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Catering by Uptown

Pasadena , MD
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LOCATION

2042 Knollview Ave
Pasadena, MD US 21122 (map)

PHONE

410-437-5711

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Your wedding is the most important event of your life. Entrust it to Catering by Uptown because we offer...


The Total Package...Amazing Food, Flawless Service, Elegant... Read more
Your wedding is the most important event of your life. Entrust it to Catering by Uptown because we offer...


The Total Package...Amazing Food, Flawless Service, Elegant Tablescapes, Complete Coordination, Beautiful Venues combine to provide you with unique value.

Compassion...We will do absolutely anything to make your day wonderful.

Preparation...Our family has been preparing for your day for over 40 years.

Peace of Mind...Our promises are kept. Our prices are guaranteed. Our work is the best. Read less

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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor, Specialty Beer
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pan-Asian, Polynesian, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
Yes
Are you also able to provide the wedding cake?
Yes
If a bride decides to bring her own wedding cake, do you have a cake cutting fee? If yes, how much is the fee?
We do not charge a fee for cake cutting.
Are you licensed to sell alcohol? If yes, where are you licensed?
Yes. Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
Yes
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
Yes
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1000

INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
2000
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Boat / Yacht, Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
240
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
0
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
30
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

REVIEWS

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DeLisia
Wedding:
9/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown and Celebrations at the Bay were absolutely amazing! The venue, food and service were great, professional and beautiful! They made our day turn out perfectly!
Catering by Uptown and Celebrations at the Bay were absolutely amazing! The venue, food and service were great, Read more...
Catering by Uptown and Celebrations at the Bay were absolutely amazing! The venue, food and service were great, professional and beautiful! They made our day turn out perfectly! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Angel
Wedding:
8/1/2014
5.0/5.0
My coordinator Eileen was the BEST!!!! She was very attentive to me, and every detail of my anniversary party for my parents!!! The food was great. The venue was beautiful, and most of all everyone had a wonderful time. I don't have any complaints!!
My coordinator Eileen was the BEST!!!! She was very attentive to me, and every detail of my anniversary party for my Read more...
My coordinator Eileen was the BEST!!!! She was very attentive to me, and every detail of my anniversary party for my parents!!! The food was great. The venue was beautiful, and most of all everyone had a wonderful time. I don't have any complaints!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Wondering, my wedding was amazing. Celebrations at the Bay is an amazing venue with a great few and a wonderful staff. The food a staff are all amazing. They were very accommodating and provided us with anything we asked for and my guests are still talking about them. I will cater with them for anything and everything if I can.
Wondering, my wedding was amazing. Celebrations at the Bay is an amazing venue with a great few and a wonderful staff. The Read more...
Wondering, my wedding was amazing. Celebrations at the Bay is an amazing venue with a great few and a wonderful staff. The food a staff are all amazing. They were very accommodating and provided us with anything we asked for and my guests are still talking about them. I will cater with them for anything and everything if I can. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Celebrations at the Bay was a beautiful place to have our wedding. It was a wonderful experience from the very beginning. Our day or coordinator was wonderful and took care of everything small or large.
Celebrations at the Bay was a beautiful place to have our wedding. It was a wonderful experience from the very beginning. Read more...
Celebrations at the Bay was a beautiful place to have our wedding. It was a wonderful experience from the very beginning. Our day or coordinator was wonderful and took care of everything small or large. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Our planner, Eileen, was great. The wedding was so elegant and the food was outstanding
Our planner, Eileen, was great. The wedding was so elegant and the food was outstanding
Our planner, Eileen, was great. The wedding was so elegant and the food was outstanding Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Kayla
Wedding:
5/16/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I found this venue by accident when we were checking out a marina to possibly have an outdoor wedding reception on the water.We thought they were just a catering company so we wandered in on a Sunday with no appointment.Everyone was more than happy to help up and Lindsey gave us a tour of both sides of the venue.I fell in love with the garden / tent side even though the ballroom / deck was also breathtaking.There was something about the little bridal house that really sold me.I could just imagine my girls helping me get ready in there.We sat down and got a price quote which I thought was going to be WAY out of our budget and we were pleasantly surprised.They are definitely not the cheapest place around but for the service that they provide, it is well worth it!! They worked with our budget and we were sold. We didn't sign immediately because we wanted to think about it but soon after we went back to set a date. When we arrived, they greeted us with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Once they gave us the contract they also gave us a lobster bisque martini. We took one bite and asked for a pen!! Immediately we were set up with a planning website that had EVERYTHING that needed to be done and a suggested date for it to be completed. This was SOOOOOO helpful. We went to a tasting and fell in love with the food and don't even get me started on the cake!! We went with the lemon cake which I would definitely recommend.The cake is included and we spent the extra 100 dollars to add icing flowers and a few decorations. Well worth it.It came out beautiful!On the day of, they allowed me and my girls to arrive 1 and a half hours early to get my dress on and take pictures.We were greeted with champagne with strawberries in it and bottles water.As my guests started arriving, they were greeted with fruit water and escorted to the beautiful garden.Tiffany and Jennifer made everything go so smoothly and everything was absolutely PERFECT!! Thank you so much!
My husband and I found this venue by accident when we were checking out a marina to possibly have an outdoor wedding Read more...
My husband and I found this venue by accident when we were checking out a marina to possibly have an outdoor wedding reception on the water.We thought they were just a catering company so we wandered in on a Sunday with no appointment.Everyone was more than happy to help up and Lindsey gave us a tour of both sides of the venue.I fell in love with the garden / tent side even though the ballroom / deck was also breathtaking.There was something about the little bridal house that really sold me.I could just imagine my girls helping me get ready in there.We sat down and got a price quote which I thought was going to be WAY out of our budget and we were pleasantly surprised.They are definitely not the cheapest place around but for the service that they provide, it is well worth it!! They worked with our budget and we were sold. We didn't sign immediately because we wanted to think about it but soon after we went back to set a date. When we arrived, they greeted us with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Once they gave us the contract they also gave us a lobster bisque martini. We took one bite and asked for a pen!! Immediately we were set up with a planning website that had EVERYTHING that needed to be done and a suggested date for it to be completed. This was SOOOOOO helpful. We went to a tasting and fell in love with the food and don't even get me started on the cake!! We went with the lemon cake which I would definitely recommend.The cake is included and we spent the extra 100 dollars to add icing flowers and a few decorations. Well worth it.It came out beautiful!On the day of, they allowed me and my girls to arrive 1 and a half hours early to get my dress on and take pictures.We were greeted with champagne with strawberries in it and bottles water.As my guests started arriving, they were greeted with fruit water and escorted to the beautiful garden.Tiffany and Jennifer made everything go so smoothly and everything was absolutely PERFECT!! Thank you so much! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Laurie
Wedding:
5/9/2014
5.0/5.0
I had my ceremony and reception at the Anchor Inn in Pasadena, MD. It was a beautiful location for 60 guests. The entire wedding went off without a hitch. Catering by Uptown provided everything I could have asked for, the entire process was so easy. It really allowed me to enjoy my wedding without worrying about the details.

The food was incredible. Mostly all of the guests I was able to speak with raved about all of the food. People are still talking about the food days later!

I would recommend the Anchor Inn to anyone with a smaller crowd, the venue was perfect. It is a beautiful location and the décor of the building alone was beautiful with the lighting they provided.

If your looking for a venue on the water, this is the place!
I had my ceremony and reception at the Anchor Inn in Pasadena, MD. It was a beautiful location for 60 guests. The entire Read more...
I had my ceremony and reception at the Anchor Inn in Pasadena, MD. It was a beautiful location for 60 guests. The entire wedding went off without a hitch. Catering by Uptown provided everything I could have asked for, the entire process was so easy. It really allowed me to enjoy my wedding without worrying about the details.

The food was incredible. Mostly all of the guests I was able to speak with raved about all of the food. People are still talking about the food days later!

I would recommend the Anchor Inn to anyone with a smaller crowd, the venue was perfect. It is a beautiful location and the décor of the building alone was beautiful with the lighting they provided.

