(Closed) The caterer reccommended…someone else o.O

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Vegas Wedings

You know, this actually sounds like a good business to me. He’s trying to make sure your money is well spent. If the business is as top notch as you are led to believe, Im going to guess it is pretty large and they could do your wedding and then another later that same day which would be nice money for him.

BUt he’s trying to tell you that you can get a “better deal” by changing the day or getting the food from elsewhere. What you do is your call (Id look into a different day and if that didnt work Id stay with this company).

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Look on the bright side. At least he told you right out that his company doesn’t want to do your event. It would be worse if he didn’t tell you, you signed a contract, and then he jerked you around. Using a different vendor who’s excited to work with you won’t be the end of the world

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

He probably is hoping to book a bigger event for that day, at the premium rate. Just look for another vendor or a start-up. Is there a school with a culinary program nearby? You could hire students to set up, replenish, and clean-up for you.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m sorry! That stinks.

Are you allowed to have tables brought in? How many are you bringing in? I know I’m such a weirdo, I’m just confused from the post yesterday about only being able to put out chairs.

I’m going to be honest with you… I wonder if he sees some “risk points” (as I constantly call them about my own wedding) that he doesn’t want to deal with – not being able to put tables out on the lawn, a really restrictive venue, people not having a place to set down their stuff, limited prep space. I’d probably call him back and say I really respected that he was willing to pass on the business because he didn’t think it was the right fit, and would he be willing to give me 5 minutes of his time to be straightforward about his concerns?

If his concerns are truly just monetary (aka, it’s not worth him taking that much time mid-day when they could be prepping for an evening wedding), then I’d feel okay about going DIY or looking for a different caterer. If he has concerns about the venue or setup that are making him think it’s not a good deal for him to do, those will be good cautions to you as you plan.

I know I’m kind of obsessive about this table thing, but I’m just trying to picture this “walk around” 2+ hour reception and where people are going to put stuff, especially in a strict venue.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m hoping he’s just trying to be honest. And he’s right that you could save a lot by doing it through a store. But if you want them and are willing to pay then just tell him that. He gave you a quote – just go from there. But you may also want to ask if they actually do all that other stuff you want. You may still need to get all that elsewhere, so it may not save you as much headache as you think.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I personally hate when vendors tell me how to spend my money.  I’d definitely look for someone else.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Didn’t the venue say the food has to be butlered?

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I honestly do not think it’s wrong for a vendor to suggest you try a different vendor; the menu this caterer could provide is not a good value at all for $30pp, and a good business person would make it clear that you are not getting a high value for your money, likely due to the high labor involved in providing such a short service (if you have just 3 hours, they need more crew to get set up and broken down than if you had the same amount of food and guests but 4-5 hours in the venue).

It doesn’t sound at all like he refused to work with you, only that he is trying to be sure that, when it’s all over with, he doesn’t have an angry bride shouting about how there wasn’t enough food to justify the price tag.

I would continue to look at other vendors but I would not cross this one off my list.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MsBlackberry:  That was my first thought too. Rather than “i dont want you to spend your money when you can do it cheaper” it seems more “i can make more money if i cater another event” but perhaps im cynical

@MissFireFlower:  i think those little sandwich type things seem elegant. it cant be too hard to find someone to hand them around/do clearing up etc

i ended up volunteering at some events as part of an event management diploma – we were encouraged to work at different events to see how the timeline/set up etc work. probably safer to pay someone though

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I LOVE the layout of the ceremony and the beautiful grounds! I just think you’re in for some logistical challenges trying to serve heavy apps & beverages to people who have no place to set it down.

I am with you on liking butlered. I think it fits the feel of the gardens better and also provides staff who can pick up things that might fall to the ground, take trash, etc.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MissFireFlower:  That’s a good sign about the post-marathon event, it sounds like they’re willing to do events there that are a little larger/more difficult logistics wise.

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