Do your research.Look for vendors that list their prices; find out what your friend paid for her DJ last summer; email a few caterers and see if they can send a few sample menus. Get to know reasonable pricing for your area.
Some venues and vendors- such as the stunning estate pictured below, Malibu Rocky Oaks – are priced at a premium on a peak Saturday night. Many couples are considering weeknight wedding dates to receive concessions from vendors and venues.
Couples who charge into the wedding negotiation process like a bull in a china shop with a contentious haggling style, tend to put everyone on the offensive. But offering a solid reason will open the door to brokering a fair compromise.