Wedding Venue decided to transfer professional directing duties to Chef?!?!

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Considering you have yet to sign a contract I doubt they will offer you any sort of discount. You know that the director of events has changed before anything is legally binding so they would have zero reason to offer you anything.

Post # 4
546 posts
Busy bee

i think its definitely worth trying. your reasoning makes sense with having to hire the cost of a professional dedicated coordinator to cover the loss of theirs.

if they wont budge on the price…

see if they can throw in extras/upgrades to make up the price difference on the catering/bar side. sometimes they have more leeway in that area than changing the price.

make sure to to get anything they agree to in writing in the contract before signing 🙂

Post # 5
47261 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Did the actual contract mention professional event direction or coordination? If it does, that is your basis to ask how they plan to provide those professional services and review the “professional” qualifications of the staff member involved. A chef may be considered a professional, but unless he has the training and certification, in no way would he be considered an event planner.

All you can do is try. The worst thing that can happen is that they will say no. Then you can look for another venue, as luckily you have not signed a contract yet.


Post # 6
7434 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

You have absolutely no reason to believe that the new person doing these duties will do a bad job. Most chefs don’t spend the day of the evening cooking; that is what the kitchen staff is there for. You can certainly ask the venue to walk you through how the preparations and setup will be done but if I were the venue owner, I don’t think I’d be too willing to negotiate a discount just because of a change in staff.

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