(Closed) Pick My Battles? Merlot VS Sangria

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: What Should I do?
    Push for Sangria W/O additional $1 : (9 votes)
    24 %
    Drop the Sangria and push for Asian Station modifications instead : (8 votes)
    22 %
    Push for Sangria w/o additional $1 AND Asian Stations modifications! : (19 votes)
    51 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    3762 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I agree that sangria premade is probably cheaper than wine.  However, your caterer maybe isn’t comfortable serving that pre-made stuff or they dont’ realize that is what you are asking for.  Real Sangria is easy to make but it does require some extra supplies and therefore extra cost. 

    Real Sangria is the red wine mixed with lemonaid of some sort.  So right there you have a bit of an extra cost for the lemonaid.  Also, to make it authentically, you add fruit to the mix (mostly citrus).  This adds costs.  Last, it should “stew” together for a while which means the caterer needs to make it all up ahead of time.

    If you are ok with the cheap stuff, tell them you what a specific brand which should not cost extra money, if any thing it should be cheaper. 

    As far as the stations go, you should be able to fight both your battles without feeling like you have to sacrifice any of this.  I don’t think either of these two requests are extreme.

    Post # 4
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I’d try to get everything you want and just prioritize what you DO want from them, in case they won’t bend on everything. The caterer already knows about the ASian station modifications, anyways

    Post # 6
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I like that sangria, too!

    Just ask her, “well, i know that Sangria is cheaper than the wine we’re serving–what’s the extra charge for?”

    At least you’ll know…although it makes no sense to me–i’m curious what her ‘excuse’ for the $1 charge is…And heck, if she wants to infuse the fruit and make “real” sangria and charge you the extra $1, make her do the extra work.

    Post # 7
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    2703 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    i say push for both and don’t walk away until you get one your way!

    Post # 8
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    3762 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I would ask specificially what the extra $1 cost are for, and tell her it is just out of curiousity.  Once you know her reason, then you can “argue” with her.

    Post # 10
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    372 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I used to work catering and we had decent wine for about $3/bottle. One thing to keep in mind is there is a HUGE markup on wine (even in the liquor store) and if you’re working with a caterer who does a lot of buisness they probably purchase their house wine in fairly large shipments at a time which may make the sangria more expensive (even if by liquor store standards it is not.) That said, I’d still try to negotiate. Are you paying by consumption or a full open bar?  I’d also suggest you not get rid of your red wine selecton unless you know for sure your guests don’t drink it – many of my friends and family are red wine drinkers and while I enjoy a glass of sangria on occasion it is often too sweet for me.  We’re having miller light at our wedding (ugh) just because it is “the beer” that several of the groomsmen drink.

     Good luck negotiating – your caterer should be willing to work with you on everything you want! (But I’d also listen to their suggestions about “what works” in stations too!)

    Post # 11
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    555 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Umm so there are a couple of points to be made here. I have some major wine snob friends and EVERY one of them says use the cheapest wine possible for sangria, it’s actually better that way. That said shouldn’t you come out even or cheaper for the sangria option? Also aren’t you diluting the wine so you’re making more drinks with less alcohol (less wine needed). We’re serving sangria at our wedding instead of wine because it’s so much more cost effective for this reason, not to mention the fact that the lemonade you use to make the sangria with is markedly less expensive than wine.

    As for your Asian station, I’m a former event planner and I worked closely with my kitchen on menu’s they hated when I did asian themes in buffets because it’s so hard to keep it fresh. Egg rolls are really a nightmare, sushi is another nightmare. It’s all really problematic so this could possibly be the reason why she’s not being very flexible on changing the buffet. Personally I would always be honest with my clients because why not let them know that cream cheese wont tons, egg rolls and things like that don’t do well in chaffing dishes and end up chewy and weird after a short time and sushi is downright dangerous if not kept at a safe temperature. I don’t know if that helps but just from someone who worked in that world those could be some of the reasons.

    Post # 12
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    2682 posts
    Sugar bee

    Id say to push for it.  Especially the Asian station which is more important to you.  See if you can get something else that is at the same cost as the Asian station thats more to your liking.  If anythign I would choose changing the station and paying an extra $1 per person for the sangria.  How many people are you having?  For me, I had the 220 people and if I really wanted Sangria, I wouldve just paid the $220 and been done with it.

    Post # 13
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    1816 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    Is the Sangria more expensive because they have to add fruit to it?  That is the only reason I could think of for a $1 up charge.  I would ask about it and about fixing your Asian station — it shouldn’t hurt.

    Post # 14
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Yep. Pick ur battles. If the asian station is more important go for that. Although I love sangria (and would personally prefer this and have a B rated asian station) you say that the asian station is more important to you. sangria does take more time and ingredients than just popping a cork so keep that into consideration.

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