Nov 14, 2009
Food was one place my husband and I werent willing to skip. Our ceremony took place in Santa Barbara and I did my due diligence and researched the local wedding blogs and websites and came up with three potential catering companies: one high-priced (Pure Joy), one mid-priced (Lorraine Lim) and one low-priced (DJs Catering). Pure Joy, the high priced vendor was very pulled together, but their food was was horrible. It was very bland and completely disappointing. The mid-priced vendor, Lorraine Lim, was 100% unprepared for our meeting: they were completely over-booked and my tasting was a sit-down conversation with a part-time assistant, who happened to have all three of her kids in-tow. After tasting at the two catering companies in Santa Barbara, we headed to Ventura to sit down with Doug Biggs of DJ's Catering (http://www.djscatering.com). Located about 45 minutes South of Santa Barbara, DJs Catering is a bit off the beaten path, but delivered exactly what we were looking for- an AMAZING meal that left people wanting to lick their plates clean at an incredible price. Whats more is that they automatically included gratuity and offered a 10% military discount (my husband is active duty) off the total cost of the catering (including dance floor, speaker rental, and set up). The food was literally some of the best food I have ever tasted. We actually requested the recipe for the Pasta Porcini because we loved it so much and I had 7 separate guests ask if I could get the recipe. Again, my husband and I are completely foodies and we were more than willing to shell out big-bucks for a great meal. For those of you thinking about destination weddings think big, in terms of radius for your vendors, and make food tasting a priority. Had I limited my search to Santa Barbara caterers, we would have paid at least 25% more and sacrificed verifiable quality. Instead, we found an amazing caterer at an amazing price.
Services used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
Roadrunner Shuttle and Limousine
Since all of our guests were coming from out of town, we wanted to take care of transportation the day of the celebration so that no one would need to rent cars. I called around to every transportation company I could find and ended up with Road Runner Shuttles. They had the most extensive selection of vehicles. Since we werent driving far, we rented a school bus to transport guests to and from the celebration. I total it was around $600 and that included tax and tip. It was definitely well worth it and I know all of our guests appreciated being able to drink without worrying about driving and the convenience of getting picked up and dropped off.
Services used: Transportation