(Closed) Are Caterers All This Flaky?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Member
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I had a lot of trouble working things out with my caterer. I’d call the office and the girl who answered the phones said that I needed to talk to whoever was the chef. I was panicking because we were still trying to book him maybe 6 weeks before the wedding. I’m trying to remember the exact timeline.

In my case, it worked because the caterer was available and could do what we wanted, but if he kept “missing my calls” and being out of touch for 2 weeks that close to the wedding it would have been a disaster if I needed to book someone else!

I’d say just push to talk to these caterers when you can and let the last person you mentioned know that you were expecting their call. Say, “I was expecting to hear from Sue on Monday and I’m calling to follow up on discussing my wedding…” I think you’ll be fine, just put in some more work! If someone is suspiciously flaky, you can cut them loose — I know my experience speaks to the contrary but I’d say if they don’t want to talk to you they don’t want/ deserve your business.

Post # 4
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545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I emailed the caterers directly and told them about the event, date, number of people, etc. Most of them would respond within days with price quotes.  Only a couple would take a long time and sometimes I had to email them and remind them.  Otherwise, it hasn’t been so bad for us.   I also called a place where they didn’t use email and she talked ot me about what I wanted and then took down my email address and sent me a proposal within two  business days.  Once they sent out a proposal, they seem to respond more quickly to my subsequent contacts.

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