Post # 1
Anyone out there bargained (successfully) with their caterer to either get some freebies thrown in or a discount if you pay in cash? I have the money to pay but wanted to try to negotiate either a discount or some freebies. Any advice on how to do this? What did you get out of the deal?
Post # 3
what kind of freebies are you hoping for? the cost of food is rising quickly so caterers can’t really budge on costs in the giving things away sense. the only thing they can affect change on is their waitstaff, and most wont do that (they might have 3 servers instead of 5 as opposed to cutting their pay). if you want a better deal, then they will work with you on say using cheaper cuts of meat or other substitutions but really, once you hit a certain threshold, 30 lbs of prime rib is 30 lbs of prime rib and you can’t go down from that point.
Post # 4
I got a free appetizer from our caterer..but we didnt ask for it, she just gave it to us..not really that helpful for you :p
Post # 5
Lots of vendors with give you a discount if you pay in cash. You might also have some success asking for small things served table side. For instance small cookie trays or choc covered strawberries brought out with coffee before cake is served. If you order passed apps sometimes you can get them to throw in a veggie station or cheese and crackers. Asking never hurts!
Post # 6
You dont talk price until you tell them what you want, and then you play with menu choices, cuts etc. Then you tell them that you had budgeted XYZ. By doing this we saved $18 a head combined from the original quote without losing quality.
Post # 7
For us, the best thing to do was to tell the caterer our budget up front and tell him what we were willing to spend. That way he worked up the proposal based on our budget, and we adjusted our food choices and serving style accordingly based on what fit into that amount.
Maybe think about lowballing your budget a bit (telling the caterer you’re willing to spend X amount when you could feasibly afford more) and see what your options are at a lower price point.
Post # 8
@mwitter80: That is exactly what I’m looking for!
Thanks, ladies…appreciate the advice!!
Post # 9
Be upfront about your budget. Ask if they would be able to throw in any other items for free or give you a discount. Tell them you will recommend them to friends, write a good review on websites, or feature them on your blog after the wedding if the service is good. Price match them with an area caterer.
Post # 10
Thanks for the advice! They offered either a 5% discount or some free veggie/fruit trays if I pay in cash…at least its something.