baby beach, the amazing rock formations, but pretty much everything else too
negotiation in Aruba
So I've been reading all these books on how to plan a wedding and one thing that seems pretty consistant in all of them is the advice to never take an estimate for granted and always negotiate down because apparently everytime a vendors hears "wedding" - the prices go up.
Aruba brides - I'd love to hear from your experience: is this a common thing in Aruba? Are people open to negotiation or will they be offended as they've already given you the best price or do they expect to be negotiated with? I'd appreciate any insights.
Feel free to also pm me since now i can finally send/receive messages if you don't feel comfortable discussing in the open.
vendors are definitely open to negotiation and always want your service. if you tell them that this is your budget for flowers, dj, etc they are always willing to work with you. we did that with several of our vendors and had no problems negotiating prices.
feel free to check out our wedding review and let me know if you have any questions.
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We too negotiated. We used a wedding coordinator for our planning and took the package she gave us and broke down each individual piece. There were parts of the set package that we choose that we didn't want/need so we negotiated for other things. We also were able to cut down the costs for flowers, photographer, hair/make up and the cake without having to compromise on quality. Most are willing to work within your budget. Good luck!