(Closed) Catered changed menu/prices after invites sent

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 4
1962 posts
Buzzing bee

Have you called the caterer and made sure that this will apply to you?  I think you should and mention exactly what you have told us.  Negotiation time is on!

Post # 5
24 posts
  • Wedding: November 2009

Did you list the specific description of the entree on your invites or are they general like chicken, pork, beef, fish?  If they are general I would call the catering manager back and see if there was a way to change the preparation of the entree with side dishes to put them back in your price range.  With the economy the way it is, use it in your favor!  If you did list the specific description, see if they can go back to the same preparation as before so that it can stay in your price range.  You could also ask them to serve a smaller portion to put the price back down.  For example, if their higher price item is a 10 oz Filet, see if they can do a 6 oz at the lower price.  No one will know the difference.  Sometimes a heartfelt phone call will go a long way. 

Post # 6
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I would not change the menu, particularly from one type of meat to another (ie pork to chicken).  Did you put something descriptive on your RSVP cards or was it Pork or Fish?

Anyways, that doesn’t answer your question about what to do…I would call the caterer mention that you checked the website and you want clarification on the prices and meals they will be serving.  If they are not to your liking than I would mention your discontent and ask what can be done about it (hopefully they will give you a discount or not change the food). 

Good Luck!

Post # 7
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Have you talked to the caterer about this?  Is it possible their menu changed for upcoming clients but not for you?  If your menu really did change, I would be pretty upset about it!  But, if it’s written into your contract, I guess I would just suck it up and pay the extra for the pork dish.  As a guest, I would have chosen pork and I’d be a little miffed if I ended up with chicken.  As far as the fish dish goes, I don’t think many people will notice that it has changed (unless it’s a totally different type of fish). 

Whatever you finally decide on, though, I doubt anyone will complain directly to you.  I mean, it is still a free meal, right?  Even if they don’t get what they had originally ordered? 

Post # 8
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

It seems like your question about the pricing has been addressed, but I just wanted to offer that as a guest I’m not likely to remember what I asked for. I would keep the kind of meat the same, but I wouldn’t notice if they swiched potatoes for rice or something… especially if the menu was on the reply card and the guests no longer have them. Even if someone noticed a change, I doubt anyone would mention it as long as it’s not a dietary restriciton issue.

Post # 10
2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

How large is your wedding?? I’m wondering, if you had a smaller wedding (say, less than 150), would it be possible to contact those individuals who do RSVP for the pork option, just explain that it is no longer available, and ask them if they would prefer chicken or fish? I just think a $4.00 hike per head is something that is clearly not realistic in your budget this close to the wedding and it would be better just to politely explain the switch to your guests, if possible. If you’re planning a huge wedding, possibly get several relatives involved to make phone calls??

I would just be cautious about changing without notice… in case of allergies (especially if you change the entree choice to fish) you might be unaware of. 

 Good luck. Sorry your caterer wouldn’t budge on this issue :-(. Hope you’re able to get it resolved!

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