Just like in any country, lack of knowledge or unfamiliarity leads to missing out on good opportunities or deals. Having a bit of local knowledge and working with someone local at the destination who regularly does business with various suppliers and vendors locally will not only save you money but also a lot of unwanted stress.
Choosing the right event/ wedding planner is the key to finding reliable and reasonable vendors and suppliers in Europe. The event/ wedding planner should have previously organised weddings in the city you are considering and must have a network of reliable suppliers from all over Europe. This will not only give you choices but also the power to negotiate.
Sometimes the price is not the only way to negotiate a good deal. Many suppliers may not be able to go below a certain price, but there may be other auxiliary services that they can throw in to sweeten the deal for you. These complimentary services may be a better deal than just trying to drive the price down.
Indian weddings are large events for these countries. Western weddings are relatively smaller in scale and budget. Some vendors view Indian weddings as a major business opportunity while others a lifetime opportunity at creating something exotic and beautiful. In both cases, they are very eager to work with you. Use this positivity to keep a friendly relationship going to explore a win-win situation.
During our expert consultation and specially during the accompanied recce, we do our best to inform our clients about these nuances. This goes a long way in avoiding an abrasive haggling exercise around the prices and lays a strong foundation for a solid win-win relationship with the supplier of your choice.