(Closed) HELP! Exclusive caterers and all are too expensive for us!

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Wow, I’m sorry to hear about this. Hmmm, is it possible for you to cut the menu itself down such as take out the cocktail or hor d’ouerves? Or opt to get more inexpensive items, such as chicken over steak or a cheaper fish? Have you checked to see if they may cut you a better deal if you pay all cash? This trick seems to be helping me with some vendors. Usually they knock off tax or throw in some freebies such as waive delivery fees.  I would definitely speak to the wedding venue manager and see what he or she may do for you. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Sounds like you’re going to have to cut other places in your budget, like flowers, decor, rentals, your dress, attendant gifts, hair and makeup, etc. If you chip away a little at each of those areas, you shouldn’t have a problem!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Or how about doing a buffet instead of sit-down? Or heavy apps instead of a sitdown or buffet?  Is there a child menu that is 1/2 price?  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What are the hidden fees and costs etc. that are making this much of a difference? I’m not sure how you can cut food but maybe some Bees can help you deal with whatever the hidden costs were for!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think the heavy apps idea is a good one- for the bar can you limit choices to save money? Like only have a signature cocktail and basic choices like wine and beer? Can you ask for the food to be dropped off and then have guests help themselves buffet style with disposables to save costs on setup & labor?

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Can you BYOB, or do a limited bar? Will the venue allow a non-preferred caterer for a fee? Ours has a $500 charge for non-preferred vendors, plus $200 charge if they want 3 hours to prep instead of 2.

There may be other ways to cut costs, like others mentioned- simple DIY flowers (we’re doing calla lillies & Asiatic lillies) and DIY centerpieces (cheap votives on mirrors- done!) can give you a lot towards your catering costs. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

That’s crazy that they can’t/won’t work with you. Skip the alcohol. Skip the appetizer hour. Cut out any extra desserts beyond your basic wedding cake. Go down the list of what they offer/provide and have them deduct what you don’t want/need that is out of your budget. If they still refuse to budge, put your foot down with the venue manager and let them know what is going on.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

What hidden fees are there that seemingly made the food go completely over budget??

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This is very deceptive of them, which sends all kinds of red flags. If this is how they are during the planning, don’t expect anything to improve come your wedding day. If the website is truly outdated, it is their responsibility to update it, not rip you off as they are doing. Get on the phone with the venue manager first thing Monday morning and get this straightened out through them since the catering company refuses to budge, as they need to know the catering company is shady and hopefully your experience will be enough to make them reconsider recommending them to others.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t have any suggestions other than what’s already been said, but I wanted to say that’s a horrible way to do business!! I’d definitely use one of the other preferred caterers if they won’t honor anything they have published online. That’s one of their responsibilities as a company! I’m sorry this is happening to you so close to the wedding! 🙁

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

UGH! Sounds AWFUL! I’d consider changing venues at this point?!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Can you change venues????? this sounds fishy….and if it’s REALLY not what you want you should consider this if it’s an option….

 

They make you pay cake cutting fees even if you have cupcakes?  my venue actually told us that they prefer NOT charging cake cutting fees, and will cut a couple pieces of cake and plate them then put the cake on a dessert table with a knife for guests to help themselves…..this saves us almost $4 a person, and the VENUE suggested it!!!!

I was very careful picking our venue, if anything sounded off or was not upfront with costs in initial emails we didn’t even go see them…our venue emailed us and was 100% upfront with costs, as was the contract we signed with them…..and the fact that they already tried to save us some money with cake cutting, and with decor ideas that are low budget, i knew we made the right choice…..

Good luck!  I hope youfind something that you like and works for you….

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2016

How can they legally charge for the cake cutting???  I would be alllll over their asses!!! Not your fault the website is outdated… can you print it and make a case??

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