Post # 1
My fiance and I are having our rehearsal dinner at a winery. There is a fee for the space, and an added per person fee for the wine and wine pouring service. We have 5 children attending, all under 12 who will obviously not be drinking the wine.
So, I asked the winery why they charged the per person fee for the children, as obviously they were not drinking wine, and their reply was “the charge is to cover rentals, service staff etc.” Okay, whatever, that is understandable so I let it go.
Now, I hear through the caterer that they have been in touch with the winery and the caterer will be providing the rentals, as well as ADDITIONAL staff for the food. So, as I see it, the winery is not providing any service for the 5 children, yet they are charging the same rate as the adults. I am really annoyed by this and I want to ask them (again) about it, however, I don’t want to rock the boat too much as I do want good service the day of my rehearsal and I don’t want to act like a bridezilla! Should I let this go? Or how should I ask the winery about it? Any advice out there?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre
@Sea_Ashley: what is the $$ of the charge? i would email the venue with the caterer’s email attached and again ‘clarify’ what the charge is for.
Post # 4
I agree with PP. I would get, in writing, an exact explanation of what the winery is charging for per person and get in writing exactly what the caterer is charging for. If there is overlap, you need to point that out and make sure you are being charged for it only once.
Post # 5
@Sea_Ashley: It definitely depends on how much this is going to cost you, versus what you budgeted. You’ll have to weigh the pros and cons. Although, it doesn’t seem like the cost is that much of an issue for you, since you originally accepted their explanation. I think that I would want a better explanation though. There’s a fine line between charging for services provided and taking advantage of you. Good luck!
Post # 6
I would call and clarify. Just because the caterer is providing rentals and staff doesn’t mean that the winery isn’t also providing them as well. For example, the winery could be providing rented tables, while the caterer is providing rented place settings. The cater provides food staff, but will the winery have extra staff there the day of to direct parking, clean up after the event etc? If they are trying to double charge you I would certainly ask them to adjust the cost, but it sounds like they may be listing different services under the same general heading.