If I hear one more bride/client or whomever say to me, “oh I just want something simple” and then continue that sentence with, “I JUST WANT, dinnerware, flatware, glassware, overlays, satin of course, chair covers, bow ties, staff to set up and break down, three entree choices, two starches, a Caesar salad and perhaps one more “simple” passed hors d’oeuvre… something with shrimp. But, I am on a tight budget so let’s just keep it simple. Oh, and do you guys provide the bar? If so, I can get the alcohol and you just need to serve it.” REALLY?
ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! An entire dinner service just rolled off your tongue; the only thing you forgot was a freaking toothpick… And THAT’S SIMPLE? Honey, if I have to roll out of bed that morning to cater your wedding/ event, it’s not SIMPLE. Think about it, how long does it take you to prepare a romantic dinner for your boyfriend/husband/friend whatever? Yeah, multiply that by 100 - 200 - 300 guests. NOTHING is simple in our world.
OH, I JUST WANT SOMETHING SIMPLE. Just a few extra appetizers, just one more salad, a couple desserts, JUST, JUST JUST… Lady, close your eyes and imagine that you have six appetizers to make, (something simple, no big deal), and now imagine that one guest will have at least two of EACH item. That’s a lot of food! Seriously, GO TO COSTCO IF YOU WANT SIMPLE, because clearly you have no idea what you’re asking of me.
Asking our pastry chef to make a SIMPLE 5 tier wedding cake that sings, dances and literally has bells and whistles hanging from it is difficult. And when you add in, “I just want something simple” after your long explanation, and then continue with “Is this something you can do?” Sure, we can do it, but AGAIN, it’s not freaking simple!
I know it's not the responsibility of the bride understand how much actually goes on behind the scenes or food cost, labor cost, etc., but the next time you inquire with a caterer, please leave the word SIMPLE out of the conversation because there is nothing SIMPLE about what I do. And honestly, it’s insulting to listen as some bride completely minimizes all of the work that goes into the preparation.
In a nutshell, please give your vendors the respect they deserve by deleting the word SIMPLE from your vocabulary. Because if it were that simple, then everybody would be doing it. And nothing is SIMPLE when we’re talking about preparing for a wedding! It's just as simple as that.