Wedding Venue is now leasing catering

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
Hostess
11843 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

meagan.divito:  does the contract make any mention of who is providing the food?

Post # 3
Member
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Does your contract mention who the provider of the food would be? Could you bring in an alternate outside caterer? Do you have a wedding planner who is experienced in negotiating these kinds of contracts? 

Sometimes directly telling the vendor what you want can work – for example “I want a 2 course plated meal for X ppl for $$ and would prefer ABC type of food – what do you think you can do?” Then emphasize your willingness to be flexible – that’s what I did and it worked, the caterer created an amazing menu that fit our budget (with was about half the price of the lowest quoted price per head listed in their marketing materials). It was a high end caterer/venue too 🙂

Post # 5
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270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

meagan.divito:  I’m not sure where you’re located, but I’m almost positve this won’t uphold in California. The contract you signed does not include the name of the vendor who is providing the catering (because there wasn’t one yet).

You can try talking to the company and see if they’ll let you bring an outside caterer in if they can’t meet your food budget since no information on catering was provided (none of that was negotiated) when you booked the venue.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I think the last clause in the list is where you have some wiggle room. It says the venue will provide all the food right? Well they aren’t now, it’s a subcontractor essentially, so you could argue that they aren’t operating with the terms of the contract. 

Post # 7
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5325 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

meagan.divito:  I am confused. Did you give the venue a PP price when you first signed the contract? What did you discuss about food and pricing? I’m not sure why you would sign a contract if you didn’t know the price of what it would be. 

Post # 9
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1413 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

So you paid a deposit that’s already over the one known cost? This is not good. I’d consider seeking another venue. They seem either shady or unprofessional/inexperienced, and I would not want either for my wedding. 

Post # 10
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1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

meagan.divito:  My Venue included in their contract the minimum amount food/drink purchase required. So as far as I see, there is no required minimum, meaning I doubt they can force you to overspend. Hopefully you can give them your budget and they can try to work within it.

Post # 11
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2390 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

 

meagan.divito:  Why didn’t you get the $50pp in writing in the contract?

Post # 12
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7995 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

meagan.divito:  The *** provides all of the food and beverage, with the exception of the wedding cake which you are responsible for providing. 

I think this is the most important line in the contract. Will you be discussing the menu with the inn or with the catering company? Will you have to sign a seperate contract with the catering company? If the catering company takes over any of the tasks that your original contract states the Inn will do then you have a chance of getting out of it.

Post # 13
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1225 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

HannahGrace:  my thoughts exactly.

meagan.divito:  if the event fee is $1,000 and the cost of the food is yet to be determined, why have you already paid $1,500? this isn’t looking good.

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