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Getting the best deal for your wedding.

Nobody likes to spend money that they dont have to, but we British are rubbish at, and HATE bartering, just ank anyone who's ever been shopping in Tunisia!

 

So - heres my top five tips on what to DO to get what you want, with the service you deserve.

and a couple of tips on what NOT to do.

DO

1 - Know what you can afford and how important it is to YOUR wedding

Pointless spending an hour or even a minute discussing something you neither want nor can afford, later on you may need something else from that supplier who now thinks you’re a time waster and ramps up the prices.

2 - Google is your friend, facebook is your enemy - research.

The chap wants 500 and a google search tells you the going rate is 450, perfect, this is your ammunition, a chap on facebook is offering the same deal for 100 and tells you he’s the best. Of course, it’s easy to be the best AND cheapest when you've no idea what youre doing and don't plan on being around for the wedding.

3 - Be complimentary

Telling the cake lady that her cakes are the best ever and your guests will love it and tell everyone about it, is a powerful bargaining tool. Telling her “it’s only a cake, why is it so expensive?” is unlikely to get you any discount.

4 - Be specific

“I need 75 of those, in cream and I need them on this date and collected the same night” is specific., the supplier can quote accurately based on it and build it into a work schedule. Lage tack ons or reductions are ALWAYS more expensive

5 - Be prepared to say no, and mean it.

It's not what you want, or it’s not what you can justify spending, say thank you and walk away. Of course if they follow you, you are in a better bargaining position. Just be up front, “I want this and can pay this” If the supplier can't do it, they can't do it!

 

DON’T

1 - Haggle for the sake of it, wasting a suppliers time will get you a worse service, even from different suppliers.

2 - Be rude about the offering.

You don’t like it, that’s fine, you don’t have to tell the supplier that the wedding car they have is a hideous colour, someone else loves it.

3 - Be Forceful

Yay - well done you, you screwed them down another 20, of course they resent you and you are not going to get the best personal service, but wow, that’s a bottle of Gin, right?

4 - Under specify

You book 30 cupcakes and then get them to make it 33 for no more money and then add another 2 on and suddenly, the price has shot up! Of course it has, they are making sure the next 3 you add on for nothing is included somewhere.

5 - NEVER BE RUDE.

It is your wedding and you want it your way but this is a stressful time for everyone, even the wedding professionals. Rolling your eyes and tutting loudly does not identify you as someone in charge of the situation, it identifies you as someone to be charged top dollar because you are clearly “hard work”

 

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