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Help!! Negotiating hotel deposit

Hi,We're getting married in Hawaii on July 2, 2011. we've already picked the hotel we want, but they want a $2500 deposit right off. Has anyone been able to negotiate down the deposit or been able to come up with something more reasonable for a date that's still two years off? What would be the best way to go about this? I'm a horrible negotiator and could really use some guidance on this. Thanks!!!

Re: Help!! Negotiating hotel deposit

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    My only suggestion is to consider what percentage of your total cost is the deposit? My deposit worked out to be about 10% now, with about 9 months to go. You could ask them if you could put say 10% down now... and work out a payment plan where you don't pay so much so far in advanced. I have a friend who is getting married in July of 2011 and she was trying to reserve a limo bus and they wanted a 50% deposit... kinda crazy if you ask me!
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