If your looking for a venue on the water, this is the place! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Elena
Wedding:
5/2/2014
5.0/5.0
I used Catering by Uptown for catering for my wedding and cannot say enough good things about them. Our experience started with Lauren, who we met while looking at one of Catering by Uptown's venues. Lauren could tell that we were unsure about our venue choices. She recommended Walters Art Museum based on what she heard from us about what we were looking for. She hit the nail on the head! We fell in love with the Walters at first site. Lauren led us through the menu process and even accommodated our request for silver chairs with pink cushions to match our colors.
The great service continued with Mary, who we met at our tasting. She walked us through every detail from plate style to linen colors to exact menu choices. She was very responsive to my several questions between the tasting and the actual wedding.
We met our day of coordinator, Jeff, when we did the walk through at the Walters. Again, we felt like we were his only clients. Our wedding day could not have gone any smoother. Jeff and his staff provided excellent service and food. We had a dual entree of filet and crab cake, but Catering by Uptown accommodated our guests with dietary restrictions with no questions asked. They even provided gluten free meals. Our guests are still commenting about the amazing food and its presentation.
We would use Catering by Uptown again in a heartbeat! Exceptional food and service!
I used Catering by Uptown for catering for my wedding and cannot say enough good things about them. Our experience started Read more...
I used Catering by Uptown for catering for my wedding and cannot say enough good things about them. Our experience started with Lauren, who we met while looking at one of Catering by Uptown's venues. Lauren could tell that we were unsure about our venue choices. She recommended Walters Art Museum based on what she heard from us about what we were looking for. She hit the nail on the head! We fell in love with the Walters at first site. Lauren led us through the menu process and even accommodated our request for silver chairs with pink cushions to match our colors.
The great service continued with Mary, who we met at our tasting. She walked us through every detail from plate style to linen colors to exact menu choices. She was very responsive to my several questions between the tasting and the actual wedding.
We met our day of coordinator, Jeff, when we did the walk through at the Walters. Again, we felt like we were his only clients. Our wedding day could not have gone any smoother. Jeff and his staff provided excellent service and food. We had a dual entree of filet and crab cake, but Catering by Uptown accommodated our guests with dietary restrictions with no questions asked. They even provided gluten free meals. Our guests are still commenting about the amazing food and its presentation.
We would use Catering by Uptown again in a heartbeat! Exceptional food and service! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Tara
Wedding:
4/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Mary Vick was our coordinator, and she took care of everything we needed so there was not any added stress. Everything with the venue and catering went off without a hitch. The location was beautiful and everyone keeps telling us it was an amazing wedding.
Mary Vick was our coordinator, and she took care of everything we needed so there was not any added stress. Everything Read more...
Mary Vick was our coordinator, and she took care of everything we needed so there was not any added stress. Everything with the venue and catering went off without a hitch. The location was beautiful and everyone keeps telling us it was an amazing wedding. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Beautiful, Incredible, Amazing! My Husband and I HIGHLY recommend Catering by Uptown and Celebrations at the Bay! We had a wonderful experience with them. We worked with the most wonderful team, Joe, Jeff, Mary, Eileen, and Jamie. The customer service was exceptional. We really enjoyed being able to develop a warm relationship with everyone at celebrations. We were planning our wedding from out of town and they were always willing to accommodate us. Mary and Jamie were my day of coordinators and they did a magnificent job! They were extremely attentive to me and my husband, our wedding guests, and our other vendors. I am a very picky and detailed person and everything was set up just as I had asked. And it was more beautiful than I ever imagined. The food was amazing and beautifully presented. The cake from Sugar Bakers was gorgeous and delicious! We received and still are receiving so many compliments on the venue and food. We can not thank them enough!
Beautiful, Incredible, Amazing! My Husband and I HIGHLY recommend Catering by Uptown and Celebrations at the Bay! We had a Read more...
Beautiful, Incredible, Amazing! My Husband and I HIGHLY recommend Catering by Uptown and Celebrations at the Bay! We had a wonderful experience with them. We worked with the most wonderful team, Joe, Jeff, Mary, Eileen, and Jamie. The customer service was exceptional. We really enjoyed being able to develop a warm relationship with everyone at celebrations. We were planning our wedding from out of town and they were always willing to accommodate us. Mary and Jamie were my day of coordinators and they did a magnificent job! They were extremely attentive to me and my husband, our wedding guests, and our other vendors. I am a very picky and detailed person and everything was set up just as I had asked. And it was more beautiful than I ever imagined. The food was amazing and beautifully presented. The cake from Sugar Bakers was gorgeous and delicious! We received and still are receiving so many compliments on the venue and food. We can not thank them enough! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Julie
Wedding:
3/23/2014
5.0/5.0
We had pleasure meeting Bob, the owner, who enabled us to have our fantastic wedding at the Celebrations at the Bay!! Elaine the wedding coordinator was wonderful and extremely responsive and caring =) Food was also amazing!! We had dual plate of fillet and crab cake. Many guests said that was one of the BEST crab cakes they had! Thank you Catering by Uptown for making wedding of our dream happen.
We had pleasure meeting Bob, the owner, who enabled us to have our fantastic wedding at the Celebrations at the Bay!! Read more...
We had pleasure meeting Bob, the owner, who enabled us to have our fantastic wedding at the Celebrations at the Bay!! Elaine the wedding coordinator was wonderful and extremely responsive and caring =) Food was also amazing!! We had dual plate of fillet and crab cake. Many guests said that was one of the BEST crab cakes they had! Thank you Catering by Uptown for making wedding of our dream happen. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Great value, amazing good, classy service
Great value, amazing good, classy service
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Services Used: Wedding Venue
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DJ
Wedding:
12/21/2013
5.0/5.0
We had our December wedding at the Villa in Beltsville, MD. Food was awesome and the venue was beautifuly decorated exactly how I wanted. We had the entire place to ourselves and the services were great.
We had our December wedding at the Villa in Beltsville, MD. Food was awesome and the venue was beautifuly decorated Read more...
We had our December wedding at the Villa in Beltsville, MD. Food was awesome and the venue was beautifuly decorated exactly how I wanted. We had the entire place to ourselves and the services were great. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Stephanie
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
These guys are awesome. The food that they created for us was insane. I requested things that weren't even on their menu and they made it happen. They can do anything. Absolutely anything. The day of coordinator we had, Eileen was great. She made sure that my husband and I ate, and that we and our parents were well taken care of. Catering by Uptown's food is amazing, and their staff is awesome.
These guys are awesome. The food that they created for us was insane. I requested things that weren't even on their menu Read more...
These guys are awesome. The food that they created for us was insane. I requested things that weren't even on their menu and they made it happen. They can do anything. Absolutely anything. The day of coordinator we had, Eileen was great. She made sure that my husband and I ate, and that we and our parents were well taken care of. Catering by Uptown's food is amazing, and their staff is awesome. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Holly
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
The site is gorgeous. The service was amazing. They made my guests feel like royalty. They gave me the wedding of my dreams.
The site is gorgeous. The service was amazing. They made my guests feel like royalty. They gave me the wedding of my Read more...
The site is gorgeous. The service was amazing. They made my guests feel like royalty. They gave me the wedding of my dreams. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Rachel
Wedding:
10/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Uptown is a top notch quality caterer, they handled everything from organization of my wedding (at another venue) to helping carry my dress outside for photos. Their wait staff and bartenders are so kind and go out of their way to make sure you are happy and comfortable. The food is OUTSTANDING (I highly recommend the lobster Gabrielle) and you won't find a better quality caterer anywhere. Eileen, our planner, was incredible. She made anything we wanted happen and did it with a smile, no matter how many last minute changes we made. Thank you!!
Uptown is a top notch quality caterer, they handled everything from organization of my wedding (at another venue) to Read more...
Uptown is a top notch quality caterer, they handled everything from organization of my wedding (at another venue) to helping carry my dress outside for photos. Their wait staff and bartenders are so kind and go out of their way to make sure you are happy and comfortable. The food is OUTSTANDING (I highly recommend the lobster Gabrielle) and you won't find a better quality caterer anywhere. Eileen, our planner, was incredible. She made anything we wanted happen and did it with a smile, no matter how many last minute changes we made. Thank you!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Courtney
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
I booked my wedding here and it was so great! Food was delicious and my music was kicking it was a amazing night!!!! Book with them they really do a awesome job!! Worth the money
I booked my wedding here and it was so great! Food was delicious and my music was kicking it was a amazing night!!!! Book Read more...
I booked my wedding here and it was so great! Food was delicious and my music was kicking it was a amazing night!!!! Book with them they really do a awesome job!! Worth the money Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Rona
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
They catered my wedding and I cannot complain about anything! They were wonderful, responsive and very professional. I went to the tasting with my family and we had so much fun. They took care of us on our wedding day and I am very very happy with their service. Our wedding was held at Anchor Inn and It was perfect! Jeff Ditter was our contact person and I'll never forget his customer service-I felt like he was my good friend from the very beginning, very sincere, nice, genuine and just willing to work with me even though I was penny pinching so hard, I'm sure you ladies know what I mean ;) Katelynn Schmidt was the girl who helped me pick my linens, etc. she was so cute and so much fun, very accommodating and so sweet. Melanie was another girl who helped us on our wedding day and she was fantastic as well. I highly, highly recommend them!!!
They catered my wedding and I cannot complain about anything! They were wonderful, responsive and very professional. I Read more...
They catered my wedding and I cannot complain about anything! They were wonderful, responsive and very professional. I went to the tasting with my family and we had so much fun. They took care of us on our wedding day and I am very very happy with their service. Our wedding was held at Anchor Inn and It was perfect! Jeff Ditter was our contact person and I'll never forget his customer service-I felt like he was my good friend from the very beginning, very sincere, nice, genuine and just willing to work with me even though I was penny pinching so hard, I'm sure you ladies know what I mean ;) Katelynn Schmidt was the girl who helped me pick my linens, etc. she was so cute and so much fun, very accommodating and so sweet. Melanie was another girl who helped us on our wedding day and she was fantastic as well. I highly, highly recommend them!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Janice
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
My wedding was @ the Anchor Inn...everything was fantastic...from the food, venue, coordinator services...they did an AWESOME job!!! My wedding day was WONDERFUL!
My wedding was @ the Anchor Inn...everything was fantastic...from the food, venue, coordinator services...they did an Read more...
My wedding was @ the Anchor Inn...everything was fantastic...from the food, venue, coordinator services...they did an AWESOME job!!! My wedding day was WONDERFUL! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Sophia
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Joe & Jeff from Catering by Uptown were amazing to work with. Jeff assisted us during the planning process. He helped us chose the most fabulous linens, china, appetizers, food, menu etc. Everyone raved about the food and service. During the actual reception Joe took care of everything and made sure the entire evening ran flawless. The team was so professional and such a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend their Catering bu Uptown's services for your next wedding or event.
Joe & Jeff from Catering by Uptown were amazing to work with. Jeff assisted us during the planning process. He helped us Read more...
Joe & Jeff from Catering by Uptown were amazing to work with. Jeff assisted us during the planning process. He helped us chose the most fabulous linens, china, appetizers, food, menu etc. Everyone raved about the food and service. During the actual reception Joe took care of everything and made sure the entire evening ran flawless. The team was so professional and such a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend their Catering bu Uptown's services for your next wedding or event. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Raechel
Wedding:
9/6/2013
5.0/5.0
By far the best wedding food I've ever had. The selections for the table decor was endless and the staff really go out of their way to please their brides!
By far the best wedding food I've ever had. The selections for the table decor was endless and the staff really go out of Read more...
By far the best wedding food I've ever had. The selections for the table decor was endless and the staff really go out of their way to please their brides! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Heather
Wedding:
8/28/2013
5.0/5.0
We got married July 19, 2013 at Celebrations at the Bay. We planned our wedding in 5 months. Celebrations team was amazing and flexible. Our wedding planner was Angie. She was AMAZING!! If you are looking to get married here, ask for her. She was extremely organized and kept everything going smoothly and she took care of any issues (like allergies). This location was beautiful, the food was amazing. The only complaint I have it that I wish we would of had more time. Thank you for making me and my husband's dreams come true!
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We got married July 19, 2013 at Celebrations at the Bay. We planned our wedding in 5 months. Celebrations team was amazing and flexible. Our wedding planner was Angie. She was AMAZING!! If you are looking to get married here, ask for her. She was extremely organized and kept everything going smoothly and she took care of any issues (like allergies). This location was beautiful, the food was amazing. The only complaint I have it that I wish we would of had more time. Thank you for making me and my husband's dreams come true! Read less
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Caitlin
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
My wedding took place at the Anchor Inn, owned by Catering by Uptown. This venue was absolutely stunning for my summer wedding and guests could not stop raving about being right on the water, the beautiful outdoor patio, the INCREDIBLE food, and very helpful and friendly staff. My husband and I could not be happier with how our planning process and wedding day went, and we owe it all to Catering by Uptown!
My wedding took place at the Anchor Inn, owned by Catering by Uptown. This venue was absolutely stunning for my summer Read more...
My wedding took place at the Anchor Inn, owned by Catering by Uptown. This venue was absolutely stunning for my summer wedding and guests could not stop raving about being right on the water, the beautiful outdoor patio, the INCREDIBLE food, and very helpful and friendly staff. My husband and I could not be happier with how our planning process and wedding day went, and we owe it all to Catering by Uptown! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Scott & Rochelle
Wedding:
6/21/2013
5.0/5.0
All we can say is "WOW"!!!! From the time we first visited, we knew this was our wedding site! The beauty, the decor, the views are perfect! Eileen was our coordinator and is now a good friend! She was on top of every detail and didn't miss a step! The food was delicious, the staff was attentive, they even went and bought White Gloves for the staff to wear per our request! We will have all of our future party events here and will always treasure the moments we have thanks to this wonderful company and Eileen!
All we can say is "WOW"!!!! From the time we first visited, we knew this was our wedding site! The beauty, the decor, the Read more...
All we can say is "WOW"!!!! From the time we first visited, we knew this was our wedding site! The beauty, the decor, the views are perfect! Eileen was our coordinator and is now a good friend! She was on top of every detail and didn't miss a step! The food was delicious, the staff was attentive, they even went and bought White Gloves for the staff to wear per our request! We will have all of our future party events here and will always treasure the moments we have thanks to this wonderful company and Eileen! Read less
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Patricia
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was May 25, 1963 and this was our 50th Anniversary Celebration held at Town & Country in Lansdowne, MD. It was very special to us because it was exactly 50 years to the day and we had our reception back then at Town & Country. We were extremely pleased with Caroline Rutter who took care of everything for us to make it a stress free time. My husband and I renewed our vows in a special ceremony and then to our utter surprise, my son and his fiance were married right after us. Caroline took everything in stride and rearranged our sweetheart table to include the newlyweds. The service was wonderful, food excellent, venue a little different from 50 years ago, but very beautiful. All of our guests had a wonerful time and complimented us for our choices and stated they loved everything about it. Thank you Catering by Uptown and Caroline Rutter for giving us a very memorable time.
Our wedding was May 25, 1963 and this was our 50th Anniversary Celebration held at Town & Country in Lansdowne, MD. It was Read more...
Our wedding was May 25, 1963 and this was our 50th Anniversary Celebration held at Town & Country in Lansdowne, MD. It was very special to us because it was exactly 50 years to the day and we had our reception back then at Town & Country. We were extremely pleased with Caroline Rutter who took care of everything for us to make it a stress free time. My husband and I renewed our vows in a special ceremony and then to our utter surprise, my son and his fiance were married right after us. Caroline took everything in stride and rearranged our sweetheart table to include the newlyweds. The service was wonderful, food excellent, venue a little different from 50 years ago, but very beautiful. All of our guests had a wonerful time and complimented us for our choices and stated they loved everything about it. Thank you Catering by Uptown and Caroline Rutter for giving us a very memorable time. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Clare
Wedding:
5/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Look no further for the best place to have a wedding reception or event!! The owners and staff are professional, kind, and pay attention to every detail. We couldnt have asked for a better more gorgeous wedding than at celebrations! We are still receiving compliments about the food, drink, and staff.
Thank you celebrations for making the best day of my life, truly a memorable day!
Look no further for the best place to have a wedding reception or event!! The owners and staff are professional, kind, and Read more...
Look no further for the best place to have a wedding reception or event!! The owners and staff are professional, kind, and pay attention to every detail. We couldnt have asked for a better more gorgeous wedding than at celebrations! We are still receiving compliments about the food, drink, and staff.
Thank you celebrations for making the best day of my life, truly a memorable day! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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debz12
Wedding:
5/17/2013
5.0/5.0
We first started looking at venues for our May 2013 wedding in march of the previous year. This was the first venue we looked at. Ever since we met with Chelesa we kept on comparing every other venue to Celebrations but nothing could compare to the breathtaking views. The food was amazing... 3 months later and people are still talking about it. Eileen was the best! We could not have asked for a better day, the weather was perfect... it's a day we will never forget.
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We first started looking at venues for our May 2013 wedding in march of the previous year. This was the first venue we looked at. Ever since we met with Chelesa we kept on comparing every other venue to Celebrations but nothing could compare to the breathtaking views. The food was amazing... 3 months later and people are still talking about it. Eileen was the best! We could not have asked for a better day, the weather was perfect... it's a day we will never forget. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Melinda
Wedding:
5/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown made our day so magical. My husband and I were ready to book with another venue. One visit to Celebrations at the Bay and we were ready to sign on the dotted line. The idea of having our wedding on the water was an opportunity we could not resist (the view was so breathtaking). Catering by Uptown really worked with us to make our day special and even assisted us in budgeting/cutting costs. They were so responsive to emails (usually within hours) and easily attended to our concerns around guests with special physical and dietary needs. On the day of the wedding, the ballroom was so elegant, the food was exquisite, and the service from the staff was outstanding!! Our day of coordinator, Eileen, was the BEST (so professional and friendly)! Our family and guests are still talking about how beautiful everything was and I imagine the conversations will continue for some time to come!!!
Catering by Uptown made our day so magical. My husband and I were ready to book with another venue. One visit to Read more...
Catering by Uptown made our day so magical. My husband and I were ready to book with another venue. One visit to Celebrations at the Bay and we were ready to sign on the dotted line. The idea of having our wedding on the water was an opportunity we could not resist (the view was so breathtaking). Catering by Uptown really worked with us to make our day special and even assisted us in budgeting/cutting costs. They were so responsive to emails (usually within hours) and easily attended to our concerns around guests with special physical and dietary needs. On the day of the wedding, the ballroom was so elegant, the food was exquisite, and the service from the staff was outstanding!! Our day of coordinator, Eileen, was the BEST (so professional and friendly)! Our family and guests are still talking about how beautiful everything was and I imagine the conversations will continue for some time to come!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Meghan
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
I wish I could rate them higher than a 5 for responsiveness. Joanna M. Campbell was amazing to work with. She would respond to my emails 30 seconds after I sent them. After talking to other venues working with other "coordinators" who created more problems than they solved I can't tell you how important it is to have someone like Joanna who is on top of things. Joanna walked me through the process from start to finish and I have full confidence that she could pull off any concept ot idea you have for your big event.
I wish I could rate them higher than a 5 for responsiveness. Joanna M. Campbell was amazing to work with. She would Read more...
I wish I could rate them higher than a 5 for responsiveness. Joanna M. Campbell was amazing to work with. She would respond to my emails 30 seconds after I sent them. After talking to other venues working with other "coordinators" who created more problems than they solved I can't tell you how important it is to have someone like Joanna who is on top of things. Joanna walked me through the process from start to finish and I have full confidence that she could pull off any concept ot idea you have for your big event. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Christina
Wedding:
3/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Amazing. Absolutely amazing. I am one of those everything-must-be-perfect people and I literally didn't have to worry about anything when working with Catering by Uptown. We got married at Celebrations at the Bay and the venue, planning team, staff, and coordinators were on top of everything. My wedding party never went hungry while doing pictures during cocktail hour guests are still raving about the delicious food. And they were just so flexible with everything! We literally moved our ceremony from inside to outside a HALF HOUR before it was supposed to start and it couldn't have been more perfect. Not to mention, they do almost everything for you. If you're looking for a relaxing wedding planning process, Catering by Uptown is for you!
Amazing. Absolutely amazing. I am one of those everything-must-be-perfect people and I literally didn't have to worry Read more...
Amazing. Absolutely amazing. I am one of those everything-must-be-perfect people and I literally didn't have to worry about anything when working with Catering by Uptown. We got married at Celebrations at the Bay and the venue, planning team, staff, and coordinators were on top of everything. My wedding party never went hungry while doing pictures during cocktail hour guests are still raving about the delicious food. And they were just so flexible with everything! We literally moved our ceremony from inside to outside a HALF HOUR before it was supposed to start and it couldn't have been more perfect. Not to mention, they do almost everything for you. If you're looking for a relaxing wedding planning process, Catering by Uptown is for you! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Stacy
Wedding:
3/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was everything we wanted and much, much more - and we have Catering by Uptown to thank for that. From the moment we stepped into The Villa back in March of 2012, we knew that we wanted our wedding there, and that was more and more confirmed as we continued corresponding with the staff.

Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. The food was delicious (we got SO many compliments on it throughout the night), and several people have told us that our wedding was the best that they have ever been to (people are still telling us this a month later!). Joanna was amazing all night. Her and our other DOC were constantly checking up on us to make sure we were having a good time (and eating!). They made the whole night stress free and completely relaxing.

Catering by Uptown made our dream wedding come true. :)
Our wedding was everything we wanted and much, much more - and we have Catering by Uptown to thank for that. From the Read more...
Our wedding was everything we wanted and much, much more - and we have Catering by Uptown to thank for that. From the moment we stepped into The Villa back in March of 2012, we knew that we wanted our wedding there, and that was more and more confirmed as we continued corresponding with the staff.

Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. The food was delicious (we got SO many compliments on it throughout the night), and several people have told us that our wedding was the best that they have ever been to (people are still telling us this a month later!). Joanna was amazing all night. Her and our other DOC were constantly checking up on us to make sure we were having a good time (and eating!). They made the whole night stress free and completely relaxing.

