Six Is the Loneliest Number

I love food. It’s the reason I’ve struggled with my weight throughout my life. When I tell Mr. Wellies I love him, I say things like, “I love you more than I love sushi.” He jokes that the number one way I show him I love him is by sharing my food with him. After all:


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Consequently, I knew that food was going to be one of the most important parts of our wedding. What I didn’t realize, however, was how difficult it would be to find a wedding caterer for a party of six.

One well known caterer in the area politely informed me that “a small party” has a minimum fee of $3,500. After picking my jaw off the floor (if that’s for “a small party,” how much would “a large party” cost?!), I thanked them and continued my search.

Several caterers wanted to verify that the party was, in fact, for six people. “Is this a typo?” one wrote. Given that I had used the number 6 (which could be missing a zero or two), I started spelling it out in my subsequent emails to potential vendors. Sadly, this was still confusing. “Can you confirm the number of guests is six?” another wrote. “Yes,” I replied, “it’s six (6).” All of the caterers I contacted either had a minimum head count or a minimum fee, neither of which we could match.

I began to get excited when I read about a new trend in event catering: food trucks. A food truck enables catering companies to go mobile, serving freshly prepared meals on the road. It seemed like the perfect alternative for us. Fingers crossed, I contacted the limited number of food trucks in our area. While The Pizza Wagon was willing to cater a party of six, it had a fixed cost of $600. We love pizza—just not enough to pay $600 for it.


Image via Pizza Wagon Catering Company

Another food truck was very enthusiastic; the owner even started to discuss a possible menu. Finally, I thought. We found our caterer. Yet, after a week of emails, all contact ceased. Did they forget about me? Did they fall into Mount Doom? I’ll never know. I had almost given up hope when I received an email regarding “a caterer who’s available and interested in working with you.”

Was it easy or difficult for you to find a caterer?


Miss Wellies

Wedding Date:
February 2014
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  1. Member
    msliveoak 201 posts, Helper bee @ 5:03 pm

    Did you end up hiring a chef to do a private party? I used to work in a store that hired chefs to teach cooking classes, and they would often do private parties as well. Are you doing a destination or semi-destination wedding? A farm sounds fun! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your story as it unfolds 🙂

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:47 pm

    @snd485: I’m glad you were able to try the food before you signed the contract! Our caterer was awesome and gave us a complimentary tasting. 🙂
    @OnceUponATime: Although I spoke with a private chef, we ended up hiring a catering company. Thanks for the tip! 🙂
    @krislynn_sd: I’m glad you got the reference! 😀 Sadly, we don’t have many food trucks to choose from in our area. I’m so impressed that you’re catering your wedding!
    @MsLiveOak: We ended up hiring a catering company that was willing to work with a small party. I guess you could call it a semi-destination wedding—the farm is an hour away from our house. 🙂

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    Shiny, Guest @ 8:51 pm

    Most elopers just go to a restaurant afterward. Is that not an option for you?

    Just saw you have a venue. What sort of elopement is this? My husband and I just picked a date went downtown, filled out papers, went back to work and went out for dinner afterward.

  4. wellies Bee
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:35 pm

    @Shiny: We’re having a Jewish ceremony at our venue, followed by a first dance, dinner, and cake. 🙂

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    Miss Leopard 1992 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:40 pm

    I find it so strange that you are catering dinner for 6 VENDORS.

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    Shiny, Guest @ 5:12 pm

    @Miss Wellies:
    Isn’t that just a small wedding then?

    @Miss Leopard: huh?

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    jrzygurl 1881 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:42 pm

    @Miss Leopard:

    Honey you need to read before you’re so rude. The 6 people are the bride, groom, and their parents.

    I came back to check-in on @Miss Wellies: because we haven’t had a post from her in a while.

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    aeroplaneoverthesea 41 posts, Newbee @ 10:21 am

    @Miss Wellies: Just wondering if you’re still blogging about your wedding. I had really enjoyed reading your posts!

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