The reviews seem pretty clear about Marcus and An Affair to Remember, but I figured I’d pile on given how much we loved our wedding last weekend.
My wife and I chose our venue (Observation Post at the Presidio) for two reasons, a) the view is unbelievable, and b) Presidio venues (or at least ours) allow outside catering and beverage companies. This second component was critical, since we were paying for our own wedding. Venues that come with required catering and beverage companies are unbelievably expensive with those per-person rates. This actually made the first phase of wedding planning pretty frustrating – until we found the Presidio and An Affair to Remember.
My wife initially reached out to a handful of caterers, but Marcus and ‘An Affair’ became a clear choice based on our initial discussions and a preliminary quote that was clearly the best value. In fact, Marcus and Danielle (his wife) worked hand in hand with us throughout the entire process to manage our costs while also producing an outstanding wedding. Little tips like bringing a women’s bathroom kit, supplying a few of our own cheeses, and sourcing our own alcohol (through BevMo) saved us literally thousands of dollars. Marcus was happy to do all of this himself, but also knew we could save quite a bit with just a bit of effort on our end.
Throughout the event, we had more than a few guests come up to us and tell us that this was the nicest wedding they had ever attended. Obviously, the view of the Golden Gate Bridge didn’t hurt, but most of the comments actually highlighted Marcus’ touches. The mint color scheme (selected by my wife) was done very tastefully through white table cloths with mint napkins sticking out of the glassware and mint colored cocktail tables as accents. Danielle also created several beautiful flower arrangements for our ceremony as well as all of our table centerpieces. Her flower arrangements rivaled anything I’ve seen from local florists and were a way better value.
The food was also very well received. The appetizers were passed out and included some pretty high end seafood options (e.g., Dungeness Crab and Artichoke Dip and Ahi Poke Bites), while the dinner was a buffet style that included Salmon with Lobster sauce and other “California cuisine” food options. I was a bit worried that the “buffet” wouldn’t be received well by our more snobbish guests, but several guests specifically commented on how good the food was and how helpful Marcus was in highlighting the options before heading up to the buffet.
Lastly, and again looking to save money, my wife and I opted against both a wedding planner and day-of planner, despite multiple advisories from friends. Marcus and Danielle happily took on the role of our day-of organizer and made sure everything went smoothly. In fact, they went over and above, going so far as to personally run out for more gin after it ran out midway through the ceremony (who drinks so much Gin?). Seriously – these guys delivered a really perfect wedding.
Marcus and Danielle weren’t just vendors for our wedding, they were our partners and helped make our day incredibly memorable. Thank you!