Catering by Uptown made our dream wedding come true. :) Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Ash
Wedding:
2/14/2013
5.0/5.0
I had my Valentine's Day wedding here (2/14/13) and I had the best time of my life. The whole venue was beautiful, the staff was great, and the food was excellent. Let me first say that from the beginning when i came to visit The Villa I feel in love. I felt so welcomed and loved everything so much that we signed the contract 15 months before our wedding. I loved how this place is a one stop shop and everything was basically included. It was so much to choose from, and they offer so much that I couldn't say no. Over the months whenever I had questions the coordinators responded back in a quick and timely fashion. I never had a question unanswered. The day of the wedding the staff was awesome, everyone was so nice and professional. Everything was set up just like we planned and there weren't any issues. The whole day flowed like water. The food was so scrumptious and plentiful that our guess were so full they barely had room for cake. My signature drink was a hit as well. I think about this day and look at my wedding pics everyday as a reminder of the the dream wedding i had here at The Villa on 2/14/13. I would recommend this place/company to everyone!
I had my Valentine's Day wedding here (2/14/13) and I had the best time of my life. The whole venue was beautiful, the Read more...
I had my Valentine's Day wedding here (2/14/13) and I had the best time of my life. The whole venue was beautiful, the staff was great, and the food was excellent. Let me first say that from the beginning when i came to visit The Villa I feel in love. I felt so welcomed and loved everything so much that we signed the contract 15 months before our wedding. I loved how this place is a one stop shop and everything was basically included. It was so much to choose from, and they offer so much that I couldn't say no. Over the months whenever I had questions the coordinators responded back in a quick and timely fashion. I never had a question unanswered. The day of the wedding the staff was awesome, everyone was so nice and professional. Everything was set up just like we planned and there weren't any issues. The whole day flowed like water. The food was so scrumptious and plentiful that our guess were so full they barely had room for cake. My signature drink was a hit as well. I think about this day and look at my wedding pics everyday as a reminder of the the dream wedding i had here at The Villa on 2/14/13. I would recommend this place/company to everyone! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Kristin
Wedding:
10/28/2012
5.0/5.0
My wedding was during the threat of Hurricane Sandy and Frankenstorm. My honeymoon has even been cancelled because of it, but my wedding was still amazing! My wedding was suppose to be outside, but due to the weather it was moved inside and it was gorgeous! I couldn't believe how wonderful everything turned out and came together and it was all thanks to Celebrations at the Bay and Catering by Uptown, and especially Sarah and Joe. I will try to express how sincerely pleased I am with EVERYTHING, but words cannot describe how happy I really am with it all. Sarah, our wedding day coordinator, was very detailed orientated and saw everything through. Joe, was an instrumental part to the entire wedding day. From the very start of the day Joe was there. My Dad came to the venue at 10 AM to drop off/put out the carpet runner and Joe was there to meet him. Also, Joe went above and beyond to make sure my husband, parents, guests, and I were happy. Some of the ways Joe helped was that he made a plate of appetizers for my husband and I because we missed cocktail hour and especially the lobster martinis (our favorite), he also found the "thank you" cards I had spent lots of time on and had them placed where they were suppose to go, and whenever he saw my parents, husband, or I's glasses getting low he was already there with a new one. All in all Joe helped make my husband and I's day the best day of our lives and without him, it would not have been the same. Also, all of our guests could not stop talking about how wonderful all the food, and how much of it there, was! Thank you Celebrations and Catering by Uptown!
My wedding was during the threat of Hurricane Sandy and Frankenstorm. My honeymoon has even been cancelled because of it, Read more...
My wedding was during the threat of Hurricane Sandy and Frankenstorm. My honeymoon has even been cancelled because of it, but my wedding was still amazing! My wedding was suppose to be outside, but due to the weather it was moved inside and it was gorgeous! I couldn't believe how wonderful everything turned out and came together and it was all thanks to Celebrations at the Bay and Catering by Uptown, and especially Sarah and Joe. I will try to express how sincerely pleased I am with EVERYTHING, but words cannot describe how happy I really am with it all. Sarah, our wedding day coordinator, was very detailed orientated and saw everything through. Joe, was an instrumental part to the entire wedding day. From the very start of the day Joe was there. My Dad came to the venue at 10 AM to drop off/put out the carpet runner and Joe was there to meet him. Also, Joe went above and beyond to make sure my husband, parents, guests, and I were happy. Some of the ways Joe helped was that he made a plate of appetizers for my husband and I because we missed cocktail hour and especially the lobster martinis (our favorite), he also found the "thank you" cards I had spent lots of time on and had them placed where they were suppose to go, and whenever he saw my parents, husband, or I's glasses getting low he was already there with a new one. All in all Joe helped make my husband and I's day the best day of our lives and without him, it would not have been the same. Also, all of our guests could not stop talking about how wonderful all the food, and how much of it there, was! Thank you Celebrations and Catering by Uptown! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Marilyn
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown catered my wedding at The Walters Art Museum and everything from start to finish was absolutely amazing! Everyone loved the food and all the servers were very knowledgeable and friendly. Our day of person was Emily, she was extremely helpful and professional. We loved the tasting- it was so much fun to try all the different food and cake. To be honest, everything was so good that it was hard to choose.
Lauren at Uptown introduced us to The Walters and helped us to choose our photographer, etc. Uptown guarantees that you will be 100% satisfied with their recommended vendors and we were!
Catering by Uptown catered my wedding at The Walters Art Museum and everything from start to finish was absolutely Read more...
Catering by Uptown catered my wedding at The Walters Art Museum and everything from start to finish was absolutely amazing! Everyone loved the food and all the servers were very knowledgeable and friendly. Our day of person was Emily, she was extremely helpful and professional. We loved the tasting- it was so much fun to try all the different food and cake. To be honest, everything was so good that it was hard to choose.
Lauren at Uptown introduced us to The Walters and helped us to choose our photographer, etc. Uptown guarantees that you will be 100% satisfied with their recommended vendors and we were! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Barbara
Wedding:
10/26/2012
5.0/5.0
What can I say about Catering by Uptown "AMAZING". The food is the best I have had in a long time. Whenever I plan an event, Catering by Uptown will be on the top of my list.
What can I say about Catering by Uptown "AMAZING". The food is the best I have had in a long time. Whenever I plan an Read more...
What can I say about Catering by Uptown "AMAZING". The food is the best I have had in a long time. Whenever I plan an event, Catering by Uptown will be on the top of my list. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I am so glad that my husband and I selected Catering by Uptown for our wedding. The level of service delivered was incredible. In the months leading up to the wedding, the planning staff was always available to meet with us to answer any and all of our questions. I found the staff to be very professional and responsive. On the day of our wedding, our coordinator was extremely friendly and helpful, and kept checking with us to ensure that all of our needs were being met. Lastly, but most importantly, the food was DELICIOUS! Our guests commented all night about how good the food was. I can't speak highly enough about this company!
I am so glad that my husband and I selected Catering by Uptown for our wedding. The level of service delivered was Read more...
I am so glad that my husband and I selected Catering by Uptown for our wedding. The level of service delivered was incredible. In the months leading up to the wedding, the planning staff was always available to meet with us to answer any and all of our questions. I found the staff to be very professional and responsive. On the day of our wedding, our coordinator was extremely friendly and helpful, and kept checking with us to ensure that all of our needs were being met. Lastly, but most importantly, the food was DELICIOUS! Our guests commented all night about how good the food was. I can't speak highly enough about this company! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Niya
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
We were very impressed by Uptown. We had a very customized menu of Asian food from more than one culture. Everyone raved about the food at the cocktail hour. Unfortunately, we were so busy taking pictures that we did not get to eat the cocktail food, but we could see that it was plentiful and displayed beautifully. The dinner was delicious and even the kids enjoyed their kids' meals. The staff was also very friendly.
Uptown coordinated well with our venue. The provided the linens in advanced to ensure that they would go with our other decorations. I had a ton of questions and the planning staff was very prompt and informative with their answers.
They were a little more expensive than some of the other catering options, but well worth it in the end. They had a large selection of linens, flatware, and chairs to choose from, so we did not have to deal with several subcontractors that would have ended up costing us more. While Uptown is primarily a catering business, they did an excellent job of not only handling our customized Asian-themed menu, but working to ensure that all aspects of the wedding went well.
We were very impressed by Uptown. We had a very customized menu of Asian food from more than one culture. Everyone raved Read more...
We were very impressed by Uptown. We had a very customized menu of Asian food from more than one culture. Everyone raved about the food at the cocktail hour. Unfortunately, we were so busy taking pictures that we did not get to eat the cocktail food, but we could see that it was plentiful and displayed beautifully. The dinner was delicious and even the kids enjoyed their kids' meals. The staff was also very friendly.
Uptown coordinated well with our venue. The provided the linens in advanced to ensure that they would go with our other decorations. I had a ton of questions and the planning staff was very prompt and informative with their answers.
They were a little more expensive than some of the other catering options, but well worth it in the end. They had a large selection of linens, flatware, and chairs to choose from, so we did not have to deal with several subcontractors that would have ended up costing us more. While Uptown is primarily a catering business, they did an excellent job of not only handling our customized Asian-themed menu, but working to ensure that all aspects of the wedding went well. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
There is not much to say besides this venue is one of the best I've ever been too. Truly elegant and exquisite, the food to me is the best in Baltimore and everyone at our wedding raved about the food and I knew it would be good after we went to our tasting 6 months before the wedding. The best part was the plating and presentation of all the food. Not only do you get a fantastic venue with the best views in Maryland they are also your caterer and this type of inclusive package is so essential when you are trying to budget your wedding. During your tasting they allow you to choose your linen and china for the wedding, including providing some of the centerpieces for the tables (votive candles, table numbers, etc.)

If you get a chance to meet Rob Goyena you will know that you are in great hands. He worked with us and our wedding coordinator/planner from beginning to end. We had some concerns and he handled them right away and he even threw in some extras for us which was not expected and added to the decor for our wedding theme and we are truly grateful to him and his team for all their patience and hard work.

Thank You!!!
There is not much to say besides this venue is one of the best I've ever been too. Truly elegant and exquisite, the food Read more...
There is not much to say besides this venue is one of the best I've ever been too. Truly elegant and exquisite, the food to me is the best in Baltimore and everyone at our wedding raved about the food and I knew it would be good after we went to our tasting 6 months before the wedding. The best part was the plating and presentation of all the food. Not only do you get a fantastic venue with the best views in Maryland they are also your caterer and this type of inclusive package is so essential when you are trying to budget your wedding. During your tasting they allow you to choose your linen and china for the wedding, including providing some of the centerpieces for the tables (votive candles, table numbers, etc.)

If you get a chance to meet Rob Goyena you will know that you are in great hands. He worked with us and our wedding coordinator/planner from beginning to end. We had some concerns and he handled them right away and he even threw in some extras for us which was not expected and added to the decor for our wedding theme and we are truly grateful to him and his team for all their patience and hard work.

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Tiffany
Wedding:
9/7/2012
5.0/5.0
We just had our wedding last night at Celebrations and I couldn't wait any longer to write this review!! FABULOUS- that sums it up! Our expectations were completely met and exceeded!! The entire process was so easy, and everyone at catering by uptown was so easy to work with and really genuine!! From signing our contract to getting on the bus on our way back to the hotel after our reception- flawless!! Our day of coordinator- Glynis was wonderful! She was so professional, so kind, so thoughtful and she completely put me at ease!! My husband and I didnt have a worry! From the perfect scenery, to the food, to the service, to the staff - AMAZING! I wish that our wedding hadn't passed, just so that we could go back and do everything again!! There is not one bad thing that I could say!! If you are looking at venues and Celebrations at the Bay is on your radar, look no further! You have found your venue!!!
We just had our wedding last night at Celebrations and I couldn't wait any longer to write this review!! FABULOUS- that Read more...
We just had our wedding last night at Celebrations and I couldn't wait any longer to write this review!! FABULOUS- that sums it up! Our expectations were completely met and exceeded!! The entire process was so easy, and everyone at catering by uptown was so easy to work with and really genuine!! From signing our contract to getting on the bus on our way back to the hotel after our reception- flawless!! Our day of coordinator- Glynis was wonderful! She was so professional, so kind, so thoughtful and she completely put me at ease!! My husband and I didnt have a worry! From the perfect scenery, to the food, to the service, to the staff - AMAZING! I wish that our wedding hadn't passed, just so that we could go back and do everything again!! There is not one bad thing that I could say!! If you are looking at venues and Celebrations at the Bay is on your radar, look no further! You have found your venue!!! Read less
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Ericka
Wedding:
8/31/2012
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have asked for a better place to have our wedding. I loved everything about our special day. My coordinator, Zohar was a amazing. The food was outstanding and so was the atmosphere. My guests are still talking about how beautiful our wedding was 2 months later! I highly recommend Catering by Uptown to any Bride who wants to have a worry free wedding day experience. =)
I couldn't have asked for a better place to have our wedding. I loved everything about our special day. My coordinator, Read more...
I couldn't have asked for a better place to have our wedding. I loved everything about our special day. My coordinator, Zohar was a amazing. The food was outstanding and so was the atmosphere. My guests are still talking about how beautiful our wedding was 2 months later! I highly recommend Catering by Uptown to any Bride who wants to have a worry free wedding day experience. =) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My wedding day was the perfect day because this place was AMAZING!
My wedding day was the perfect day because this place was AMAZING!
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Susan
Wedding:
7/6/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were married here on July 6th and had an awesome wedding. I must have sent them over a hundred emails asking questions and verifying details and they were always very quick to respond. They were so flexible with me! Anything I wanted they made it happen. They even added spaghetti and meatballs to my buffet, changing what kind of alcohol we wanted, making a special signature drink for us from one of our own recipes and even the day of making a few extra kids meals for the older kids that wanted one. About a month before our wedding my pastor broke his hip and was unable to perform our ceremony and they got me in touch with a new officiant. Our day of coordinator, Victoria, was wonderful. I would highly recommend this venue to everyone looking to get married by the water.
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My husband and I were married here on July 6th and had an awesome wedding. I must have sent them over a hundred emails asking questions and verifying details and they were always very quick to respond. They were so flexible with me! Anything I wanted they made it happen. They even added spaghetti and meatballs to my buffet, changing what kind of alcohol we wanted, making a special signature drink for us from one of our own recipes and even the day of making a few extra kids meals for the older kids that wanted one. About a month before our wedding my pastor broke his hip and was unable to perform our ceremony and they got me in touch with a new officiant. Our day of coordinator, Victoria, was wonderful. I would highly recommend this venue to everyone looking to get married by the water. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Jessica
Wedding:
6/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown was the last of 3 places I went to for my wedding venue. I met with Peggy at Celebrations at the Bay last June and right off the bat we loved her. She had the best personality, vibrant, funny and so friendly. She helped us is so many ways to make it all work out just the way we had hoped. Celebrations is such a beautiful place, it needs little introduction. As soon as we got there we knew that is where we wanted to tie the knot. The ease of planning was wonderful, the planning website made it so easy to complete. A month before our wedding we were assigned the "day of" coordinator. Her name is Stephanie. We got lucky, she was phenomenal. She was a perfectionist when it came to my day and I did not worry about anything. I would recommend Catering by Uptown to all of my friends, not just for weddings, but for any event needing an outstanding company such as CBU! Thanks to all of the Staff at CBU for making our day so memorable!
Catering by Uptown was the last of 3 places I went to for my wedding venue. I met with Peggy at Celebrations at the Bay Read more...
Catering by Uptown was the last of 3 places I went to for my wedding venue. I met with Peggy at Celebrations at the Bay last June and right off the bat we loved her. She had the best personality, vibrant, funny and so friendly. She helped us is so many ways to make it all work out just the way we had hoped. Celebrations is such a beautiful place, it needs little introduction. As soon as we got there we knew that is where we wanted to tie the knot. The ease of planning was wonderful, the planning website made it so easy to complete. A month before our wedding we were assigned the "day of" coordinator. Her name is Stephanie. We got lucky, she was phenomenal. She was a perfectionist when it came to my day and I did not worry about anything. I would recommend Catering by Uptown to all of my friends, not just for weddings, but for any event needing an outstanding company such as CBU! Thanks to all of the Staff at CBU for making our day so memorable! Read less
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Devora
Wedding:
6/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was at Celebrations at the Bay and our coordinator was Glynis Keith. Our experience with Catering by Uptown was amazing! From the moment we decided on Celebrations and signed our contract, Catering by Uptown provided us information and reminders to make sure our wedding was perfect. Glynis and the Catering by Uptown planning department answered all of my questions and e-mails, helping me plan the perfect wedding! Celebrations at the Bay is the most beautiful venue! Our ceremony was on the deck and reception in the tent. The food was fantastic and the service was amazing. All of our guests needs were tended to, and no one went hungry or thirsty! Glynis was there on the day of our wedding and made sure everything flowed perfectly. So many of our guests have told us how delicious the food was, how beautiful the setting was, and how amazing our wedding was! My husband and I had the perfect wedding day. There is nothing we would have changed!

Working with Glynis was wonderful. She guided me to making the right decisions about everything from the ceremony through the cocktail hour and reception. If anything didn't go perfectly on my wedding day, I wouldn't know it. Glynis took care of everything. Thank you Glynis and Catering by Uptown!
Our wedding was at Celebrations at the Bay and our coordinator was Glynis Keith. Our experience with Catering by Uptown Read more...
Our wedding was at Celebrations at the Bay and our coordinator was Glynis Keith. Our experience with Catering by Uptown was amazing! From the moment we decided on Celebrations and signed our contract, Catering by Uptown provided us information and reminders to make sure our wedding was perfect. Glynis and the Catering by Uptown planning department answered all of my questions and e-mails, helping me plan the perfect wedding! Celebrations at the Bay is the most beautiful venue! Our ceremony was on the deck and reception in the tent. The food was fantastic and the service was amazing. All of our guests needs were tended to, and no one went hungry or thirsty! Glynis was there on the day of our wedding and made sure everything flowed perfectly. So many of our guests have told us how delicious the food was, how beautiful the setting was, and how amazing our wedding was! My husband and I had the perfect wedding day. There is nothing we would have changed!

