(Closed) Caterer requires bar package even on off-site wedding!?!?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

i think it is pretty common, which is why we ended up using a hotel.  all of off-site caterers I met with had extra fees for not using their restaurant/banquet hall, required us to rent their serveware/dishes/glasses/etc, and we had to purchase our alcohol (and use their servers/bartenders) through them.  It ended up costing more with rental and set up fees that a fancy hotel, so we just went with the hotel.

Post # 4
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

ew. i dont like the sound of that. i would talk to them about that and say that it’s definitely a deal breaker for you since you had a very particular bar offering in mind, and if they can’t adjust their policy, you’ll have to find someone else. 

hopefully they’ll cave bc they want your biz, but if you go this route be prepared to find someone else.

obviously, everywhere is different, but all the caterers i am speaking to will let me decide exactly what and how much of everything i want to have food and beverage-wise.

Post # 5
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Our caterer was not like this at all. We did get mixers and things through them just because it was convenient, but we could totally customize what we wanted on our beverage/bar list and were allowed to purchase the alcohol through a third-party distributor.

Post # 6
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Unfortunately this is very common. You may be able to negotiate with them to have them provide the drinks, but only those that you want (not a pre-packaged deal).

Post # 7
276 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our vendor also requires that we go through them for our bar package.  It is customizable, but no outside liquor vendor allowed.  Where I’m from, that’s pretty standard.  My friend is getting married at a venue that doesn’t have an alcohol license, but she has to use their third-party vendor.

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