So Fiance really liked this one place for a rehearsal dinner.
They do a Prix Fixe (set menu) of appetizer, meal and dessert for $26 per person plus tax and tip on any regular day. This excludes drinks. I called the manager. I told her our budget would be much lower than that, so I was hoping she could help us with a menu within our budget. She asked what the party was for. I was caught off guard and blurted out the truth that it was for a rehearsal dinner. I felt dirty. I knew she would charge us the “wedding tax.”
Definition: The wedding tax is when you buy anything that you’d normally buy, but the store or person hears “wedding” and jacks up the price 5x just to screw you. Even though you’re getting the same service.
Anyway, the owner just sent me an email with our “custom made” menu for our rehearsal dinner.
It’s basically their prixe fixe menu, but some meals are actually substituted with cheaper food. I.e., she took out the expensive mussels and replaced it with salmon, which is much cheaper here.
And she is actually trying to charge us an EXTRA $4 per person than their regular menu…even though she is giving us cheaper food!!!!!!!!!
That’s an extra $400. And $550 over the budget we gave her. Excluding the tax, tips and any drinks. This could very well end up costing more than 3x the budget we gave her.
Are you crazy?!
*Crosses this off the list.* Now I have to resume the freaking restaurant search. I feel so violated!!!!!!!!!!
Avoid getting scammed: don’t EVER bring up a wedding, unless you have to.