so i'm researching wedding caterers and wedding venues (including rehearsal and brunch venues). i'm finding that the per person price is significantly more than even the finest dinner would be. i've been quoted a per person price of $165, $180, and $135 (plus rentals) for a fairly normal dinner. this does NOT include alcohol, tax or tip! i kind of understand - but I also wonder if people hear wedding and just charge some outrageous amount. i've had the tasting menu at restaurants like spago and only spent around $100 (or $150 after tax/tip/drinks). i guess i just don't know what i'm missing - are places really that put out by an event that they need to charge more? do they lose that much "regular" business? if anyone could shed light on this, i would be interested in the reasons why this i so. . .