- 7 years ago
- Wedding: August 2011
I’m afraid I made a big mistake. We submitted requests for proposals to seven different catering companies. Most of the companies, with the exception of one, were priced within the same range, give or take a couple thousand. We selected our top three, including the one that priced the highest (the other two very similar).
When speaking to the highest price caterer, I wanted to find out why they were more. I told them that they were significantly above the range of the other caterers (approximately $8,000 above the others). Food price per person was more, as well as rentals and staffing. Note each caterer received the same menu, requests, and staff to guests ratio preferred. The highest priced caterer asked me who the other companies are and the areas in which the price was different – additionally, the caterer asked me by how much are they different. Without thinking, I provided the information. (I didn’t say which company was what price, but the caterer could probably figure it out since we told them which were our top choices).
After the conversation, a feeling of sickness overcame me. I feel I was disloyal to the other two caterers (in our top 3 list) by givng out such information (about prices and where the prices are different).
Now, I’m paranoid the other caterers will find out. Did I make a huge no-no in the area of etiquette? I feel so guilty, especially when the other two caterers (who are priced reasonably) have been so kind. Help…