Post # 1
So… some of you may have seen my post on our pastor bailing when our wedding was only 44 days away. (which totally sucked since we checked that one off of our list MONTHS ago) Well today we found a new one! Yay! How exciting! However, that bit of good news was quickly put on hold when we got an email that our caterer would be retiring and his associate would be taking over. So the question is: “What do we do?” Do we go with someone else? Ask him to make an exception for one last catering hoorah? It is funny because I thought I would be totally freaking out but I think I have definitely hit the stride of the “oh we” phase. With 39 days to go everything seems to be or have some sort of glitch. Oh well! The show much go on! So the question is what would you do?
1)Stay with this caterer? Even though you don’t know much about this new associate?
2)Bail and scour the net and ask all your friends until you for a new one?
3) Call the old caterer and beg him to come back!?!?!?!
Post # 3
keep it simple and stick it out
Post # 4
I’d stick with the associate and hope and pray for the best! I’d think the new associate would be of the same caliber as the other one (and probably want to do his/her best at your wedding, as it’ll be one of the first big events of their new position).
Post # 5
My first thought is “What does your contract say?”. If your contract says that that specific caterer is cooking for you, then I’d call him up and have a chat. If not, why not talk to said new associate and ask about coming in to sample some of his cooking? I don’t think that’s an unreasonable request considering you’re probably paying him a large sum of money in a month!
Post # 6
I would stay with the associate. I’m assuming the associate worked with the original person for a reasonable period of time and has experience.
Post # 7
This is an interesting point for all of the brides out there with signed contracts. My contract says ______ catering company la la la. Because it is a catering company the specific person isn’t guarteed. So basically if they sell the company you are stuck with whomever they sell it to unless it says otherwise. These little details I never really thought to ask. Did anyone else think of this before signing? Or am I alone here?
Post # 8
Id stick with it. Isnt it the same catering company, just a different person now? Im sure your original caterer is a professional that will pass along all your notes to his associate to make sure you get what you discussed. Maybe see ifyou can arrange a meeting with him and the new person before he retires?
Post # 9
In response to your second post, I dont think its very often that a catering company is sold… I can see what you mean about if you book a caterer and that contact is no longer there but unfortunately thats how the catering business is. Unless you own your own company, many managers change jobs frequently after learning what they need to. Its not uncommon for managers to only stay 1-2 years before going to a new opportunity.
Post # 10
It would have been nice to sit down with everyone before he left, however, he literally sent us an email saying today was his last day and this is who our contact would be from now on! We called his personal cell last night and he assures us that the new person is great and we’ll be in giid hands. The bummer is we have to start over with a site visit etc. (we are getting married at my parents house)
The long and short of it is we are staying put! Hopefully this works out!