Working with Glynis was wonderful. She guided me to making the right decisions about everything from the ceremony through the cocktail hour and reception. If anything didn't go perfectly on my wedding day, I wouldn't know it. Glynis took care of everything. Thank you Glynis and Catering by Uptown! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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slamont86
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
My wedding was held at the Anchor Inn, which is one of the companies' newly renovated wedding locations. This waterfront location was absolutely incredible! My husband and I wanted a smaller occassion for our wedding, and this venue allowed us to have that smaller feel without actually making it feel so small that everyone was clumped together. The enormous number of windows and the outdoor space availability gave us the light, airy, and open feeling we had hoped for. The company's planning department was easily accessible. I did experience a few glitches with the planning website along the way, but it was easy to email any and all of my changes to the planning department representatives, and they were able to manually update everything for me. I had a few very last minute changes and the company was extremely flexible and worked diligently to meet our needs. Oh and by the way, my food was AWESOME! (I wish I could've had a doggy bag!) In general, we could not have asked for a more beautiful event! Everyone at this company worked very hard to make all of our wishes a reality, and it turned out great!
My wedding was held at the Anchor Inn, which is one of the companies' newly renovated wedding locations. This waterfront Read more...
My wedding was held at the Anchor Inn, which is one of the companies' newly renovated wedding locations. This waterfront location was absolutely incredible! My husband and I wanted a smaller occassion for our wedding, and this venue allowed us to have that smaller feel without actually making it feel so small that everyone was clumped together. The enormous number of windows and the outdoor space availability gave us the light, airy, and open feeling we had hoped for. The company's planning department was easily accessible. I did experience a few glitches with the planning website along the way, but it was easy to email any and all of my changes to the planning department representatives, and they were able to manually update everything for me. I had a few very last minute changes and the company was extremely flexible and worked diligently to meet our needs. Oh and by the way, my food was AWESOME! (I wish I could've had a doggy bag!) In general, we could not have asked for a more beautiful event! Everyone at this company worked very hard to make all of our wishes a reality, and it turned out great! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Claudia
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about Catering by Uptown (CBU)! They were absolutely amazing- from the time we signed the contract, to the planning, to the wedding day, everyone is extremely competent and customer-service oriented. My husband and I had dreamed of a venue like Celebrations at the Bay, but never expected the food, the service and everything else to be just as amazing and breathtaking. Not only is the venue beautifully scenic and well-kept, but CBU has so many options for decorating, like linen, plates, lights, and events that help you make decisions like tastings where vendors are invited.

We dealt with Darcy from the moment we had our first appointment, and Darcy is so talented and professional. Darcy was fantastic! She did everything she could to accommodate our requests and make our wedding day an unforgettable event. She was always calm, always reassuring, always sweet, always available, and always professional. She understood our vision and really went above and beyond to make things happen. My husband and I had a running joke- "If anyone can get stuff done...it's Darcy!" She is such an asset and a blessing to CBU and is highly recommended. I could go on, but also want to take the time recognize ALL of the staff.

Every person we dealt with at CBU was professional and attentive. Every time we had an appointment or just dropped items off or made payments, we were always made feel welcome and treated with respect and felt valued. The staff the day of the wedding was so kind and attentive. I never had to ask for anything. Every glass was filled, everyone was taken care of, and my husband and I were really able to enjoy our day. I recommend Celebrations at the Bay, and most importantly, Catering by Uptown emphatically. I could not have asked for anything more- REALLY!
I cannot say enough about Catering by Uptown (CBU)! They were absolutely amazing- from the time we signed the contract, to Read more...
I cannot say enough about Catering by Uptown (CBU)! They were absolutely amazing- from the time we signed the contract, to the planning, to the wedding day, everyone is extremely competent and customer-service oriented. My husband and I had dreamed of a venue like Celebrations at the Bay, but never expected the food, the service and everything else to be just as amazing and breathtaking. Not only is the venue beautifully scenic and well-kept, but CBU has so many options for decorating, like linen, plates, lights, and events that help you make decisions like tastings where vendors are invited.

We dealt with Darcy from the moment we had our first appointment, and Darcy is so talented and professional. Darcy was fantastic! She did everything she could to accommodate our requests and make our wedding day an unforgettable event. She was always calm, always reassuring, always sweet, always available, and always professional. She understood our vision and really went above and beyond to make things happen. My husband and I had a running joke- "If anyone can get stuff done...it's Darcy!" She is such an asset and a blessing to CBU and is highly recommended. I could go on, but also want to take the time recognize ALL of the staff.

Every person we dealt with at CBU was professional and attentive. Every time we had an appointment or just dropped items off or made payments, we were always made feel welcome and treated with respect and felt valued. The staff the day of the wedding was so kind and attentive. I never had to ask for anything. Every glass was filled, everyone was taken care of, and my husband and I were really able to enjoy our day. I recommend Celebrations at the Bay, and most importantly, Catering by Uptown emphatically. I could not have asked for anything more- REALLY! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Maria
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Hands down, no questions asked, the best wedding food you will ever have the pleasure of eating. Not only is their food delicious, their service is impeccable! Everyone we worked with at Uptown was nice as can be, incredibly professional, and quick to respond to queries. They are always willing to help and provide suggestions! In fact, I found our officiant and florist through Uptown!

Almost a month and a half later, I still get compliments about the incredible food served at our wedding, (crab cakes and stuffed chicken in case you're wondering) and how fabulous our day of coordinator was (thanks Emily!) in making sure the day flowed seamlessly.

I cannot express how much I enjoyed my experience with Uptown!
Hands down, no questions asked, the best wedding food you will ever have the pleasure of eating. Not only is their food Read more...
Hands down, no questions asked, the best wedding food you will ever have the pleasure of eating. Not only is their food delicious, their service is impeccable! Everyone we worked with at Uptown was nice as can be, incredibly professional, and quick to respond to queries. They are always willing to help and provide suggestions! In fact, I found our officiant and florist through Uptown!

Almost a month and a half later, I still get compliments about the incredible food served at our wedding, (crab cakes and stuffed chicken in case you're wondering) and how fabulous our day of coordinator was (thanks Emily!) in making sure the day flowed seamlessly.

I cannot express how much I enjoyed my experience with Uptown! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
5/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Where do I even begin? When I first heard of Celebrations at the Bay it was at the Baltimore Bridal Show when I met Peggi Brown. I couldn't help but fall in love with her contagious personality! Then she invited John and I to see the venue, at that moment, I knew nothing else would EVER compare. We were sold! Catering by Uptown made my dream wedding a reality. When I found out that Peggi wouldn't be our day of coordinator I was really nervous because those are BIG shoes to fill. Much to my surprise, we had two of the best ladies help us out for our rehearsal and wedding. For our rehearsal, we had the lovely Victoria walk us through the ceremony. She is truly one of the sweetest people I have ever met. My mother-in-law is terrified of the water and didn't want to be seated outside for the service. Victoria quickly took her aside and calmed her nerves and really saved the day! She even decided to help out with our ceremony the day of the wedding since she had been the one to do the rehearsal! Then we were treated with a second treat... EMILY! Love her! Emily made sure that all our guests were always taken care of and was such a wonderful person to share in our wedding day. It felt like she was part of the family! She took all the stress away so that we were able to really enjoy ourselves. At the end of the afternoon, my dress tore and the next thing I knew Emily was back with a sewing kit to help save me from tears. Thank you to everyone at Catering by Uptown, I will forever have the best memories of my wedding day thanks to all of you! P.S. the guests are still talking about the lobster bisque! xoxo Mrs. John S.
Where do I even begin? When I first heard of Celebrations at the Bay it was at the Baltimore Bridal Show when I met Peggi Read more...
Where do I even begin? When I first heard of Celebrations at the Bay it was at the Baltimore Bridal Show when I met Peggi Brown. I couldn't help but fall in love with her contagious personality! Then she invited John and I to see the venue, at that moment, I knew nothing else would EVER compare. We were sold! Catering by Uptown made my dream wedding a reality. When I found out that Peggi wouldn't be our day of coordinator I was really nervous because those are BIG shoes to fill. Much to my surprise, we had two of the best ladies help us out for our rehearsal and wedding. For our rehearsal, we had the lovely Victoria walk us through the ceremony. She is truly one of the sweetest people I have ever met. My mother-in-law is terrified of the water and didn't want to be seated outside for the service. Victoria quickly took her aside and calmed her nerves and really saved the day! She even decided to help out with our ceremony the day of the wedding since she had been the one to do the rehearsal! Then we were treated with a second treat... EMILY! Love her! Emily made sure that all our guests were always taken care of and was such a wonderful person to share in our wedding day. It felt like she was part of the family! She took all the stress away so that we were able to really enjoy ourselves. At the end of the afternoon, my dress tore and the next thing I knew Emily was back with a sewing kit to help save me from tears. Thank you to everyone at Catering by Uptown, I will forever have the best memories of my wedding day thanks to all of you! P.S. the guests are still talking about the lobster bisque! xoxo Mrs. John S. Read less
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erica
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
AWESOME!!! Everyone was so helpful and my day went so smoothly!!
AWESOME!!! Everyone was so helpful and my day went so smoothly!!
AWESOME!!! Everyone was so helpful and my day went so smoothly!! Read less
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Karyn
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown hosted our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay and it was perfect! We had the ceremony on the lawn and the reception in the Tented Vista Ballroom and it was better than we had imagined. The setting was beautiful and the staff was so attentive. Of course the food was delicious as well, especially the lobster bisque and the crab cakes! Eileen LaPlanche was our day of coordinator and she was fantastic! She totally put us at ease and we knew we were in good hands. The room rental is expensive, but it's definitely worth it!
Catering by Uptown hosted our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay and it was perfect! We had the ceremony on the lawn and Read more...
Catering by Uptown hosted our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay and it was perfect! We had the ceremony on the lawn and the reception in the Tented Vista Ballroom and it was better than we had imagined. The setting was beautiful and the staff was so attentive. Of course the food was delicious as well, especially the lobster bisque and the crab cakes! Eileen LaPlanche was our day of coordinator and she was fantastic! She totally put us at ease and we knew we were in good hands. The room rental is expensive, but it's definitely worth it! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Andrea V
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
I must say the FOOD is AMAZING!!! No wonder they have so many awards and you will be sure to find them in any wedding magazine!! It was such a pleasure to work with Catering by Uptown. The food is amazing and I got lots of my guest saying how GREAT the Food was on my wedding day. Even the Cake was amazing and DELICIOUS!! My guests also loved how the food was presented/displayed on the plates. I definelty recommend Catering By Uptown. My parents and I definitely would like to work with Catering by Uptown again for future events. Catering by Uptown, for the million time....THANK YOU for everything.
I must say the FOOD is AMAZING!!! No wonder they have so many awards and you will be sure to find them in any wedding Read more...
I must say the FOOD is AMAZING!!! No wonder they have so many awards and you will be sure to find them in any wedding magazine!! It was such a pleasure to work with Catering by Uptown. The food is amazing and I got lots of my guest saying how GREAT the Food was on my wedding day. Even the Cake was amazing and DELICIOUS!! My guests also loved how the food was presented/displayed on the plates. I definelty recommend Catering By Uptown. My parents and I definitely would like to work with Catering by Uptown again for future events. Catering by Uptown, for the million time....THANK YOU for everything. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Amanda
Wedding:
4/29/2012
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough about how many comments we got on our wedding food! Soo many guests told us how it seemed like they were eating at a nice restaurant and how it wasn't the bland barely warm food they are used to at weddings! People even took pictures of our food and put them on my facebook page! The whole evening ran smoothly and the planning committee was great! Anything that we wanted they did which these days in customer service is hard to come by! The staff was soo attentive and I loved the digital website they have for out planning! Even during times that they don't normally schedule they made sure someone was there if I needed to stop to drop off stuff the week of the wedding. If we had to do it all over again we would def go with them!
We cannot say enough about how many comments we got on our wedding food! Soo many guests told us how it seemed like they Read more...
We cannot say enough about how many comments we got on our wedding food! Soo many guests told us how it seemed like they were eating at a nice restaurant and how it wasn't the bland barely warm food they are used to at weddings! People even took pictures of our food and put them on my facebook page! The whole evening ran smoothly and the planning committee was great! Anything that we wanted they did which these days in customer service is hard to come by! The staff was soo attentive and I loved the digital website they have for out planning! Even during times that they don't normally schedule they made sure someone was there if I needed to stop to drop off stuff the week of the wedding. If we had to do it all over again we would def go with them! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Tiffany
Wedding:
4/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown is wonderful. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Our day went so smooth and everyone had a wonderful time! Most people said that it was the best wedding food and cake (provided by Sugar Bakers) that they every had.
Catering by Uptown is wonderful. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Our day went so Read more...
Catering by Uptown is wonderful. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Our day went so smooth and everyone had a wonderful time! Most people said that it was the best wedding food and cake (provided by Sugar Bakers) that they every had. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Meike
Wedding:
3/25/2012
5.0/5.0
Then venue was gorgeous. The day truly was perfect. We have heard nothing but wonderful things from all of our guests. The food was delicious. We are happy that we used this company. Everyone was very accomodating.
Then venue was gorgeous. The day truly was perfect. We have heard nothing but wonderful things from all of our guests. The Read more...
Then venue was gorgeous. The day truly was perfect. We have heard nothing but wonderful things from all of our guests. The food was delicious. We are happy that we used this company. Everyone was very accomodating. Read less
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Erika
Wedding:
3/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown provided the catering for our wedding. They were a delight to work with. Jeff, Darcy and Holland worked with my fiance and I over the course of a year to plan our dream wedding. They answered my questions, helped me with details and anticipated my needs and our guests' needs during the wedding. They also packed up a huge doggie bag of cake, strawberries and our meals for us to enjoy later that evening. All of our guests raved about how awesome the food was (especially the lobster bisque and the crab cakes) and how attentive Jeff and his staff were to their needs.

I really can't say enough about how great Catering by Uptown was. Because of the planning services they provide, I did not have to worry about any of the details during the wedding day because I knew Jeff had my back. I'm so so happy I chose Catering by Uptown to make our dream wedding a reality.
Catering by Uptown provided the catering for our wedding. They were a delight to work with. Jeff, Darcy and Holland worked Read more...
Catering by Uptown provided the catering for our wedding. They were a delight to work with. Jeff, Darcy and Holland worked with my fiance and I over the course of a year to plan our dream wedding. They answered my questions, helped me with details and anticipated my needs and our guests' needs during the wedding. They also packed up a huge doggie bag of cake, strawberries and our meals for us to enjoy later that evening. All of our guests raved about how awesome the food was (especially the lobster bisque and the crab cakes) and how attentive Jeff and his staff were to their needs.

I really can't say enough about how great Catering by Uptown was. Because of the planning services they provide, I did not have to worry about any of the details during the wedding day because I knew Jeff had my back. I'm so so happy I chose Catering by Uptown to make our dream wedding a reality. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Veronica
Wedding:
3/11/2012
5.0/5.0
The quality of the vendor was fantastic. Celebrations is such a beautiful venue, and I would highly recommend it! The views of the water are awesome and the outside landscaping is so pretty.
The quality of the vendor was fantastic. Celebrations is such a beautiful venue, and I would highly recommend it! The Read more...
The quality of the vendor was fantastic. Celebrations is such a beautiful venue, and I would highly recommend it! The views of the water are awesome and the outside landscaping is so pretty. Read less
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Patricia
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Working with Uptown Catering-Celebrations at the bay for our wedding was amazing, easy, and smooth. The venue itself is a piece of paradise in Pasadena; the first time I visited, I fell in love with it. Absolutely gorgeous grounds and the interior were flawlessly designed; exactly the simple elegance we were looking for. The people were professional, clearly experts in what they do, and helped us in every way we needed. The wonderful service during planning and such attentiveness the entire wedding day. The food was INCREDIBLE - our palates were starving for more the next day. Coming from a family where good food and drink is a centerpiece, Celebrations truly delivers in that respect. My husband and I paid for most of the wedding so we opted for the traditional wedding package and let me tell you, in no way are you jipped out of better quality service, food, or amenities. For the area and what you get in return for your money is absolutely astonishing. All in all, I don't have and can't think of anything I would have changed from our experience with Celebrations and its people (and I think that says something particularly when planning a wedding). The vision my husband and I had for our wedding was exceeded and it was all do to Eileen and Bob’s expert help and the amazing team of people that are at the venue. Still weeks later, our guests rave about the wedding - how beautiful the venue was, how amazing the food was, and how great the staff was. Without any reservations, I highly recommend Celebrations as a supreme location for any occasion. You will not regret it.

