Post # 1
I was really excited that we had found a caterer and even did a tasting. We discussed a lot if options with her and then she disappeared for a week and a half. Didnt return emails or phone calls. Then she finally gets back to us apologizing for the delay that she has been very busy. Doesn’t answer any of the info we asked her to get back with during the tasting. So I email her back with concerns and more questions, its been two weeks. So she either dumped us or is horribly responsive which is a deal breaker. so we r on the hunt again. We are going for a laid back feel to our wedding. Any recommendations would be awesome we live in the DMV area.
Post # 4
I’m using Corcoran Caterers, and while our contact there can be a bit slow to respond, she’s fantastic to work with, and always gets back to us in a couple days. Generally, ALL the vendors are a little slower to respond than I’d like, but I’m the kind of person that has a fit if I’ve got more than 8 unread emails at any given time.
It seems to ve especially bad with caterers, as two of the big companies (Windows and Occasions) didn’t even make it past the “give me a proposal based on these 5 criteria” phase, simply because they took too long to reply. The guy from Windows actually emailed me **3 months** after I sent my follow-up questions from his proposal!
Post # 5
3 months!!!! Geesh. Well do you think I’m being unreasonable??! She hasn’t even given us basic info like cost and ideas for vegan choices we would need.
Post # 6
No, I don’t think you’re being unreasonable. If it’s a business, they need to run it like a business! 2 weeks is too long for a response. I just brought the other stuff up so if you’re like me and expect a quick reply, you can adjust your expectations. I don’t know why they’re all so slow but that seems to be the norm in that business. Whoever you pick, expect it will be a couple days for each reply and be glad when you hear back sooner.
Post # 7
Corcoran Caterers is the best. Very price competitive and they did an amazing job for our wedding. They went above and beyond to accomodate us and had the best attitudes. Cannot say enough about them. Nab them if you can!
Post # 8
A great cost saver is to talk to a chef at a restaurant you like, see if they would like to sit for a coffee with you and maybe talk about doing a private gig – my FI step father is a caterer so he conveniently has sever connections to cook for us on the day of, but we are gettting all our food locally from farmers and a ranch and renting a large BBQ grill from a compnay that rents them for like $50 and then the cost of propane. I realize not everyone is as fortunate to have a chef in their family but if you can maybe craigslist for one and work that way – it would be casual and you can create the menu you want – we have allergies and dietary specifications to deal with so we have opted for a family style service with baked potatos, corn on the cob, beef skewers chicken skewers, and prawn skewers, oh and of course veggie ones too. add some salads and biscuits you’ve got a hearty healthy meal!
Post # 9
That is a deal breaker for me too… unreliable and unresponsive is a no go for my wedding… I dumped 2 caterers because of this. Hope you find a caterer soon… I think I found mine at the just over 3 month mark.