Don’t think that just because an event has been branded a “special occasion” means it’s a sacred cow when it comes to pricing. Negotiating the price of limo or salon services for a prom or wedding can help keep the overall costs of extravaganzas from soaring into the stratosphere. As in many cases, shopping around is the key here. “Your competitor will charge me X but I’d really rather patronize your business” is a nice way of asking for a better deal without sounding confrontational. Since you’re dealing, for the most part, with small local businesses, there’s a good chance they’ll be receptive, especially if it’s a business you patronize regularly.
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