Tricia and Randy.
Working with Uptown Catering-Celebrations at the bay for our wedding was amazing, easy, and smooth. The venue itself is a Read more...
Working with Uptown Catering-Celebrations at the bay for our wedding was amazing, easy, and smooth. The venue itself is a piece of paradise in Pasadena; the first time I visited, I fell in love with it. Absolutely gorgeous grounds and the interior were flawlessly designed; exactly the simple elegance we were looking for. The people were professional, clearly experts in what they do, and helped us in every way we needed. The wonderful service during planning and such attentiveness the entire wedding day. The food was INCREDIBLE - our palates were starving for more the next day. Coming from a family where good food and drink is a centerpiece, Celebrations truly delivers in that respect. My husband and I paid for most of the wedding so we opted for the traditional wedding package and let me tell you, in no way are you jipped out of better quality service, food, or amenities. For the area and what you get in return for your money is absolutely astonishing. All in all, I don't have and can't think of anything I would have changed from our experience with Celebrations and its people (and I think that says something particularly when planning a wedding). The vision my husband and I had for our wedding was exceeded and it was all do to Eileen and Bob’s expert help and the amazing team of people that are at the venue. Still weeks later, our guests rave about the wedding - how beautiful the venue was, how amazing the food was, and how great the staff was. Without any reservations, I highly recommend Celebrations as a supreme location for any occasion. You will not regret it.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
great caterer, wish they would have known that Love point was ripping their customers off
great caterer, wish they would have known that Love point was ripping their customers off
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Shay
Wedding:
10/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Our perfect wedding day was possible because of Jeff and his amazing staff! They went above and beyond our expectations, and paid so much attention to the details that we hadn't even considered.
When planning the setup of our venue space, they had some very creative ideas, and made us feel at ease that everything was going to be taken care of. They provided the most professional service and care with our friends and family. Everyone raved about the Hors D’Oeuvres (Which the wedding party didn't miss out on, because they thoughtfully brought us a tray during our photo session). Not to mention the setup and linens in the reception room were absolutely stunning!
Amazing service and quality...will refer to all of our friends and family with future events!
Our perfect wedding day was possible because of Jeff and his amazing staff! They went above and beyond our expectations, Read more...
Our perfect wedding day was possible because of Jeff and his amazing staff! They went above and beyond our expectations, and paid so much attention to the details that we hadn't even considered.
When planning the setup of our venue space, they had some very creative ideas, and made us feel at ease that everything was going to be taken care of. They provided the most professional service and care with our friends and family. Everyone raved about the Hors D’Oeuvres (Which the wedding party didn't miss out on, because they thoughtfully brought us a tray during our photo session). Not to mention the setup and linens in the reception room were absolutely stunning!
Amazing service and quality...will refer to all of our friends and family with future events! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anna
Wedding:
9/18/2011
5.0/5.0
We looked several caterers and did quite extensive research. But it wasn’t until we happened to go to an event catered by Uptown that we made up our mind. From the initial consultation to our big day, everyone was very friendly and helpful, we were wowed by the varieties and taste of their delicious menu! Jeff was extremely professional yet very easy-going, even though he stayed in the background, many commented on his professionalism and friendliness. Many still rave about how delicious the sea bass tasted! All in all it we are happy that we made the right choice by choosing Uptown. We will definitely use them for other special events and recommend them to all our friends. Thanks Uptown! And a special thanks to Vaneska, Holland and Jeff!
We looked several caterers and did quite extensive research. But it wasn’t until we happened to go to an event catered by Read more...
We looked several caterers and did quite extensive research. But it wasn’t until we happened to go to an event catered by Uptown that we made up our mind. From the initial consultation to our big day, everyone was very friendly and helpful, we were wowed by the varieties and taste of their delicious menu! Jeff was extremely professional yet very easy-going, even though he stayed in the background, many commented on his professionalism and friendliness. Many still rave about how delicious the sea bass tasted! All in all it we are happy that we made the right choice by choosing Uptown. We will definitely use them for other special events and recommend them to all our friends. Thanks Uptown! And a special thanks to Vaneska, Holland and Jeff! Read less
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Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
I could not be happier with Celebrations at the Bay. The location was beautiful, the tent was royal, and the staff are fabulous! And the food...everyone LOVED the crab cakes along with everything else!
What is most important is that everyone there sincerely wants you to have an amazing wedding. I had my wedding during Hurricane Irene (in the tent on the water) and they were SO willing to work with me. The owner even talked with us and gave us TONS of options, saying whatever we wanted to do he would do for us. We decided to keep our wedding that Saturday (just moved the time up). Peter and Chelsea (and even Holland) were there the day-of and somehow played it SO cool with a hurricane in the background. They made the best of it and re-assured me that everything was ok, so that I could enjoy the day. I felt so lucky to have chosen such a great venue. EVERYONE (from Peter, to Chelsea, to Eileen, to Holland, to Rob-the owner) were the best! This is the best venue ever!
I could not be happier with Celebrations at the Bay. The location was beautiful, the tent was royal, and the staff are Read more...
I could not be happier with Celebrations at the Bay. The location was beautiful, the tent was royal, and the staff are fabulous! And the food...everyone LOVED the crab cakes along with everything else!
What is most important is that everyone there sincerely wants you to have an amazing wedding. I had my wedding during Hurricane Irene (in the tent on the water) and they were SO willing to work with me. The owner even talked with us and gave us TONS of options, saying whatever we wanted to do he would do for us. We decided to keep our wedding that Saturday (just moved the time up). Peter and Chelsea (and even Holland) were there the day-of and somehow played it SO cool with a hurricane in the background. They made the best of it and re-assured me that everything was ok, so that I could enjoy the day. I felt so lucky to have chosen such a great venue. EVERYONE (from Peter, to Chelsea, to Eileen, to Holland, to Rob-the owner) were the best! This is the best venue ever! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
8/26/2011
5.0/5.0
LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!!! Wonderful wedding and wonderful staff. Holland was excellent!
LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!!! Wonderful wedding and wonderful staff. Holland was excellent!
LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!!! Wonderful wedding and wonderful staff. Holland was excellent! Read less
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blissfulbride
Wedding:
7/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown made everything SO easy when planning my wedding. Anytime I called or emailed they were very quick to get back to me and answer any and all of my questions. Their knowledge and experience made everything run very smoothly and I loved that all I had to do was just pick and choose and they took care of the rest. On the day of, we had Pete as our coordinator and he just couldn't have been nicer. He kept everything running on schedule and was very kind and professional. Even when it started POURING down raining, he didn't break stride and actually ran back and forth from the porch where we were standing to the tent where the reception was to take place, carrying an umbrella for the wedding party as we entered. And, it wasn't just Peter- every person we interacted with at Uptown through the whole planning process was just a pleasure to speak with. THEN to top it all off, the food was, of course, fantastic! I had people coming up to me for weeks after my wedding talking about the food and how great everything tasted. It was just an awesome day.
Catering by Uptown made everything SO easy when planning my wedding. Anytime I called or emailed they were very quick to Read more...
Catering by Uptown made everything SO easy when planning my wedding. Anytime I called or emailed they were very quick to get back to me and answer any and all of my questions. Their knowledge and experience made everything run very smoothly and I loved that all I had to do was just pick and choose and they took care of the rest. On the day of, we had Pete as our coordinator and he just couldn't have been nicer. He kept everything running on schedule and was very kind and professional. Even when it started POURING down raining, he didn't break stride and actually ran back and forth from the porch where we were standing to the tent where the reception was to take place, carrying an umbrella for the wedding party as we entered. And, it wasn't just Peter- every person we interacted with at Uptown through the whole planning process was just a pleasure to speak with. THEN to top it all off, the food was, of course, fantastic! I had people coming up to me for weeks after my wedding talking about the food and how great everything tasted. It was just an awesome day. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
They took my comments and concerns and ran with it. From decor to the food I love everything. My consultant Rita was amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. You get what you pay for though, and although I wish I could of had a lower price, when I consider everything, from set up, to clean up, decorations, day of coordinator, running to Target to get another sand ceremony set for me 10 mins before my wedding, the food, the cocktail hour, the bartender, the wedding cake included in the price, the servers and EVERYTHING, when I look at comparable catering companies, being about to review your bill, seating chart, menu, and such online.......they are top notch! I would do bussiness with them again.
They took my comments and concerns and ran with it. From decor to the food I love everything. My consultant Rita was Read more...
They took my comments and concerns and ran with it. From decor to the food I love everything. My consultant Rita was amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. You get what you pay for though, and although I wish I could of had a lower price, when I consider everything, from set up, to clean up, decorations, day of coordinator, running to Target to get another sand ceremony set for me 10 mins before my wedding, the food, the cocktail hour, the bartender, the wedding cake included in the price, the servers and EVERYTHING, when I look at comparable catering companies, being about to review your bill, seating chart, menu, and such online.......they are top notch! I would do bussiness with them again. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jena
Wedding:
6/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Celebrations at the Bay is a beautiful venue. It is right on the water and the property is gorgeous. I could not have asked for a better place. Our wedding was in the tent in June and it was more than I could ask for. The ceremony site was beautiful as well you don't need any flowers because the site is already gorgeous. Service and staff was superb. They took care of everything. I had no worries the day of my wedding.
Celebrations at the Bay is a beautiful venue. It is right on the water and the property is gorgeous. I could not have Read more...
Celebrations at the Bay is a beautiful venue. It is right on the water and the property is gorgeous. I could not have asked for a better place. Our wedding was in the tent in June and it was more than I could ask for. The ceremony site was beautiful as well you don't need any flowers because the site is already gorgeous. Service and staff was superb. They took care of everything. I had no worries the day of my wedding. Read less
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emurphy
Wedding:
5/29/2011
5.0/5.0
Incredible. The venue was more gorgeous than we imagined. The service was amazing. They really go out of their way to make sure the day is perfect. We had someone making sure we got food and drinks throughout the evening, even though everything went by so quickly. Our day of coordinator made sure everything went smoothly and coordinated all of our other vendors. We couldn't have asked for anything better.

We used several of their recommended vendors and all were incredible. The only exception would be that we booked our hotel block at the Wingate, per their recommendation. The rooms were only ok, the hotel forgot to reserve the complimentary suites for us, and the provided shuttle to the venue did not have air conditioning. Definitely use Celebrations as your venue but don't send your guests to the Wingate!
Incredible. The venue was more gorgeous than we imagined. The service was amazing. They really go out of their way to make Read more...
Incredible. The venue was more gorgeous than we imagined. The service was amazing. They really go out of their way to make sure the day is perfect. We had someone making sure we got food and drinks throughout the evening, even though everything went by so quickly. Our day of coordinator made sure everything went smoothly and coordinated all of our other vendors. We couldn't have asked for anything better.

We used several of their recommended vendors and all were incredible. The only exception would be that we booked our hotel block at the Wingate, per their recommendation. The rooms were only ok, the hotel forgot to reserve the complimentary suites for us, and the provided shuttle to the venue did not have air conditioning. Definitely use Celebrations as your venue but don't send your guests to the Wingate! Read less
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CKB
Wedding:
5/12/2011
5.0/5.0
Celebrations was great! Food was off the charts! Everyone at the wedding could not say enough about how great everything was. The views were great, everyone was very accommodating, just a very very good experience and would highly recommend. Peggi and Holland were outstanding as well!
Celebrations was great! Food was off the charts! Everyone at the wedding could not say enough about how great everything Read more...
Celebrations was great! Food was off the charts! Everyone at the wedding could not say enough about how great everything was. The views were great, everyone was very accommodating, just a very very good experience and would highly recommend. Peggi and Holland were outstanding as well! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Kelly
Wedding:
4/30/2011
5.0/5.0
My guests have all said that this is the best food they have ever had at a wedding! People always say that they never eat at their own wedding, but we made sure to because it's so good. Catering by Uptown also makes sure that you get a taste of everything so you don't miss a thing!
My guests have all said that this is the best food they have ever had at a wedding! People always say that they never eat Read more...
My guests have all said that this is the best food they have ever had at a wedding! People always say that they never eat at their own wedding, but we made sure to because it's so good. Catering by Uptown also makes sure that you get a taste of everything so you don't miss a thing! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Nila
Wedding:
4/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Catering By Uptown is amazing. From our first visit to our wedding day, I worked with Eileen and she is so amazing. She helped me with planning all the things I wanted to do for our wedding. Eileen was able to help me relax and not worry about anything. The food and cake was so good. All my guest said they loved the food and they had an amazing time at my wedding. My husband and I agreed upon using Catering By Uptown from the moment we went there. I am glad we picked them.
Catering By Uptown is amazing. From our first visit to our wedding day, I worked with Eileen and she is so amazing. She Read more...
Catering By Uptown is amazing. From our first visit to our wedding day, I worked with Eileen and she is so amazing. She helped me with planning all the things I wanted to do for our wedding. Eileen was able to help me relax and not worry about anything. The food and cake was so good. All my guest said they loved the food and they had an amazing time at my wedding. My husband and I agreed upon using Catering By Uptown from the moment we went there. I am glad we picked them. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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dgraber12
Wedding:
3/19/2011
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Catering by Uptown and The Villa in Beltsville. I had already attended another wedding done by them and knew the food would be great. What I hadn't known was how amazing the whole experience would be! From the first meeting, we were already impressed. We met with Peggy; she was so nice, helpful, and made us feel very comfortable. Unlike many other wedding venues, the people at Catering by Uptown were not at all pushy. And they didn't need to be because the place really sold itself! Our favorite thing about the location was convenience. Probably about 90% of our guests were coming from out-of-town (from all over the world). Having the hotel right next door was a huge plus. We had many guests comment on how convenient it was to walk from their hotel to the site and they liked having the ceremony and reception all at one place. It also saved us the hassle of driving from one place to another, paying for a limo, figuring out what guests would do while we were busy in between ceremony and reception, etc. We also liked that everything was included in one package price; it really took a lot of worry out of planning details of the wedding. We didn't have to hire different vendors for place settings, chair covers, centerpieces, cake, wedding coordinator; all that and more was taken care of by Catering by Uptown.
Once we decided on a date and signed the contract, we were given a login for their planning website. This was helpful because I could update things as I picked different details of the wedding on my own time and I had one central place where everything was organized. The planning department people were amazing! I met with Jeff and he actually ended up being our "day of coordinator". He was perfect! There were so many choices of tablecloth and napkin colors, place settings, even the fold of the napkin. Jeff helped me put together the details to create an amazing wedding!
The food was delicious! We had endless options for hors d'oeuvres and we were pleased that every guest got two different entrees, instead of having to make a choice. Having the cake included saved us money, plus the cake was as delicious as the food. Having a day of coordinator made the day run smoothly. Everything down to Joey, the waiter that was assigned to our head table, was perfect!
Even months later people are still complimenting us on how fantastic our wedding was. The people at Catering by Uptown truly made the experience wonderful. We had some last minute changes to our wedding and they were so accommodating with everything! Unfortunately, my father was unable to attend the wedding due to a sudden serious illness, and Catering by Uptown made any necessary changes we had seamlessly. Once my father was feeling better and flew out to visit us months later, we were even able to coordinate a visit so he could see where the wedding took place. Jeff even "recreated" our wedding for my dad by setting up some of the place as it was the day of our wedding. It was the highlight of my dad's visit! The people at Catering by Uptown continued to amaze us, every step of the way. They really know how to put on a great wedding and we couldn't be happier with how things turned out!
I cannot say enough good things about Catering by Uptown and The Villa in Beltsville. I had already attended another Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Catering by Uptown and The Villa in Beltsville. I had already attended another wedding done by them and knew the food would be great. What I hadn't known was how amazing the whole experience would be! From the first meeting, we were already impressed. We met with Peggy; she was so nice, helpful, and made us feel very comfortable. Unlike many other wedding venues, the people at Catering by Uptown were not at all pushy. And they didn't need to be because the place really sold itself! Our favorite thing about the location was convenience. Probably about 90% of our guests were coming from out-of-town (from all over the world). Having the hotel right next door was a huge plus. We had many guests comment on how convenient it was to walk from their hotel to the site and they liked having the ceremony and reception all at one place. It also saved us the hassle of driving from one place to another, paying for a limo, figuring out what guests would do while we were busy in between ceremony and reception, etc. We also liked that everything was included in one package price; it really took a lot of worry out of planning details of the wedding. We didn't have to hire different vendors for place settings, chair covers, centerpieces, cake, wedding coordinator; all that and more was taken care of by Catering by Uptown.
Once we decided on a date and signed the contract, we were given a login for their planning website. This was helpful because I could update things as I picked different details of the wedding on my own time and I had one central place where everything was organized. The planning department people were amazing! I met with Jeff and he actually ended up being our "day of coordinator". He was perfect! There were so many choices of tablecloth and napkin colors, place settings, even the fold of the napkin. Jeff helped me put together the details to create an amazing wedding!
The food was delicious! We had endless options for hors d'oeuvres and we were pleased that every guest got two different entrees, instead of having to make a choice. Having the cake included saved us money, plus the cake was as delicious as the food. Having a day of coordinator made the day run smoothly. Everything down to Joey, the waiter that was assigned to our head table, was perfect!
Even months later people are still complimenting us on how fantastic our wedding was. The people at Catering by Uptown truly made the experience wonderful. We had some last minute changes to our wedding and they were so accommodating with everything! Unfortunately, my father was unable to attend the wedding due to a sudden serious illness, and Catering by Uptown made any necessary changes we had seamlessly. Once my father was feeling better and flew out to visit us months later, we were even able to coordinate a visit so he could see where the wedding took place. Jeff even "recreated" our wedding for my dad by setting up some of the place as it was the day of our wedding. It was the highlight of my dad's visit! The people at Catering by Uptown continued to amaze us, every step of the way. They really know how to put on a great wedding and we couldn't be happier with how things turned out! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Katherine
Wedding:
2/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Absolutely wonderful!! From the first visit to the big day, they were helpful and flexible. The food is wonderful and the service was great. They take care of everything. We had our dinner in the tent, and even in 40 mph winds, we had a great time. I would recommend this venue to anyone
Absolutely wonderful!! From the first visit to the big day, they were helpful and flexible. The food is wonderful and the Read more...
Absolutely wonderful!! From the first visit to the big day, they were helpful and flexible. The food is wonderful and the service was great. They take care of everything. We had our dinner in the tent, and even in 40 mph winds, we had a great time. I would recommend this venue to anyone Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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MLK Day Bride
Wedding:
1/15/2011
5.0/5.0
"I feel like I'm at a celebrity wedding."
"This is like being in the Hamptons."
"This wedding should be on Platinum Weddings."
"By far the best wedding I've ever attended."

