Much time has elapsed since Mike and I have done anything significant in terms of wedding planning. But, yesterday we met with a caterer — the first one we actually deemed worthy enough to meet in person — and it went relatively well, I think. I didn’t really know what to expect from this meeting with Crave Catering. It wasn’t going to be a tasting; just a sort of meet-and-greet chat session. But we ended up talking with Marco, one of the two proprietors and head chefs, for almost two hours, and we walked out with a tentative menu, a tentative price, and a free Crave pad and pencil set.
Our experience with finding a caterer, as mentioned in other posts, hasn’t been easy. Whether they’re way out of our price range (and snooty about it, like Naturally Delicious) or they fail to communicate with us at all (like Seasons and Dish), caterers are an enigmatic lot. I can see why people opt for the all-in-one reception hall/catering facility-type places for their weddings — one price covers all. But Mike and I were staunchly against having a “typical” reception hall for our wedding, so this is the burden we have to face, I suppose.
It wouldn’t be a problem if everything wasn’t so dang expensive. In fact, I would be 100% promoting the hell out of Crave if it wasn’t for the fact that it still feels out of our price range. The price quoted to us yesterday was $70-85 per head, which is fine, if that were the only cost we had to contend with. But it’s not: add on rentals, service fees, and gratuity, and that $8000 for 100 people jumps to upwards of $16,000. Again, not too bad if that were all we had to pay to throw this wedding. But considering the cost of renting Galapagos…and hiring a photographer…and getting flowers…and hotel rooms…and bridal party gifts…it’s overwhelming.
Now I can see why some couples elope.
But despite all my fiscal complaints, the meeting with Crave, like I said, went well. Marco seems to have the same priorities as we do, and he does seem to have our wallets in mind in terms of knowing where to cut back and where not to. So we’ll see. Our goal is to have a caterer locked down by the end of the summer. And if we go with Crave, I can promise Gruyere and Truffle Oil Grilled Cheese and Wild Rice Krispie Treats to all on April 16, 2011.