Post # 1
I have an impromptu meeting with my caterer tomorrow to discuss alcohol and dessert options…(we’re not having a cake or an open bar)
I’m almost positive we’ll be able to provide wine for cheaper than they’re charging us, even with a acorking fee. They initially said they didn’t they would allow us to bring in our own wine, but I want to negotiate this! I just want to come to this meeting prepared and so far I’ve only found place in the area that’s comparable (I’m getting married at a country club in the chicago suburbs) and the corking fee was $10. I need more examples of an average corking fee, and if this is normal to allow.
Also, we would love to get a chocolate fountain, but it seems awfully pricey to me. Does anyone have other examples from personal experience or research where the price of a chocolate fountain is any less that $5/person/hour? I’m hoping to at least bring it down to $5/person for 2 or 3 hours.
Just gots to do some negotiating…so any advice or resources would be helpful
Post # 3
yikes that is super spendy. I have heard of a lot of people that say to just tell them what your budget is. You catering company might make some exceptions. If not whats the worst they can do say no. If they are already going to have staff the to cater everything else why not throw in a fountain to gain some extra money?
Post # 4
One thing to consider with the fountain is that since it is technically "dessert" you might not want it until the last hour or two of the reception. If they are saying that it is $5/person per hour, you might want to start out by negotiating and asking if they could do three hours for $5/pp. (I agree with Mrs T… somtimes if you say, "I’ve worked out our budget, and the max we have for a fountain is xxx, which comes out to $5/pp for the night.") If they say no, either ask, ok, what about about $7/pp for three hours, OR try $5/pp for 2 hours.
Negotiating is great. Sorry that I don’t have any similar prices to help you compare!
Post # 5
Thanks guys! I did some research before I left and was able to find the average was $500-$800 for two hours if I were to rent a chocolate fountain from an outside company in my area.
While the reception venue wouldn’t allow me to bring in another vendor, I was able to get them to come down to $700 for the whole evening (beginning an hour after dinner is served…so 4 hours!) (Saving about $2,500 from the advertised price!)
WOO HOO! Yay for bridal bargaining.
(I’m posting this for other brides too, who are afraid to ask for a better deal for anything wedding related. Just go for it!)