Post # 1
UGH. I just need to vent.
Our wedding is on 3/26/16, so about 4.5 months away at this point. I just got an email from our catering contact that our venue has changed caterers and they are the exclusive caterer for the venue (so no choice to shop around). They don’t have their wedding package set yet, but expect the prices to increase (!!!)
So essentially we will have to buy a wedding catering package for an undisclosed, as yet undetermined, cost that will be more expensive than we budgeted for food and drink. GREAT. We already sent out STDs so there is no option of cutting the guest list. The package will include a mandatory open bar as well as the cake so there’s also no way to cut costs there. Guess everyone’s getting chicken :-/
The silver lining is that my mom is paying for the entire wedding so we won’t have to worry about being poor as a result of this change. She’s annoyed but nowhere near as put out as I am by this. It’s more about the principle to me… what if we were paying for this on our own? We’d be totally screwed! We signed our venue contract in April and they’re springing this on us NOW?!?
Post # 2
If there is a required caterer at your venue, you usually sign a contract and your prices are set. Your contract was with the venue so they would be in breach of contract if they were to change your prices AFTER a contract with a per person amount was set.
Post # 3
This close to your wedding and they are telling you the prices are going to go up? Didn’t you sign a contract? 🙁
Post # 4
Can they increase the price if you already have a signed contract? Even if the contract leaves them with some wiggle room on this manner, I think you should (politely) tell them that you budgeted based on the other caterer’s prices and see if they can work with you.
Post # 5
if you signed a contract for a certain price they cannot increase the prices or what’s included in the contract at this point. That would be a breach of contract. They’re probably hoping you won’t say anything and just eat the extra cost.
Post # 6
We have a contract with the venue, but not with the caterer which is technically a separate entity. The venue contract does specify that we must contract with their caterer. However, the caterer said they would contact us to schedule a tasting and that we would sign our catering contract after we decide on what food we want. Since we don’t have a choice of caterer, they schedule tastings much closer to the the date than is typical. The venue changed caterers in September and just contacted me now.
When we contracted with the venue, the (old) caterer sent us a copy of their wedding package booklet with prices so we could budget accordingly. We never made our official selections but were able to ballpark the cost.
It’s also really annoying me that we can’t order our invitations until we meet with the caterer on 12/18 since it’s a sit down dinner and our guests will need to send their dinner selection in with their RSVP.
Post # 7
I’d call the venue and the caterer and make them schedule the tasting now and get you prices ASAP. There’s no reason you should have to wait another month. It’s really the least they can do – what if you hate all the food, or the prices really are too steep?
I’d also flat-out ask them how they plan to accommodate you if you cannot afford the new caterer, since you signed your contract with the venue based on the old caterer’s prices.
Post # 8
As far as the cost, my mom doesn’t care. When I called her in a panic, she was like “Yes, it’s ridiculous that they’re doing this, but you’re not paying for it so why are you so indignant? It costs what it costs. Oh well.”