Post # 1
I just talked to my caterer and set up an appointment for a tasting. I asked if I would sign the contract at the same time – and they said that I don’t sign a contract, that they give a “Confirmation Statement” instead, and that after I recieve it, I need to send a $500 deposit. They are a reputable caterer, but it makes me nervous not to have an actual contract. Any thoughts?
Post # 3
I would wait until you get the confirmation statement before making any decisions. They probably just call it something else, but just make sure you read everything on it before you sign it and send them the deposit. I think it is a good idea that they are not requiring you to sign on the spot. You will have time to consider if you want to go with them or not before comitting.
Post # 4
She said that I don’t sign anything. Ever. That’s the part that makes me nervous.
Post # 5
Get prices in writing and SIGNED. My venue tried to tell me that we would talk about food later and they would work with me blah blah blah. Bullsh*t. (sorry, but true). I refused to give one dime until we had agreed on a sample menu and prices, with a clause that we could change out items for same-quality items after our tasting if we chose.
Once it was time to book our tasting and we got our proposal? Shocking shocking but it was too high. I had to go back and remind them of the initial contract with prices. I am quite certain I would’ve ended up paying at least another 1,000-1,500 if I hadn’t gotten things in writing before ever paying a penny.
I hate to be a cynic but I feel this is true: you canNOT trust anyone at their word.