Post # 1
I want to offer a plated dinner however my 4 star hotel states that the higher priced dish prevails for all plates. I want to offer chicken and steak. Steak is $15 more than the chicken. I think this is stealing. They say it because people change their minds and they want to provide great service. Has anyone ever heard of anything like this?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
That’s definitely strange. It seems unfair to charge you for all steak dinners if not all of your guests are eating steak!
Post # 4
I think it is pretty standard for the higher priced dish to prevail. That being said, maybe they can work with you to get a set menu and you pay for a few more steaks (instead of for your entire guest count). Never hurts to ask.
Post # 4
My venue is the same and most venues I went to were like that.
It sucks but I think it is fairly common for banquets.
Post # 5
I didn’t find that with any caterers I recieved quotes from. We had an off-site reception (catered at a mansion), we gave a meal count ahead of time and if anyone switched the day of (we didn’t have to mark place cards or anything) then they just did their best to accommodate them. I’m sure some people forget what they ordered, but that’s why catering prices are so high to begin with, they need to have extra food on hand. We weren’t charged for the higher priced fish when people were eating the vegetarian dish.
Post # 6
Ours worked the same way as did every reception venue we looked at. It’s BS but when it’s standard and EVERYONE is doing it.. they can get away with it. When we got our RSVPs we were hoping everyone would pick the steak since we were paying for them to eat it : )
Post # 7
Also, if that’s the only thing available for you, I wouldn’t give guests a meal option until they arrive. The whole point of needing to tally meal counts is to allow the caterer to plan ahead. If they plan to allow guests to choose the day of, then just get your head count and let the servers give the guests their meal choices.
Post # 8
Unfortunately ours was the same way. We could pick two options. There were three categories of prices- high, mid, and low. If we picked a high and a low for our two choices (like steak and vegetarian lasagna) we had to pay the high price for every single person, even if 99% of the guest ordered the low price option.
We ended up wanting to offer something low (chicken) and something mid (fish), however we were able to negotiate them down to doing the fish dish for the low price by reducing the serving by 1 oz and changing one of the side dishes. Maybe you could do something like that?
Post # 9
Wow, that’s nuts. I have never heard of that eithe, and NONE of the venues I looked at had that policy. Maybe it depends on your location?
Post # 10
The venues I looked at did not have the “higher price prevails” per se. If we wanted to add another dinner option, then it would be an additional $X more per person, on top of the prices for the number of each dish we would have ordered.
We will be offering one meal for everyone, although we will of course accommodate any vegetarians or other dietary restrictions as needed.
Post # 11
Our venue is higher price + $3/per person for a double entree selection. So, everything is one price – totally sucks… especially when our chicken and vegetarian selection is $10/per plate LESS than our fish selection.