There are plenty of ways to save on your Milwaukee wedding, but timing is an essential element of getting a great bargain for your cheap wedding. If you’ve got the time, can you work ahead, then choosing the right time of year, month or day can make a huge difference to how much you can save.
The wedding industry, like most industries is cyclical. There are peak times and non-peak times for various suppliers. If you contact a supplier during a non-peak time, they’re much more likely to be responsive to negotiating with you. You can certainly use this to your advantage and get extras discounts off your wedding, just by timing your conversations right.
Some examples might be:
- Jewellers are typically busy around December and February as these are typical times that people buy gifts for loved ones (Christmas and Valentines Day).
- Wedding dress boutiques are busy from January through to June as people have generally just got engaged or are preparing for a summer wedding. They’re very quiet though in October, November and December and clear out old stock at the end of summer.
- Hotels are busy with bookings in the summer months and during the party season of December, but they tend to be quieter in late summer and just after New Year.
- Photographers are busy in late spring and summer as the wedding season starts. So speak to them around autumn or Christmas which would be typically quiet times.
- Caterers are usually busy in summer and at Christmas as the party season gets in full swing. Catch them in autumn, January or February for good deals.
For certain items, the time of the month is important. Sales assistants often work based on targets and bonuses, so if you go into a store and find an eager sales assistant it’s likely they need to meet their target, therefore they’re keen to sell. The more likely time that an assistant is keen is towards the end of the month when they get their pay packet with their bonus.
With timing, it’s not just about the time of year you contact suppliers, it’s also the time of day too. It’s important that you give yourself plenty of time, so avoid the end of day. You don’t want to be rushed into settling for a price, when you could have spent the time getting to know the sales assistant and getting a bigger discount or lots of added extras thrown in for free!
If you’re looking to negotiate on your wedding, it’s not just timing that’s important. There are plenty of other things to think about too, including your rapport with the seller, your competitor knowledge and of course the right language you should use to ensure you get exactly what you want at the price you want.
Nicola Ray is the owner of Cheap-Wedding-Success.co.uk, a website dedicated to helping brides save on their wedding. With 100′s of articles, tips and ideas, it’s the perfect place to start planning your wedding. Negotiate Your Way To A Cheap Wedding, a 137-page eBook is sold through Cheap-Wedding-Success.co.uk.