suspicious of low quote

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Is something hinky going on here?
    Hell yeah, that's straight up suspicious. : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Snatch up that low quote before they notice their typo! : (11 votes)
    46 %
    There's a perfectly reasonable explanation which I will elaborate on below. : (7 votes)
    29 %
    All those quotes are ridiculous when you could DIY your own marinated rat for $2pp. : (5 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1585 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Have you looked online for reviews of the less expensive caterer? We got a really amazing deal on our DJ and I was terrified they were going to be terrible and they turned out being really awesome. Every once in a blue moon you can get lucky in wedding planning!

    Post # 4
    Member
    493 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @TrousseauHorse:  I am usually the first person to say “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t” but $7500 is a lot of money to save (and I’m a city girl too). Have you checked out reviews for the company online? Maybe they’re members of the BBB and you can check their ratings. Howabout asking for some references? I think the $7500 savings is well worth the leg work, especially if the food descriptions sound so amazing.

    Also, I probably would say something like “wow, your pricing is so competitive. others in the area are charging much more for food that doesn’t sound as good”, see if they offer any insight into how they are able to stay in business with such low prices.

    Good luck to you!

    Post # 5
    Member
    918 posts
    Busy bee

    I selected “There’s a perfectly reasonable explanation which I will elaborate on below”.  I can’t actually elaborate, however to me $100pp doesn’t seem cheap enough to make me suspicious.  As my local Thai restaurant proves to me time and time again, delicious food does not have to be ridiculously expensive!  I suspect that the other caterers just have a greater “wedding markup”.

    Post # 6
    Member
    42510 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Do they offer competitive wages to their employees? Or, is it a family operation where they all pitch in? There could be substantial cost savings there.

    Post # 8
    Member
    9532 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I don’t think they’re so cheap you should bbe  suspicious. Defintely check reviews, but if you like them, then go for it!

    Post # 9
    Member
    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m at the same place you are–and I have one caterer that’s coming in at $88/person when the others are at least $110 (we’re providing our own alcohol). I checked out their Yelp reviews (generally strong), and they’re actually the same company that did Mrs. Stilleto’s wedding. So I’m guessing they’re legit, but I want to go eat at their restaurant to see for sure.

    I hear you on the menus–theirs seems more laidback and less fancy, but still good food.

    I think some of the caterers charge more for their fancy factor, like making the servers wears tuxes and having super fancy presentation.

    Post # 10
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    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @TrousseauHorse:  I didn’t read your answer choices before I replied–marinated rat?!? That’s awesome!

    Post # 11
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    178 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Well.. We’re spending about $10 per person on the meal, so I wouldn’t be too worried lol.

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