Post # 1
So we are still pretty far out from our wedding. We can choose our own catering company we are getting our feelers out there early since it is a Destination Wedding in Louisiana. I received a very short email back from a catering company in New Orleans…this is how it goes
Catering company: Whats your budget?
Me: We dont have a specified budget. We are trying to get the most bang for our buck. The food is one of the most important parts of the weddning for us and we would like to provide our guests with an authentic creole experience. (apparantly she got warded off by the slang term “bang for our buck” because she sent this back:)
Caterer: Well we are a very high end catering company, I dont think we will be able to help you. Good luck. P.S. We dont provide bang for your buck here. Its not what we do
Well damn! LOL. Just send the flipping proposal…Ive seen the prices online bang for your buck can mean anything to any person. I know they have the right to refuse service but damn…I had to laugh at this one.
Post # 3
Hilarious! maybe they thought ‘bang for your buck’ was some greasy comfort food dish? lol
Post # 4
Well, her loss! What a biotch.
Post # 5
I literally had to do a WOOOOSAAAAAHHHH so that I could see the humor in this one.
Post # 6
OMG!!!! I would say, they would not be worth hiring anyways……and I would likely email them back something like …”thank you for your honesty. We have decided that we would not hire a catering company like you anyways. We prefer someone who is customer oriented.”
Post # 7
@LiliKitty: agreed! What happened to southern hospitality?
Post # 8
When I got married in Charleston I had some responses similar, but usually worded nicely. Since they are such popular spots the wedding industry isn’t suffering and the best caterers can be picky. My DOC told me a bunch of stories 🙂
Post # 10
My fiance sent her an email back as a joke and said “well then we will take our $20,000 food budget elsewhere” LOL
Oh well….we have received some very good proposals, even the catering company that caters to the New Orleans Saints was very customer oriented. I was expecting that company to tell me they dont cater to small weddings but she even prepared a customized food proposal for my budget. Now THAT is customer service.
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Wow, that was pretty effing rude of her.
You may want to get a rough estimate of what you’re willing to spend per person though-will save you and the caterers a lot of time.
Post # 12
Wow, that’s TERRIBLE! Doesn’t “bang for your buck” sort of mean the best food for your money? It sounds to me like they’re saying,”sorry, we only accept clients who want to pay us premium for our mediocre food.” But I’m sure it would have looked fancy as hell… $50 dollars per parsley leaf.
Post # 13
@rebwana: I understand. And I do have a proposed budget. Something told me that her short response email to my first email of nothing but praise about what we had seen on the website, this was going to be an argument. There was no thank you for considering our catering company or any of that just a simple short email of “whats your budget?”
I am actually willing to go over my budget for food. I knew that if i told her what the base budget was…it would give her the opportunity to not respond at all.
Post # 15
LOL now maybe it’s because I went to business school, but if I saw the line “food is one of the most important parts of the wedding for us”, I would see $$$$$ and get very excited. Since, ya know, usually people are willing to spend more on THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THEIR WEDDING.
But, that could just be the business school talking What a dumbo!
Post # 16
you wouldn’t want to be dealing with a person like that even if she was the cheapest proposal. you need to feel really comfortable with the vendors you hire.