(Closed) Help me choose a caterer… ( kinda long)

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

Is there time (or will ) left to find another caterer?  I began with several in mind and ended up going with a caterer I didn’t originally consider.  Checking wedding wire and other review sites really helped me narrow it down since I hadn’t really attended many weddings in my area.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I don’t think it’s a good idea serve food you don’t like just because it’s cheaper. Have you tried negotiating with caterer #1 on cost? Are there other menu items that may be less expensive but equally tasty (chicken instead of prime rib, cheese platter instead of jumbo prawns)? What if you chose fewer passed appetizers (typically more $$ b/c they require additional servers) and had a larger table of stationary appetizers? I suggest telling the first caterer that you would really like to chose their team, but your budget won’t allow it. Ask him to make suggestions to pare down the menu or you will have to look elsewhere. Ditto on the suggestion to find a third caterer to compare prices. Maybe there’s a middle of the road you and you Fiance will both be happy with.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Oh, this is tough. It sounds like the problems with caterer number 2 might be things you could work with, though, if he’s willing to negotiate and give you an additional tasting right before the wedding of the food you ordered.

You said he was kind and accommodating, so would you be comfortable sitting down with him and telling him that while you liked his food, there were a few small things you’d like to tweak for your event? You could mention that you’d rather allow guests to pepper their own salads to taste, and ask that a server follow the salad service with a pepper mill to each table. In terms of the jam, could you ask that it be used sparingly or on the side? You could request your modifications (or even just give your honest feedback), and then ask to do another tasting to your specs. If the food still doesn’t work for you, find someone else.

I’m personally from the "don’t go overbudget" school of thought. It’s just one day, and while you do want to have incredible food that you’ll love, it’s not worth it to me to break the bank for it.  If it’s worth it to you, that’s great. Go for it. 🙂

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