You asked: "Can we negotiate on prices with suppliers?"

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Hawke & Hughes wedding planner Emma Zamani-Hawke says: "A large chunk of your budget will go on hiring a venue, so negotiating with the owners could save you a sizable amount."

"Think about dates as this is the easiest way to get a saving. Going 'off-peak' from October to March or booking on a weekday will give you good bargaining power."

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"When it comes to other suppliers, there' s no harm in asking. Even if they're reluctant to offer a monetary saving, perhaps they could give you an additional extra - the photographer could offer a canvas print, for example."

"The more you purchase or book from a particular supplier the better position you'll be in."

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