We are attending our tasting this weekend, and hopefully signing a catering contract. Any dos or don'ts for the contract? What should we look for? How should we negociate?
The biggest thing to have on your side is to be willing to walk away and go with someone else. I understand that can be incredibly scary though because if you're close to signing a contract, you're going to have to start all over, so to speak, and you want your wedding to be the best it can be. @southernbelle0915 has some great advice! Absolutely know what the other catering companies would offer for the same menu and list of services, and mention that during your negotiations. For instance, if your menu is going to cost you $20 per person with this company, but another is going to charge you $18, you're probably liking this particular company for other reasons like their level of service. However, if you mention XYZ company is quoting $18 per person, the other company may come down or throw in some of those add-ons like linens for free to compensate. Also, there is nothing to say that XYZ company has to actually exist... You can tell them that you have recieved quotes for a lower price from another company without having to name them.
We're doing the same kind of negotiations with cruise lines right now... Good luck! I hope you have a fantastic wedding!
So..for me, date,time,setup and breakdown time if possible.Overage fee. What is really included. The menu. The final price including tip. Does this price include all your rentals if needed.
The deposit amount, final price and when it is due.
Weddings are hard to get in wiggle room, you can only try in food, if you do something lesser with a substutional item.