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You guys are wimps! For destination weddings I don't charge travel, hotel or food. I ride a bicycle to keep down costs and I bring a tent too. The only problem is that I have to leave very early, sometimes months in advance not just because of the lengthy travel time, but also because I plant and grow my own food once I arrive. I used to hunt wild game before I became a vegetarian. When I first started I tried the "Free-gan" approach of using recycled food from destination area dumpsters, but I was concerned that this might reflect poorly on my brand.
OK, no really - hot meal - it's in the contract. I have no idea why I would need to bring the couple into it - hello, coordinator? The couple of times I was given a mayo dripping sandwich and chips (venue fault) or a plate of rice with a few bits of something else in it (also venue fault)? I quietly made a note in my files, I will remember the next time either of those venues come up. All the other vendors eat and maybe it's an LA thing or it's us, but I don't need to make a stink about it, we're taken care of. I eat quickly and we take turns so nothing is missed. Pictures of people eating? Rarely flattering. Many of our clients are big time foodies and they're usually excited that we appreciate the food. Last year we had one catered by Animal and we're doing one this fall at Comme Ça, yum.