Ladies, I really need your help with something.
A little background... we are having the wedding reception at the National Art Gallery (Ottawa). We are paying a rental fee for the spaces required and we must choose between 4 exclusive caterers for our meal. We have since learned that the caterers are charged a commission fee by the gallery for using the space for their business; fair enough seeing as the gallery is giving them exclusive business.
The bad part is that the fee has since been differed to US. I have expressed my concerns to the catering company, who is trying to charge us THEIR commission fee, and I have also contacted the NGC to inquire about this fee. I was told by both that it is an arrangement/contract between the gallery and the caterers, and that I have to pay the fee - HUH?? I'm not a law major, but how is a binding contract between 2 parties, one which is NOT me, be my responsibility?
At no time did the gallery mention that we would have to pay another fee to one of the caterers from the list THEY provided and it is not in their contract. The caterer does include it in the contract, but again, explains it as an arrangement with the gallery, so I can't seem to wrap my head around how this is for me to pay.
Can anyone shed some light on this? Does anyone know what I can do about this "commission fee"? Does anyone have any experience with the NGC or this type of situation? I would LOVE YOU LONG TIME if you could help me out here!