Our guests can not stop raving about the wedding. My husband and I can not thank Catering by Uptown & Celebrations at the Bay enough. It was so much more than we could have ever imagined. 6 days later & we are still floating on Cloud Nine. Best money ever spent!! Do yourself and your guests a favor, stop shopping & book your wedding with Catering by Uptown.
"I feel like I'm at a celebrity wedding."
"This is like being in the Hamptons."
"This wedding should be on Read more...
"I feel like I'm at a celebrity wedding."
"This is like being in the Hamptons."
"This wedding should be on Platinum Weddings."
"By far the best wedding I've ever attended."

Our guests can not stop raving about the wedding. My husband and I can not thank Catering by Uptown & Celebrations at the Bay enough. It was so much more than we could have ever imagined. 6 days later & we are still floating on Cloud Nine. Best money ever spent!! Do yourself and your guests a favor, stop shopping & book your wedding with Catering by Uptown. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Caitlin
Wedding:
11/13/2010
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough about Catering by Uptown. Originally, my husband and I visited the company to possibly have our wedding and reception at one of their locations, but in the end elected to have it at a different site, with Uptown's catering and event service.

Our catering rep, Peter, hands-down provided us with the BEST service. He hosted such a wonderful event, made us feel so special, and our guests still rave about the phenominal food and cake.

We would love to get married all over again just to experience the evening again they did such a great job. Peter and the Uptown staff were professional, courteous, and seemed truly happy to make our day memorable. Peter rolled with the craziness our ceremony/reception site handed us and eased us out of any stressful situations. The wait staff always made sure my husband and I had eaten the appetizers, offered to bring us a glass of wine when needed, and all around were wonderful. The food is just phenominal!

We thank Uptown over and over for our wonderful day!
We cannot say enough about Catering by Uptown. Originally, my husband and I visited the company to possibly have our Read more...
We cannot say enough about Catering by Uptown. Originally, my husband and I visited the company to possibly have our wedding and reception at one of their locations, but in the end elected to have it at a different site, with Uptown's catering and event service.

Our catering rep, Peter, hands-down provided us with the BEST service. He hosted such a wonderful event, made us feel so special, and our guests still rave about the phenominal food and cake.

We would love to get married all over again just to experience the evening again they did such a great job. Peter and the Uptown staff were professional, courteous, and seemed truly happy to make our day memorable. Peter rolled with the craziness our ceremony/reception site handed us and eased us out of any stressful situations. The wait staff always made sure my husband and I had eaten the appetizers, offered to bring us a glass of wine when needed, and all around were wonderful. The food is just phenominal!

We thank Uptown over and over for our wonderful day! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning
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Shawnnna Truelove
Wedding:
10/24/2010
5.0/5.0
WOW I don't even know where to start! Catering by Uptown is amazing!! They are a family owned business and you can tell they treat every wedding like it was one of there family members getting married. From sitting down choosing your menu to picking your linens and overall look of your wedding they know what they are talking about! They even give you a list of recommended vendors to use which almost all of my vendors were on that list and I have nothing but good things to say about them all! Your wedding planner will even help you with your time line of your wedding, making sure your vendors are there on time, and of course they give you a day of coordinator to help you with the most important day of your life! I had Eileen who is one the sweetest, big hearted, hard working, hilarious person I have ever met. She was amazing and made sure everything was flawless. One of the many amazing things that Catering By Uptown does out of the many is that no matter what they will do everything in there power for your day to go perfect! If that means going to go buy new flowers for you wedding day because yours showed up dead then they will. (this happen to my friend who got married with them my florist was great!) I am telling you if you want your wedding to run smoothly and put the most important day of your life in someone's arms you can trust then go to Catering by Uptown! You will work with the whole team before your big day don't be discourage by talking to someone new everyday they all know what they are doing and communicate with each other. All your information gets put in your file for your wedding planner that you will receive closer to your big day!
WOW I don't even know where to start! Catering by Uptown is amazing!! They are a family owned business and you can tell Read more...
WOW I don't even know where to start! Catering by Uptown is amazing!! They are a family owned business and you can tell they treat every wedding like it was one of there family members getting married. From sitting down choosing your menu to picking your linens and overall look of your wedding they know what they are talking about! They even give you a list of recommended vendors to use which almost all of my vendors were on that list and I have nothing but good things to say about them all! Your wedding planner will even help you with your time line of your wedding, making sure your vendors are there on time, and of course they give you a day of coordinator to help you with the most important day of your life! I had Eileen who is one the sweetest, big hearted, hard working, hilarious person I have ever met. She was amazing and made sure everything was flawless. One of the many amazing things that Catering By Uptown does out of the many is that no matter what they will do everything in there power for your day to go perfect! If that means going to go buy new flowers for you wedding day because yours showed up dead then they will. (this happen to my friend who got married with them my florist was great!) I am telling you if you want your wedding to run smoothly and put the most important day of your life in someone's arms you can trust then go to Catering by Uptown! You will work with the whole team before your big day don't be discourage by talking to someone new everyday they all know what they are doing and communicate with each other. All your information gets put in your file for your wedding planner that you will receive closer to your big day! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Alison
Wedding:
10/22/2010
5.0/5.0
I just had my wedding a few days ago at The Villa, and everything was PERFECT!!!!

The staff at The Villa was amazingly professional and incredibly flexible to all my needs. They really do they're absolutely best to make sure you have nothing to worry about on your wedding day. The service was excellent, not only to us as the Bride and Groom, but to all our guests. They made sure everyone was happy and fed and having an amazing time.

It might seem a little pricey at first glance, but absolutely everything you need for your wedding day is taken care of. It's a beautiful venue and I would recommend it to anyone!
I just had my wedding a few days ago at The Villa, and everything was PERFECT!!!!

The staff at The Villa was Read more...
I just had my wedding a few days ago at The Villa, and everything was PERFECT!!!!

The staff at The Villa was amazingly professional and incredibly flexible to all my needs. They really do they're absolutely best to make sure you have nothing to worry about on your wedding day. The service was excellent, not only to us as the Bride and Groom, but to all our guests. They made sure everyone was happy and fed and having an amazing time.

It might seem a little pricey at first glance, but absolutely everything you need for your wedding day is taken care of. It's a beautiful venue and I would recommend it to anyone! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Julia
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
I just had my wedding at the Villa a few days ago and everything was PERFECT! They had everything perfectly set up exactly how I wanted it which was not an easy task. The staff was wonderfully mannered and kept us to our tight schedule.

People keep calling me and telling me how great the food was over and over again I get more compliments on how wonderful the food was than even my dress!! It was a lovely time and before the wedding they were willing to sit down with me and have me talk everything out so I was well prepared for how everything would work.

Their in-house/preferred vendors are a MUST working with them was so easy because they already knew the venue how it worked and where everything was. Their communication with the Villa was so easy that we didn't have to worry about anything.

I had a wonderful beautiful wedding that my guests will be talking about for a long time to come. I would highly suggest the Villa to anyone who is looking for a beautiful stress-free day.
I just had my wedding at the Villa a few days ago and everything was PERFECT! They had everything perfectly set up exactly Read more...
I just had my wedding at the Villa a few days ago and everything was PERFECT! They had everything perfectly set up exactly how I wanted it which was not an easy task. The staff was wonderfully mannered and kept us to our tight schedule.

People keep calling me and telling me how great the food was over and over again I get more compliments on how wonderful the food was than even my dress!! It was a lovely time and before the wedding they were willing to sit down with me and have me talk everything out so I was well prepared for how everything would work.

Their in-house/preferred vendors are a MUST working with them was so easy because they already knew the venue how it worked and where everything was. Their communication with the Villa was so easy that we didn't have to worry about anything.

I had a wonderful beautiful wedding that my guests will be talking about for a long time to come. I would highly suggest the Villa to anyone who is looking for a beautiful stress-free day. Read less
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Courtney Farrell
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
This was the actual email I sent Catering by Uptown the Monday after our wedding:

Rob and Jeff,

Wow. I don't even know where to begin, and I don't think there are enough words in the dictionary to describe how happy I am to have chosen Catering by Uptown to cater our wedding. Everything was absolutely PERFECT! The food was DELICIOUS!!!! (All caps and exclamation points don't even do it justice!); the servers and bartenders were incredibly professional, prompt, and sooooo nice; Peter was the nicest person to work with and so unbelievably helpful; the linens and china were absolutely stunning; the cake was amazing and delicious; everything was just wonderful! I don't even feel like I am doing your company justice right now! I cannot express how absolutely grateful I am for all of your hard work and dedication to your clients. I could not be happier with your service, and I will DEFINITELY recommend Catering by Uptown to all my engaged friends. You can also expect glowing reviews on Yelp and Wedding Wire :) Thank you so very much for making our wedding absolutely perfect!
This was the actual email I sent Catering by Uptown the Monday after our wedding:

Rob and Jeff,

Wow. I Read more...
This was the actual email I sent Catering by Uptown the Monday after our wedding:

