Am I getting ripped off? I'm such a newb…

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have found when I put a deposit down, it meant that was the price I was getting.  It held the spot and the price.  Thats why a lot of people book things before the new year.  If you signed a contract I would check and see if anything like that is mentioned.  

Post # 4
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

If you have enough time to quickly price some other caterers it might be worth it. I think it’s reasonable for you to take a little time to decide before you sign and have them deposit your check.

Like @tootsweet: when I signed our contract I was able to lock in 2013 pricing for everything. But since you’re saying your contract stated prices would go up in the new year and they didn’t specifiy by how much then you’re kind of stuck if you stay with them.


Post # 5
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t think it’s too late to look elsewhere.  I booked my caterer 5 months out, and they were awesome.

Post # 6
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@PolleninLove:  If you signed the contract and paid the deposit in 2013, I’m shocked that they’re trying to charge you 2014 rates.  Normally you sign exactly what you will pay per person in the contract.  The contract should state that it will be $x/pp and that is what you’ll be paying.

Post # 7
2798 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Check your contract.  Read every line.  A price increase isn’t unreasonable.  A 22% price increase is unreasonable.

I would not hesitate to threaten to get a lawyer involved, or a complaint to the BBB, bad online review, the works. 

Post # 10
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m not sure if that’s normal but, I’d say that 3% is a standard year to year increase for business’s. I would look around myself, even if you lost your 100.00 deposit, that’s cheaper than paying an extra 600 for “their basic package” as he puts it.

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