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.
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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?