Why Thorough Planning is the Key to Wedding Negotiation
By Nicola Ray
If you're going to succeed at wedding negotiation, you need to make sure you prepare thoroughly. Knowing exactly what you want, what you need and what's available at what price will stand you in good stead for getting more for your money and saving a considerable amount on your wedding. It can mean the difference between saving hundreds or saving thousands on your wedding.
So how do you go about it? Well, it's all about managing your budget and planning carefully. If you know exactly how much things cost and how much you've got to spend, you'll know what you can and can't have, but you'll also know what you could stretch to, or make your supplier stretch to.
Being forearmed with detailed information of what's available out there and speaking to lots of different suppliers is the basis for your negotiations. You'll have an understanding of the marketplace, be knowledgeable and know exactly what you can get for your money.
This kind of knowledge is invaluable as suppliers will take you seriously; you'll be able to able to play one supplier off against another or simply use the information to get more for your money.
Then once you've nailed down your budget and thoroughly considered all aspects of your wedding, you know what's available out there and you know who you want to go with, you need to know how to ask for discounts, or ask for more so you get exactly what you want. This is a difficult skill and where most negotiators slip up, but with the right language and tried and tested techniques, you're guaranteed to get the response you want. Thinking about these things and planning out your techniques all fall into the careful planning you should be doing in order to save on your wedding.
Do you think a successful businessman goes into a negotiation with a supplier without preparing? And if he did, do you think he'd win? I think we both know the answer to that one. Planning is critical to success, not matter what type of negotiation you're doing. So with your wedding, arm yourself with tools you need to succeed and you'll save thousands.
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 and retails at £14.99.
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