Budget Wedding? How About Friday Night?
Friday Night Weddings = Money-$aving Opportunity!
I love Friday night weddings! Not only do they $ave you money, they offer you lots of TLC (tender loving care). Let me explain.
Saturday nights are premium nights when it comes to weddings--and for that reason, vendors/venues are unwilling to negotiate price. If you don't want to pay their price for a particular Saturday night, chances are they've got a bride-to-be in the wings who will be more than glad to accommodate them and take the date.
But Fridays are a different cup of tea and tend to be more difficult to book. For that reason, vendors/venues are more than willing to negotiate price to get your business!
Friday Night Weddings: Negotiation = Success!
The key to $aving money with a Friday night wedding is negotiation! You must be a good negotiator, and if you're not, you need to find a family member who is, to do the negotiating for you.
In other words, if a catering manager says, "Our price for the sit-down dinner you're considering is $75 per person, including the wedding cake..." Your negotiator must counter with, "This wedding is Friday night, which is a great opportunity for you to do business you wouldn't have had and a great opportunity for us to save money... How about a 10% decrease across the board, and a beef upgrade?"
All they can say is no... and chances are, they won't, especially if you've been to their competition, who's offered you a better deal!
And that's another key to successful negotiation! Know the competition and what they're offering to get your business. Use that information to negotiate!
NOTE: These negotiations should take place with all wedding vendors, not just wedding venues.
Overcoming Obstacles to Friday Night Weddings!
Many of my clients have said to me, "If I have a Friday night wedding, a lot of people won't be able to come!" Hogwash! Those who mean the most to you, your families and close friends will come and others will find a way--and I say that from experience. People are always looking for an excuse to take time off.
A Friday night wedding should start at six p.m., with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres served from seven to eight, and dinner and dancing from eight to 11 p.m. or midnight. Saturday is a day for brunch, if applicable, or for out-of-town guests to relax and have fun before returning home on Saturday or Sunday.
And then, there's the TLC factor. Friday night means that your event will be the first of the weekend for vendors/venues. That's when their energy levels are the highest, meaning you'll get the best service!
P.S. Visit Deborah McCoy, AAWP: www.aa-wp.com