Rob and Jeff,

Wow. I don't even know where to begin, and I don't think there are enough words in the dictionary to describe how happy I am to have chosen Catering by Uptown to cater our wedding. Everything was absolutely PERFECT! The food was DELICIOUS!!!! (All caps and exclamation points don't even do it justice!); the servers and bartenders were incredibly professional, prompt, and sooooo nice; Peter was the nicest person to work with and so unbelievably helpful; the linens and china were absolutely stunning; the cake was amazing and delicious; everything was just wonderful! I don't even feel like I am doing your company justice right now! I cannot express how absolutely grateful I am for all of your hard work and dedication to your clients. I could not be happier with your service, and I will DEFINITELY recommend Catering by Uptown to all my engaged friends. You can also expect glowing reviews on Yelp and Wedding Wire :) Thank you so very much for making our wedding absolutely perfect! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Tina
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough wonderful things about Celebrations and Catering by Uptown! It was fantastic, Kate and Jeff did a wonderful job! We had our signature drink and the requested "Oktoberfest" that my husband wanted that they had to order for us. All the food was great, everyone loved it! We took pictures all over the grounds which are beautiful. The planning was fantastic and they worked great with my DJ. Everything went as planned, and even when we were a bit late from the church Jeff made sure that we got to eat appetizers and items from our chocolate fountain. It was the best day ever and it has a lot to do with Celebrations!!!!
I can't say enough wonderful things about Celebrations and Catering by Uptown! It was fantastic, Kate and Jeff did a Read more...
I can't say enough wonderful things about Celebrations and Catering by Uptown! It was fantastic, Kate and Jeff did a wonderful job! We had our signature drink and the requested "Oktoberfest" that my husband wanted that they had to order for us. All the food was great, everyone loved it! We took pictures all over the grounds which are beautiful. The planning was fantastic and they worked great with my DJ. Everything went as planned, and even when we were a bit late from the church Jeff made sure that we got to eat appetizers and items from our chocolate fountain. It was the best day ever and it has a lot to do with Celebrations!!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Milena and Mike
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown was exceptional! We worked with Jeff and he was a huge part of making our wedding day run smoothly. I feel like I bombarded him with emails and requests and Jeff met each one of our desires with extreme professionalism and respect. We met several times to do the tastings and to plan out how the centerpieces would work and each time we felt welcome. We felt Jeff’s effort and concern to make our wedding day as great as it could possibly. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He made sure our food was warm for us while we were up for the first dance. He executed EVERYTHING flawlessly (he even rescued our botched cake). The food was delicious according to our guests. We highly recommend the crab cake (as it was the only item we actually had time to eat! All in all, Uptown and Jeff were superb!
Catering by Uptown was exceptional! We worked with Jeff and he was a huge part of making our wedding day run smoothly. I Read more...
Catering by Uptown was exceptional! We worked with Jeff and he was a huge part of making our wedding day run smoothly. I feel like I bombarded him with emails and requests and Jeff met each one of our desires with extreme professionalism and respect. We met several times to do the tastings and to plan out how the centerpieces would work and each time we felt welcome. We felt Jeff’s effort and concern to make our wedding day as great as it could possibly. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He made sure our food was warm for us while we were up for the first dance. He executed EVERYTHING flawlessly (he even rescued our botched cake). The food was delicious according to our guests. We highly recommend the crab cake (as it was the only item we actually had time to eat! All in all, Uptown and Jeff were superb! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jennifer
Wedding:
7/31/2010
5.0/5.0
Absolutely loved working with Catering by Uptown. Jeff was willing to help us with anything we needed and provided any changes we requested. Our guests are still talking about how great all the food and service was. Jeff went out of his way to make sure our day was amazing and us (and our guests) had everything we needed during the reception.
We couldn't have picked a better catering company.
Absolutely loved working with Catering by Uptown. Jeff was willing to help us with anything we needed and provided any Read more...
Absolutely loved working with Catering by Uptown. Jeff was willing to help us with anything we needed and provided any changes we requested. Our guests are still talking about how great all the food and service was. Jeff went out of his way to make sure our day was amazing and us (and our guests) had everything we needed during the reception.
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Services Used: Catering
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Miranda
Wedding:
7/9/2010
5.0/5.0
AMAZING!!! I can't say enough about the beautiful view, the food, the staff... everything was perfect! I had issues with other things on my wedding day (hotel & transportation) but everything regarding Celebrations at the Bay was outstanding! From the moment I drove onto the property on my wedding day to the time I left was smooth sailing. My guests had a blast and I felt like we got SO much for our money that every penny was worth it. Loved it!!
AMAZING!!! I can't say enough about the beautiful view, the food, the staff... everything was perfect! I had issues with Read more...
AMAZING!!! I can't say enough about the beautiful view, the food, the staff... everything was perfect! I had issues with other things on my wedding day (hotel & transportation) but everything regarding Celebrations at the Bay was outstanding! From the moment I drove onto the property on my wedding day to the time I left was smooth sailing. My guests had a blast and I felt like we got SO much for our money that every penny was worth it. Loved it!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Kira
Wedding:
5/30/2010
5.0/5.0
I feel so incredibly lucky that we had our wedding at Celebrations. Everything was so amazing- the staff, the scenery, the food and drink- almost 2 weeks after the day, we are still getting calls from family and friends saying that it was the most beautiful wedding they have ever been to with the best food! Jeff Ditter was our wedding planner and he was amazing both leading up to and on the big day. He didn't blink at and my mom's endless questions and was so calm, funny and nice throughout the whole process and on the wedding day. I HIGHLY recommend Celebrations at the Bay- they made our big day better than we could have imagined!
I feel so incredibly lucky that we had our wedding at Celebrations. Everything was so amazing- the staff, the scenery, the Read more...
I feel so incredibly lucky that we had our wedding at Celebrations. Everything was so amazing- the staff, the scenery, the food and drink- almost 2 weeks after the day, we are still getting calls from family and friends saying that it was the most beautiful wedding they have ever been to with the best food! Jeff Ditter was our wedding planner and he was amazing both leading up to and on the big day. He didn't blink at and my mom's endless questions and was so calm, funny and nice throughout the whole process and on the wedding day. I HIGHLY recommend Celebrations at the Bay- they made our big day better than we could have imagined! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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britmike27
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
This company was so amazing to work with!!! I could not have asked for better service before the wedding and at the wedding! Everything they did to help with my wedding planning was wonderful! They helped me plan and thought of every single detail for me and made my wedding planning so joyful and easy going!!! The food was amazing and looked and tasted the same way it did the day of the tasting and we had 180 guest! They are a great company and would recommend them in a heartbeat!!!!!
This company was so amazing to work with!!! I could not have asked for better service before the wedding and at the Read more...
This company was so amazing to work with!!! I could not have asked for better service before the wedding and at the wedding! Everything they did to help with my wedding planning was wonderful! They helped me plan and thought of every single detail for me and made my wedding planning so joyful and easy going!!! The food was amazing and looked and tasted the same way it did the day of the tasting and we had 180 guest! They are a great company and would recommend them in a heartbeat!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Kerryannorama
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
This venue was love at first sight, the staff is all wonderful. Many of our guests told us that it was the best wedding they have ever attended- that review speaks for itself. My day of coordinator was Ashley and she was wonderful. I highly recommend Celebrations at the Bay.
This venue was love at first sight, the staff is all wonderful. Many of our guests told us that it was the best wedding Read more...
This venue was love at first sight, the staff is all wonderful. Many of our guests told us that it was the best wedding they have ever attended- that review speaks for itself. My day of coordinator was Ashley and she was wonderful. I highly recommend Celebrations at the Bay. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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jenjen
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
I cannot describe how easy they made the hole entire day. I knew right away this was our place to get married. Being on the water and having staff to accommodate our every need. We started with Kate doing our planning and ended up with Eileen. They were both wonderful and answered every question promptly. And they really did accommodate our every need. The food was absolutely wonderful and people are still raving about how great it was! The pictures proof how absolutely gorgeous the property is. They even have a shuttle for out of town guest staying at a hotel. Again thanks Celebrations! The music, food, dj, atmosphere, and especially the staff!!!! Jen & Keith McGee
I cannot describe how easy they made the hole entire day. I knew right away this was our place to get married. Being on Read more...
I cannot describe how easy they made the hole entire day. I knew right away this was our place to get married. Being on the water and having staff to accommodate our every need. We started with Kate doing our planning and ended up with Eileen. They were both wonderful and answered every question promptly. And they really did accommodate our every need. The food was absolutely wonderful and people are still raving about how great it was! The pictures proof how absolutely gorgeous the property is. They even have a shuttle for out of town guest staying at a hotel. Again thanks Celebrations! The music, food, dj, atmosphere, and especially the staff!!!! Jen & Keith McGee Read less
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morgs02
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Food is amazing! So professional and very flexible in working with us and meeting our needs!!! Highly recommend! not to mention the site and view is gorgeous!!
Food is amazing! So professional and very flexible in working with us and meeting our needs!!! Highly recommend! not to Read more...
Food is amazing! So professional and very flexible in working with us and meeting our needs!!! Highly recommend! not to mention the site and view is gorgeous!! Read less
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Melanie
Wedding:
4/23/2010
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at Celebrations At The Bay in Pasadena, MD. It could not of been more perfect. Celebrations takes care of every detail and really ensures that the bride and groom enjoy their day. Kate was our wedding coordinator and she was awesome! She worked closely with us and planned everything to the very last detail. She handled the vendors, monitored the time line, and checked on us frequently. She always responed promplty to my emails and never made me feel afraid to ask questions. The food was perfect and the cake was to die for!!!!! Our guests still rave about the food from the lobster bisque to the cake. We were all impressed! Celebrations At The Bay was such a beautiful place. We got married on the deck overlooking the water and had our reception in the ballroom. It was a dream! You get high class service in a high class place. Definitely was worth every dollar we spent! Celebrations far exceeded our expectations and made all of our dreams come true! Thank you!
Melanie & Chris Lee
We had our wedding at Celebrations At The Bay in Pasadena, MD. It could not of been more perfect. Celebrations takes care Read more...
We had our wedding at Celebrations At The Bay in Pasadena, MD. It could not of been more perfect. Celebrations takes care of every detail and really ensures that the bride and groom enjoy their day. Kate was our wedding coordinator and she was awesome! She worked closely with us and planned everything to the very last detail. She handled the vendors, monitored the time line, and checked on us frequently. She always responed promplty to my emails and never made me feel afraid to ask questions. The food was perfect and the cake was to die for!!!!! Our guests still rave about the food from the lobster bisque to the cake. We were all impressed! Celebrations At The Bay was such a beautiful place. We got married on the deck overlooking the water and had our reception in the ballroom. It was a dream! You get high class service in a high class place. Definitely was worth every dollar we spent! Celebrations far exceeded our expectations and made all of our dreams come true! Thank you!
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Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Ashley
Wedding:
4/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown (specifically Celebrations at the Bay) was the first venue/catering company John and I looked into in Maryland. I am originally from Massachusetts and had looked at TONS of places up there, but since my fiance and I had just moved down to the area we decided to have our wedding here. The second I walked into The Villa (the sort of "head quarters" for the company) I knew that this was the company I wanted to get married with. Everything was included, the food was awesome, and the people were so nice and friendly we fell in love immediately. Then we went to see Celebrations at the Bay ... the second we saw that view we both decided that we HAD to get married there.

That was in August 2009... from then on out our experience with Uptown was amazing. It was so easy, fun, and wonderful to work with them as a bride, that in November 2009 I basically stalked Rob (one of the owners) until he hired me and I became an employee for the company. John and I were married at Celebrations at the Bay on April 17, 2010 and I can honestly say that my day was amazing, but that was not surprising to me as I truly feel that EVERY wedding we do is amazing!

PS. Thanks for the props Kerry ... it was awesome to be a part of your special day :)
Catering by Uptown (specifically Celebrations at the Bay) was the first venue/catering company John and I looked into in Read more...
Catering by Uptown (specifically Celebrations at the Bay) was the first venue/catering company John and I looked into in Maryland. I am originally from Massachusetts and had looked at TONS of places up there, but since my fiance and I had just moved down to the area we decided to have our wedding here. The second I walked into The Villa (the sort of "head quarters" for the company) I knew that this was the company I wanted to get married with. Everything was included, the food was awesome, and the people were so nice and friendly we fell in love immediately. Then we went to see Celebrations at the Bay ... the second we saw that view we both decided that we HAD to get married there.

That was in August 2009... from then on out our experience with Uptown was amazing. It was so easy, fun, and wonderful to work with them as a bride, that in November 2009 I basically stalked Rob (one of the owners) until he hired me and I became an employee for the company. John and I were married at Celebrations at the Bay on April 17, 2010 and I can honestly say that my day was amazing, but that was not surprising to me as I truly feel that EVERY wedding we do is amazing!

PS. Thanks for the props Kerry ... it was awesome to be a part of your special day :) Read less
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JennLoney
Wedding:
3/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Ms Eileen mad our wedding day so wonderful, we had many compliments on the food and staff was the best from from the weight staff to the bar staff!!! Thank you so much for making our day more special. Jenn and Dre 3/13/10
Ms Eileen mad our wedding day so wonderful, we had many compliments on the food and staff was the best from from the Read more...
Ms Eileen mad our wedding day so wonderful, we had many compliments on the food and staff was the best from from the weight staff to the bar staff!!! Thank you so much for making our day more special. Jenn and Dre 3/13/10 Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Brian
Wedding:
2/20/2010
5.0/5.0
We would highly recommend The Villa for any occasion. They did a fantastic job on our wedding day. Almost all of our 200+ guests have either called or written telling us how beautiful our wedding day was and how elegant the reception was. The food was top notch and our guests thought so as well.

Many did not even know The Villa even existed until our wedding day. One of our guests said they were going to recommend it for their son's wedding because it was such a nice and classy place.

We were supposed to get married the day of the February, 2010 blizzard. Needless to say, we had to cancel our wedding because nobody would have been able to make it that day. It was such an emotional day for my fiancee and I. The entire staff at The Villa and our coordinator, Darcy, were right there for us, however. They were totally understanding of our situation and worked with us on rescheduling. They ate most of the costs that we incurred that day to reschedule and everything worked out perfectly. We were very fortunate and blessed to be able to reschedule for 2 weeks later; every one of our vendors was available.

If you're looking for a reception hall, search no further. The Villa is the place to go.

Brian and Stephanie Hicks
We would highly recommend The Villa for any occasion. They did a fantastic job on our wedding day. Almost all of our 200+ Read more...
We would highly recommend The Villa for any occasion. They did a fantastic job on our wedding day. Almost all of our 200+ guests have either called or written telling us how beautiful our wedding day was and how elegant the reception was. The food was top notch and our guests thought so as well.

Many did not even know The Villa even existed until our wedding day. One of our guests said they were going to recommend it for their son's wedding because it was such a nice and classy place.

We were supposed to get married the day of the February, 2010 blizzard. Needless to say, we had to cancel our wedding because nobody would have been able to make it that day. It was such an emotional day for my fiancee and I. The entire staff at The Villa and our coordinator, Darcy, were right there for us, however. They were totally understanding of our situation and worked with us on rescheduling. They ate most of the costs that we incurred that day to reschedule and everything worked out perfectly. We were very fortunate and blessed to be able to reschedule for 2 weeks later; every one of our vendors was available.

If you're looking for a reception hall, search no further. The Villa is the place to go.

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Services Used: Catering
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inlove
Wedding:
1/9/2010
5.0/5.0
There are not enough words to say how amazing our wedding was. We were treated like royalty and our guests have said it is the best wedding they have ever attended!!! Food- Amazing, Selections- everything for your reception is included (they have thousands,literally, of choices for your room look) Staff- the planners are great, our coordinator was on point, the waiters and bartenders were excellent. And I can't imagine a more beautiful location, just dreamy!
There are not enough words to say how amazing our wedding was. We were treated like royalty and our guests have said it is Read more...
There are not enough words to say how amazing our wedding was. We were treated like royalty and our guests have said it is the best wedding they have ever attended!!! Food- Amazing, Selections- everything for your reception is included (they have thousands,literally, of choices for your room look) Staff- the planners are great, our coordinator was on point, the waiters and bartenders were excellent. And I can't imagine a more beautiful location, just dreamy! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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SoonToBeCopeland
Wedding:
1/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown handled our catering for our wedding & reception at Newton White Mansion. I could not have asked for more! From start to finish, everything was done professionally. I appreciated their promptness to my numerous questions. All of my information and attention to detail was passed on to any and all pertinent staff on hand at my wedding.

There are so many positive things that I think all engaged couples should know but I also don't want to rant forever :) First, I'll start with how special they make you feel. For any appointment I was always asked if I wanted something to drink. They offered much more past a bottle of water. I had tea when I arrived at an appointment with a sore throat. My mother was always able to have coffee (the love of her life). Every detail was reviewed and re-reviewed to ensure accuracy.

Next, the food. OMG! It was delicious at the tasting and even better at the reception (or I was REALLY hungry after such a long day). The options available were amazing. My guests LOVED the food. Their presentation was exquisite. We had lobster and chicken marsala. I wish I could just stop by and have that lobster every day it was so good! The appetizers were unique and delicious. I LOVED the jerk chicken and plantain sandwiches and the sweet potato quesadillas. Everything was just that good!

Finally, Darcy. She was a godsend. I plan weddings so I knew that I would only need a day-of coordinator. I was totally that Darcy would not only be my day-of but also coordinate my rehearsal. Although I could have done it, it felt SO relieving not to have to run the rehearsal. I really felt like a bride and it made the experience even more special. Darcy is AWESOME! She was patient and dealt with my numerous emails, phone calls, edits, revisions, questions, etc. She appreciated my organization and anal-retentiveness (which is hard to do for some people). She made sure that myself and my bridal party did not have to want for anything.

My day was everything that I could have desired and more. Darcy did an excellent job! She made my wedding memorable (and not just because it was on New Year's).
Catering by Uptown handled our catering for our wedding & reception at Newton White Mansion. I could not have asked for Read more...
Catering by Uptown handled our catering for our wedding & reception at Newton White Mansion. I could not have asked for more! From start to finish, everything was done professionally. I appreciated their promptness to my numerous questions. All of my information and attention to detail was passed on to any and all pertinent staff on hand at my wedding.

There are so many positive things that I think all engaged couples should know but I also don't want to rant forever :) First, I'll start with how special they make you feel. For any appointment I was always asked if I wanted something to drink. They offered much more past a bottle of water. I had tea when I arrived at an appointment with a sore throat. My mother was always able to have coffee (the love of her life). Every detail was reviewed and re-reviewed to ensure accuracy.

Next, the food. OMG! It was delicious at the tasting and even better at the reception (or I was REALLY hungry after such a long day). The options available were amazing. My guests LOVED the food. Their presentation was exquisite. We had lobster and chicken marsala. I wish I could just stop by and have that lobster every day it was so good! The appetizers were unique and delicious. I LOVED the jerk chicken and plantain sandwiches and the sweet potato quesadillas. Everything was just that good!

Finally, Darcy. She was a godsend. I plan weddings so I knew that I would only need a day-of coordinator. I was totally that Darcy would not only be my day-of but also coordinate my rehearsal. Although I could have done it, it felt SO relieving not to have to run the rehearsal. I really felt like a bride and it made the experience even more special. Darcy is AWESOME! She was patient and dealt with my numerous emails, phone calls, edits, revisions, questions, etc. She appreciated my organization and anal-retentiveness (which is hard to do for some people). She made sure that myself and my bridal party did not have to want for anything.

