Top Tips for Negotiating When Finalizing a Wedding Venue

There’s no shame in admitting that negotiating on your dream wedding venue can prove to be not so dreamy! If you hire a wedding planner, they can obviously help you out with it through their expert guidance and contacts. But if you want to seal the deal on your own, there are a few necessary facts and steps to remember while negotiating. Read on to know more.

Understanding the Options

It’s not always possible to negotiate every term to your venue of choice. Look for any wiggle room to make things work for both sides. The areas of negotiation can be timeline, payment schedule, and menu, especially if the venue has its own catering service. But certain clauses are generally not up for negotiations. For example, there can be a strict rule about music due to the noise ordinance of the locality, or certain lighting or special effects might be banned if the venue is a historical site.

Finding a Middle Ground

Regardless of all your efforts, your dream venue may not be willing to budge on a thing or two. If you’re not ready to let the venue go, look for something else that can be compromised on. In many cases, finding such a middle ground works out for both parties. But if that last try fails too, it’s better to walk away. You need to decide your stance here thoughtfully and reasonably.

Picking the Battles

Wedding planning is a stressful and time-consuming effort. So, instead of wasting time on something secondary, focus on negotiating only those terms that will make or break your big day. Also, while starting the negotiation, approach the venue like purchasing a house. Never reveal that you’re considering this venue only, even if you are doing it! Instead, maintain the approach that the venue is no doubt your first choice, but you’re ready to go elsewhere as per your budget. Sometimes playing hard to get is not the worst idea.

Keeping it Kind

Another key is to be kind. Maintaining a demanding and entitled attitude or getting angry over a refusal won’t help you to get what you want, but will only make things more difficult. Always try to communicate your vision and terms calmly and in a considerate manner. Express your sincere excitement about the venue, and be kind while explaining the reason behind the changes you want. It’s a tried and tested fact that, if the negotiation goes on calmly and kindly, the venue managers are more likely to budge to make things happen.

Groom Experiences “Just the Best Thing in the World” by Watching His Paralyzed Bride Walking Down the Aisle

Brittney and Glen Hitchcock Courtesy Brittney Hitchcock

For all the grooms in the world, seeing their brides walking down the aisle is one of the most amazing experiences ever. For Glen Hitchcock, it was not the same, but a bit more, when he became emotional seeing his paralyzed bride walking down the aisle on their wedding day.

The Miracle Maker

Brittany and Glen Hitchcock Courtesy Brittany Hitchcock

Walking down the aisle in a long bridal gown and veil was never a cakewalk for 26 years old Brittney, the new wife of 29 years old Glen. Four years ago, Brittney became paralyzed in an ATV crash and been told by the Indiana doctors, that she would never walk again in life. But the mom of two refused to accept that and got determined almost immediately to turn her own fate. She started to keep pushing herself to do the impossible. Her resolution only got strengthened in April 2018, when she started dating Glen. Eventually, Glen proposed a year and a half later, and the couple prepared themselves to welcome their first child together. Brittney’s iron spirit finally made the miracle, when the pregnant mom of two walked down the aisle toward her groom, just with the help of a walker.

The Struggle Behind

The couple and the family went through a tiring emotional ordeal during the last four years. It was particularly nerve-wracking for Brittney, who left no stone unturned to defy all odds. After watching her sisters walk down the aisle with her father, Brittney got inspired to overcome the physical obstacle to do the same in her own wedding. Like an ideal supportive partner, Glen was also there to keep her focused in every step of the recovery. Glen recalled the experience as draining from time to time, but none of them stopped pushing harder the boundaries and supporting each other. Glen rooted for Brittney’s willpower and was confident about the success to happen one way or another. Making it true, after a serious infection and several surgeries, Brittney was finally discharged from the hospital and started undergoing regular physical therapy.

The Big Day

As imagined, there were lots of happy tears and emotional moments on the day of their wedding. Seeing her bride walking towards him down the aisle, was “just the best thing in the world” for Glen, who was enthralled by every type of emotion at that amazing moment. Seeing family and friends in tears, present there for Glen and her, was a very touching experience for Brittney. Now, the Wonder Woman is preparing herself for walking a longer journey than the aisle.