Post # 1
So the catering prices we’ve received from the 3 exclusive caterers for our top choice vendor are higher than we can comfortably afford (although we can probably swing it if it comes down to it). I know there are some things we can cut/reduce. I’m wondering how much other bees were able to negotiate with their caterer.
Post # 3
@MsGinkgo: Our venue catered the food themselves, so negotiating with them was pretty much impossible. 🙁 But best of luck to you! Sending you lots of great negotiating vibes! 🙂
Post # 4
@pengoala: one of the 2 venues we’re considering is in house but so far they’ve actually been pretty flexible in terms of allowing us to take things off to save some money (we’re eliminating the pasta course and probably the champagne toast and they’re decudting for both)
Post # 5
@MsGinkgo: That’s awesome! 🙂 Glad it’s working out for you better than it did for us, haha! 🙂
Post # 6
I suppose it depends on what you consider negotiating. Our caterer is pretty cheap (Buffet is $14.50 per adult, $7 per child) so we didn’t really ask them to lower the price of the buffet). We got an estimate for the caterer to do drinks throughout the night and it was crazy expensive, so we told them we would do drinks before and after the dinner. We also will not be using the desserts that are included in the buffet price, so I got them to give us a $0.75 per person discount on apps to cover the unused desserts.
Post # 7
@JenGirl: Wow, you got such a great deal on your caterer!
I’ll be contacting caterers very soon, so info on HOW you all negotiated with your caterer (in addition to the original question of “how much”) would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 8
@jerzepi: Yeah, we decided to do the wedding in a small town because all the vendor costs are so much cheaper!
Post # 9
Our venue provided the catering. We didn’t really try to negotiate price but we wanted to do beef and vegetarian options instead of chicken and pasta/vegetarian but they wouldn’t budge without a price increase. So no they wouldn’t negotiate.