Major Freakout! Caterer Final Inovice 4k OVER Proposal! HELP!

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
Member
1028 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

First I am sorry this is happening to you so close to your wedding. And while I dont have any experience with this why isnt he referring to the quote provided? Was their a rate increase that he didnt inform you of or was there an allotted number of days to book the services or the prices would increase? It just doesnt make any sense how there was this change after he gave you a quote for the things you requested. Is it too late to find someone else? Or have you already paid him a deposit which I’m sure is non-refundable at this point…

Post # 4
eagleBee
1552 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

Do you have his quote in writing?  Is it a guaranteed quote? 

If the answer is no to either of those questions, you probably have no grounds.  And since you haven’t paid him yet, he has no obligation to do your wedding…. 

I’d try to get it down, but if you can’t – then you’re going to have to pay.  

Post # 6
Member
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’d email or better yet call one more time and be nice.  See what they can do for you.  If that doesn’t work, I’d get your fiance to call and have him go into bitch mode lol.  It’s absolutely 100% wrong, but a lot of times men can get better negotiations with people because they are not seen as “emotional” as women often are.

Post # 7
Member
528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ohmybears48:  The proposal isn’t a set in stone price. It’s a guideline. Your caterer should have made this clear. Prices will vary depending on your final headcount and the amount of booze consumed.

Post # 9
Member
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Did you have a contract?  With all of our vendors the contract mentioned the quotes, so that if their rates increased down the line we still pay the amount we originally agreed to.  Our final catering cost will depend on the final headcount, but we have in writing the cost per head.

Did you have a choice where the rentals came from?  Can you use your own source or are you required to use the one they found?

Post # 10
Member
8426 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Mrs. Eagle:  +1, whether or not it’s in writing makes all the difference in the world.

Post # 13
Member
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The EXACT same thing happened with my florist (right down  to taking way longer than they should have to get me the final numbers). They were assholes about it though, and I ultimately ended up firing them two weeks before the wedding-every time I suggested cutting anything their response was “that will look awful”.

Anywho! I would first suggest going back to them and leveling with them. Tell them what the budget needs to add up to, and ask what can be done to get it there. 

If that doesn’t work,  you might have to play hardball: look in your contract and compare costs from the proposal to the final contract. I know with our caterer that since we signed up so early (we also had a longer engagement), we were guaranteed the prices in place at the time we signed  so if the cost of chicken went up between signing and the wedding,  we paid the cheaper price.

It will work out. promise.

Post # 14
Member
8426 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ohmybears48:  I would try just being honest with them.  It’s not like you were expecting to get items for free, you budgeted extra, but there’s a limit.  I would tell him that you have $X amount and that is your max and see what they can do.  Hopefully he’ll be reasonable and you guys can have your wedding without going over.  Best of luck!

Post # 16
Member
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

I think your last email was a wise thing to do. Let him know what your working with. Good Luck bee!

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