(Closed) My caterer jumped the price to triple the quote. Uh…?? What??

posted 6 years ago in Venue
  • poll: What should we do???
    Cater through the venue and bite the bullet? : (8 votes)
    30 %
    Cater it completely by ourselves? : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Someone else cater the main entree and supplement the rest ourselves? : (15 votes)
    56 %
    Call Wal-Mart. (Not serious, by the way. LoL) : (3 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
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    11356 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    So sorry this is happening, and I’m sure it’s very frustrating.  However, if you are changing the terms of the contract, she would be able to alter the pricing to accommodate the changes you’re making.

    ETA:  I re-read your post again.  If you don’t yet have a contract for the catering and are still negotiating, and you have the option of seeking outside resources or self-catering (which you may not actually be able to do, since many places require that food be prepared by a licensed caterer in a commercial kitchen) you should explore any and all of these options.

    Post # 4
    Member
    658 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Can she do that? You signed a contract. 

    Post # 6
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    11356 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @GlynnBugg13:  Yes, sorry about that. I actually re-read your post and made an edit to my original post once I realized that your existing contract likely did not include anything about the catering.

    Post # 7
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    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @GlynnBugg13:  Put on your negotiating pants, my friend!  You unfortunately don’t have the catering cost in writing, but you need to remind her that she verbally committed to a number you were both happy with.  She’s right…she’s running a business.  However, a big part of running a business is having happy customers.  Go back to her and rework the catering.  Make sure you have your final agreement in writing.

    Post # 9
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    150 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2005

    I like your idea with catering yourself serving things important to you two. I plan on doing a “small plates reception” which will consist of a bunch of little appetizer type dishes but enough to make it a meal. Then between myself, family, and friends if we each do two dishes saves loads of time and I just have o pay for supplies. =]

     

    Pretty sure it’s not normal to add those fees. Maybe be honest with her and say you decided on this venue with the agreed price, had you known the extra fees you couldn’t have fit it in the budget.

    Post # 10
    Member
    116 posts
    Blushing bee

    I’m so sorry this is happening to you. Did you tell her you did not want to use plastic when you were negotiating the prices? Or can you use biodegradeable plates/cups?

    To be honest, charging for linens, servers, cleanup sounds fairly standard and most places include this in the facility fee. Would you be able to negotiate with her now if you told her you thought that all of it was included?

    Post # 13
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    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I would just do the not eco friendly version.

    Or could you supply the plates? Maybe renting (or buying and then reselling) plates would be cheaper? And then say that you will collect them (dirty) and deal with them after the wedding. So no servers or dishwashers necessary. And say that guests can clear the plates into your predesignated bins (put them in a corner and have a friendly sign above them). It won’t be pretty, but it might be cheaper than her plan and its still eco friendly. It really depends on how much the plates cost though.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I’d email or call her and tell her that because the price has suddently skyrockted, you will be going with someone else.  Watch her change her tune.  Some people!

    Post # 15
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    1595 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Well the good news is that since there is no contract you are not locked in to using her either…why not explore other options? Can you recycle the plastic plateS?

    Post # 16
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    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Our food is $24pp, but with rentals, staff, service charge, gratuity, we’re at about $73pp. It sucks that she wasn’t more up front about total catering costs, but what you’re looking at is pretty standard.

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