your wedding you can look at your budget and see how you can move some money from other places that aren’t as important to allow you to have the wedding you really want.