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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Speak Up!

Over and over again I hear brides complain about the costs of their weddings. But I have no patience with brides and grooms who don't negotiate (yes ladies you can bring your groom into this). Almost anything is negotiable. The trick is to find out what your 'must haves' are, and use them as bargaining chips. If your venue is offering something you don't want, ask to substitute something of similar value. Often having your groom there allows you to play good bride/bad groom, the wedding version of good cop/bad cop. The bride can wax enthusiastic about the venue, but the groom points out the negatives. This cues the vendor into the fact that you're not going to use them if you have to pay full price for their product or venue. Also If you are a do it yourself-er and making your own centerpieces and favors, when are buying supplies in bulk from your craft store you can often manage to get a nice discount just by asking for one. Don't buy your supplies from a store that specializes in bridal accessories or craft items, they are less likely to discount. So remember, if you don't ask, you deserve to pay full price, just don't tell me about it.

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