My day was everything that I could have desired and more. Darcy did an excellent job! She made my wedding memorable (and not just because it was on New Year's). Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
11/14/2009
5.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown is fantastic!!! I love how they include the wedding cake as part of the package..it was one thing less I had to worry about. I absolutely love their food, everything from the h'orderves to the cake. I just wish that I had more time to eat on my wedding day. =p Eileen LaPlanche was my event coordinator, and she did a fantastic job on the day-of. She had everything well organized that I had nothing to worry about. Thanks Eileen!!! =)
Catering by Uptown is fantastic!!! I love how they include the wedding cake as part of the package..it was one thing less Read more...
Catering by Uptown is fantastic!!! I love how they include the wedding cake as part of the package..it was one thing less I had to worry about. I absolutely love their food, everything from the h'orderves to the cake. I just wish that I had more time to eat on my wedding day. =p Eileen LaPlanche was my event coordinator, and she did a fantastic job on the day-of. She had everything well organized that I had nothing to worry about. Thanks Eileen!!! =) Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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mbell
Wedding:
11/6/2009
5.0/5.0
We loved working with Catering by Uptown - from day one everyone was friendly and helpful to us - a must to keep stress levels down :). We met with them a few times before the wedding, and for the highly organized, they will be perfect for you as they will instill a sense of peace in you. For the not-so-organized, they'll be perfect for you because they will keep you in line and help you as much as possible! On the day-of, everything was perfect - we couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome! We had our wedding at Top of the Town, one of the venues that they work closely with & when they tell you that they can turn a room over quickly, they mean it!
We loved working with Catering by Uptown - from day one everyone was friendly and helpful to us - a must to keep stress Read more...
We loved working with Catering by Uptown - from day one everyone was friendly and helpful to us - a must to keep stress levels down :). We met with them a few times before the wedding, and for the highly organized, they will be perfect for you as they will instill a sense of peace in you. For the not-so-organized, they'll be perfect for you because they will keep you in line and help you as much as possible! On the day-of, everything was perfect - we couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome! We had our wedding at Top of the Town, one of the venues that they work closely with & when they tell you that they can turn a room over quickly, they mean it! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Mrs. Driver
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about this company; I cannot even think of one area where they could possibly improve. Unbelievable is the only word that comes to mind when I think of Catering By Uptown. I am a foodie so I knew that I wanted to create an experience for my guests that they would talk about for years to come. Eileen was the first coordinator we met and fell in love with; she never said no to anything and was incredibly positive and supportive there was never a point where what I wanted was linked to an up charge nothing ever changed the bottom line cost of my event no matter how extravagant the request or crazy the change! I wanted a custom 5 course meal with a dual entree featuring all lump no fill crab cake (to die for) jumbo shrimp & beef tenderloin, asparagus soup, salad, an intermezzo, and chocolate covered strawberries, silk linens with chiavari chairs done, 7 different white glove passed hors d'ouvres, passed wine, champagne, sparkling water, lobster bisque martini's and more! There was nothing that they were unwilling to do and everything was fantastic! My guests are still raving about how good the food was and how many things there were to choose from. The service was impeccable my guests were greeted upon arrival with a glass of lemonade or sparkling water, fresh fruit, cheeses, dips and spreads were available before the ceremony for guests who arrived early there was no end to the food and it was all delicious. I will say that Catering by Uptown was not the most expensive company we checked out but it wasn't the least expensive either but we quickly realized that in the end everything we received from this caterer would have cost three times as much had we used different venders for each service. Catering by Uptown provided tables, silk linens, chiavari chairs (normally $4 each were included), fine china, stunning chargers, glass ware, friendly servers decked out in tuxedos, 2 premium open bars (no rail drinks here), iron center pieces with crystal & candles, stunning high boy wrapped cocktail tables, an endless bounty of food and drinks, and a fabulous wedding coordinator to help me every step of the way! We received so much more for our money Catering by Uptown was an unbelievable find.
I cannot say enough good things about this company; I cannot even think of one area where they could possibly improve. Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about this company; I cannot even think of one area where they could possibly improve. Unbelievable is the only word that comes to mind when I think of Catering By Uptown. I am a foodie so I knew that I wanted to create an experience for my guests that they would talk about for years to come. Eileen was the first coordinator we met and fell in love with; she never said no to anything and was incredibly positive and supportive there was never a point where what I wanted was linked to an up charge nothing ever changed the bottom line cost of my event no matter how extravagant the request or crazy the change! I wanted a custom 5 course meal with a dual entree featuring all lump no fill crab cake (to die for) jumbo shrimp & beef tenderloin, asparagus soup, salad, an intermezzo, and chocolate covered strawberries, silk linens with chiavari chairs done, 7 different white glove passed hors d'ouvres, passed wine, champagne, sparkling water, lobster bisque martini's and more! There was nothing that they were unwilling to do and everything was fantastic! My guests are still raving about how good the food was and how many things there were to choose from. The service was impeccable my guests were greeted upon arrival with a glass of lemonade or sparkling water, fresh fruit, cheeses, dips and spreads were available before the ceremony for guests who arrived early there was no end to the food and it was all delicious. I will say that Catering by Uptown was not the most expensive company we checked out but it wasn't the least expensive either but we quickly realized that in the end everything we received from this caterer would have cost three times as much had we used different venders for each service. Catering by Uptown provided tables, silk linens, chiavari chairs (normally $4 each were included), fine china, stunning chargers, glass ware, friendly servers decked out in tuxedos, 2 premium open bars (no rail drinks here), iron center pieces with crystal & candles, stunning high boy wrapped cocktail tables, an endless bounty of food and drinks, and a fabulous wedding coordinator to help me every step of the way! We received so much more for our money Catering by Uptown was an unbelievable find. Read less
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jen&leslie
Wedding:
8/7/2009
5.0/5.0
This venue was beyond our expectations. They handled everything from food to linens to setting everything else exactly to our specifications. Their staff and individual wedding coordinators were excellent! They were there every step of the way to answer any questions during planning and the day of were right there for us! It was fantastic!!! I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful location, staff, ceremony, day!
This venue was beyond our expectations. They handled everything from food to linens to setting everything else exactly to Read more...
This venue was beyond our expectations. They handled everything from food to linens to setting everything else exactly to our specifications. Their staff and individual wedding coordinators were excellent! They were there every step of the way to answer any questions during planning and the day of were right there for us! It was fantastic!!! I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful location, staff, ceremony, day! Read less
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Anabelly
Wedding:
7/17/2009
5.0/5.0
I had my wedding at The Villa it was the most unforgettable day. What you pay is what you get it was wonderful. There was food lots of food drinks and very elegant. I would recommend this place to anyone everything was just perfect.
I had my wedding at The Villa it was the most unforgettable day. What you pay is what you get it was wonderful. There was Read more...
I had my wedding at The Villa it was the most unforgettable day. What you pay is what you get it was wonderful. There was food lots of food drinks and very elegant. I would recommend this place to anyone everything was just perfect. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Kimberly
Wedding:
6/5/2009
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at The Villa and absolutely loved everything about it! Caterig by Uptown was the very first vendor that we booked before anything else. They were so helpful! We went to probably 6 tastings in total throughout the wedding planning process... and there food is exceptional! Not only is their excellent, but their venues are too. They take such good care or their locations and are constantly updating them. You also have the opportunity to pick from several different linens, chairs, china, etc. at no cost to you. Lastly, they provide you a day of coordinator, ours was Lana and she was the best. Any questions or concerns I had she was there with an option or solution. Up to the wedding she was always available to meet with me or talk with me via phone or email. The day of the wedding she was the best coordinator! She was there to make sure that everything was on schedule and was always there asking me if I needed a drink or anything. At one point my bustle broke so I walked to the bathroom with my MOH and she was right there behind us trying to help. Catering by Uptown made our wedding everything I ever hoped and I will continue to recommend everyone I know to use them for their future events.
We had our wedding at The Villa and absolutely loved everything about it! Caterig by Uptown was the very first vendor that Read more...
We had our wedding at The Villa and absolutely loved everything about it! Caterig by Uptown was the very first vendor that we booked before anything else. They were so helpful! We went to probably 6 tastings in total throughout the wedding planning process... and there food is exceptional! Not only is their excellent, but their venues are too. They take such good care or their locations and are constantly updating them. You also have the opportunity to pick from several different linens, chairs, china, etc. at no cost to you. Lastly, they provide you a day of coordinator, ours was Lana and she was the best. Any questions or concerns I had she was there with an option or solution. Up to the wedding she was always available to meet with me or talk with me via phone or email. The day of the wedding she was the best coordinator! She was there to make sure that everything was on schedule and was always there asking me if I needed a drink or anything. At one point my bustle broke so I walked to the bathroom with my MOH and she was right there behind us trying to help. Catering by Uptown made our wedding everything I ever hoped and I will continue to recommend everyone I know to use them for their future events. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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riles8
Wedding:
5/24/2009
5.0/5.0
I LOVE Catering by Uptown's Celebrations at the Bay venue and I was very pleased with our experience holding our wedding there. The venue is gorgeous--right on the Chesapeake Bay and the staff is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. The food is amazing--I made a point to eat my whole dinner and we have gotten endless compliments on the appetizers, entrees (their crab cake converted me to liking seafood!), and cake. They were also very accomodating of our non-traditional ceremony. They're prices seem to be on the high end of the market, but they do not nickle and dime you, so when you add up additional costs at other venues the price at Celerations is only slightly more or the same, but I believe the quality of the product and experience is much better. My husband's only concern about the whole experience was that there were a couple times when there was only 1 bartender working to serve our 200 guests, and as a result guests had to wait longer than we would have liked to be served at our open bar. This was called to our event coordinator's attention twice and she responded quickly to get the bar staffed up--even mixing drinks herself to address the situation.
I LOVE Catering by Uptown's Celebrations at the Bay venue and I was very pleased with our experience holding our wedding Read more...
I LOVE Catering by Uptown's Celebrations at the Bay venue and I was very pleased with our experience holding our wedding there. The venue is gorgeous--right on the Chesapeake Bay and the staff is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. The food is amazing--I made a point to eat my whole dinner and we have gotten endless compliments on the appetizers, entrees (their crab cake converted me to liking seafood!), and cake. They were also very accomodating of our non-traditional ceremony. They're prices seem to be on the high end of the market, but they do not nickle and dime you, so when you add up additional costs at other venues the price at Celerations is only slightly more or the same, but I believe the quality of the product and experience is much better. My husband's only concern about the whole experience was that there were a couple times when there was only 1 bartender working to serve our 200 guests, and as a result guests had to wait longer than we would have liked to be served at our open bar. This was called to our event coordinator's attention twice and she responded quickly to get the bar staffed up--even mixing drinks herself to address the situation. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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errie108
Wedding:
2/7/2009
5.0/5.0
Fabulous, worth every cent! Everything was wonderful, we worked with Heather. She was quick so helpful, quick to respond to my emails and attentive to everything. One great thing about Catering by Uptown is they do everything, from the table linens to the cake and on the day of our wedding they set everything up exactly as I requested. It was so much easier having one place to go for everything instead of searching for more vendors. We were able to come in for tastings anytime we wanted and could try anything. All our guests were impressed; it seems like everyone commented to us or my mother about how great all the food was. Our coordinator Heather was wonderful, she took care of everything. While guest were arriving and we were in a back room she brought us our own plate of appetizers, at diner she made us a plate with some of everything and brought it to us herself, and the food was all sooo good. I can’t say enough good things about Catering by Uptown, aside from how happy I was with their service all our guests were blown away by how good the food was.
Our reception went perfectly. If there was one complaint it was from my husband and that was he didn’t get to have any of the brie LOL.
Fabulous, worth every cent! Everything was wonderful, we worked with Heather. She was quick so helpful, quick to respond Read more...
Fabulous, worth every cent! Everything was wonderful, we worked with Heather. She was quick so helpful, quick to respond to my emails and attentive to everything. One great thing about Catering by Uptown is they do everything, from the table linens to the cake and on the day of our wedding they set everything up exactly as I requested. It was so much easier having one place to go for everything instead of searching for more vendors. We were able to come in for tastings anytime we wanted and could try anything. All our guests were impressed; it seems like everyone commented to us or my mother about how great all the food was. Our coordinator Heather was wonderful, she took care of everything. While guest were arriving and we were in a back room she brought us our own plate of appetizers, at diner she made us a plate with some of everything and brought it to us herself, and the food was all sooo good. I can’t say enough good things about Catering by Uptown, aside from how happy I was with their service all our guests were blown away by how good the food was.
Our reception went perfectly. If there was one complaint it was from my husband and that was he didn’t get to have any of the brie LOL. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Abby
Wedding:
9/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Celebrations at the Bay (by Uptown) did a great job! My wedding was so easy to plan, and they went above and beyond to make sure the site was beautiful, and the food is the best wedding food I've ever had! Our coordinator, Kate Kakoda was amazing! Very responsive, very cheerful, and very able to make sure things run smoothly. We did get rain, and had to do our ceremony inside- none of our guests ever knew it was supposed to be outside. Great great job!
Celebrations at the Bay (by Uptown) did a great job! My wedding was so easy to plan, and they went above and beyond to Read more...
Celebrations at the Bay (by Uptown) did a great job! My wedding was so easy to plan, and they went above and beyond to make sure the site was beautiful, and the food is the best wedding food I've ever had! Our coordinator, Kate Kakoda was amazing! Very responsive, very cheerful, and very able to make sure things run smoothly. We did get rain, and had to do our ceremony inside- none of our guests ever knew it was supposed to be outside. Great great job! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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EmilyS
Wedding:
9/6/2008
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay in Pasadena, MD and worked with Catering by Uptown throughout the whole process. Their customer service was top-notch and they were so dependable and accomodating. I couldn't imagine having to plan a wedding without their expertise and assistance. From the initial site visit to all of the day-of frenzy, I always felt like I was in good hands and they never let us down.
We had our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay in Pasadena, MD and worked with Catering by Uptown throughout the whole Read more...
We had our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay in Pasadena, MD and worked with Catering by Uptown throughout the whole process. Their customer service was top-notch and they were so dependable and accomodating. I couldn't imagine having to plan a wedding without their expertise and assistance. From the initial site visit to all of the day-of frenzy, I always felt like I was in good hands and they never let us down. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Brittany
Wedding:
8/2/2008
5.0/5.0
They were very helpful and took care of all of our needs. I am a wedding planner and have worked with many venues in the Annapolis area and Celebrations is my favorite. When it came time to pick a venue for my wedding it was an easy choice. The staff is wonderful and I was able to relax and enjoy my own wedding b/c they took care of everything. My guests are still talking about the food and the views.
They were very helpful and took care of all of our needs. I am a wedding planner and have worked with many venues in the Read more...
They were very helpful and took care of all of our needs. I am a wedding planner and have worked with many venues in the Annapolis area and Celebrations is my favorite. When it came time to pick a venue for my wedding it was an easy choice. The staff is wonderful and I was able to relax and enjoy my own wedding b/c they took care of everything. My guests are still talking about the food and the views. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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das21navy
Wedding:
7/11/2008
5.0/5.0
Celebrations is an amazing place on the bay. I always wanted a wedding on the water and so did my wife. This place made our dreams a reality. They provided us with a wedding planner and she made all of our dreams come true. Because of them our wedding day was perfect and unforgetable.
Celebrations is an amazing place on the bay. I always wanted a wedding on the water and so did my wife. This place made Read more...
Celebrations is an amazing place on the bay. I always wanted a wedding on the water and so did my wife. This place made our dreams a reality. They provided us with a wedding planner and she made all of our dreams come true. Because of them our wedding day was perfect and unforgetable. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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fanciejap
Wedding:
5/17/2008
5.0/5.0
Celebrations at the Bay is an amazing place to get married!!! We had the most beautiful wedding right on the water, the food was fantastic, there was plenty of alcohol, and the everything went very smoothly. They wedding coordinators there are great at their jobs. We had special centerpieces that my mom hand made. When she first started making them we had to make a lot of changes and Celebrations was always accommodating and even gave us tips several times on how we could make it work. And in the end they were nice enough to put them together at the site (they were complicated). Not only that but no matter what I needed during the planning process, they were always there with either an e-mail response or phone call the same day.
Celebrations at the Bay is an amazing place to get married!!! We had the most beautiful wedding right on the water, the Read more...
Celebrations at the Bay is an amazing place to get married!!! We had the most beautiful wedding right on the water, the food was fantastic, there was plenty of alcohol, and the everything went very smoothly. They wedding coordinators there are great at their jobs. We had special centerpieces that my mom hand made. When she first started making them we had to make a lot of changes and Celebrations was always accommodating and even gave us tips several times on how we could make it work. And in the end they were nice enough to put them together at the site (they were complicated). Not only that but no matter what I needed during the planning process, they were always there with either an e-mail response or phone call the same day. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Lana
Wedding:
12/1/2007
5.0/5.0
The first decision that we made as a newly engaged couple was where we were going to hold the big event…little did we know that this one decision would cover so many facets of our dream wedding day. We knew that we wanted a waterfront locale and we visited several venues. It was upon our first visit to "Celebrations at the Bay" in Pasadena (owned by Uptown Caterers) that we began picturing our wedding day because we knew this is where it had to happen. The venue itself is absolutely breathtaking but what makes the place, and the company, so amazing is that the view is only the beginning! Catering by Uptown has an all-inclusive approach down to every last detail. They were our peace of mind during the entire planning process because we knew that they had the art of wedding planning down to a science. Upon our first meeting, we felt a confidence that there was not a possibility of a forgotten or overlooked detail in any aspect of planning because of their commitment to us and our special day. Uptown was involved every step of the way giving advice and feedback on the invitations, the ceremony, the reception, and every detail in between. Their team was always incredibly responsive and knew how to take their service that "extra mile" which makes what they offer extremely unique and worth every single penny! They truly saved my day when it came to flowers and decor because I had a disastrous experience with an outside vendor that I had selected. They took the situation totally in stride, left me without a worry in the world, and most importantly made sure that as the bride, I got to keep my focus on my big day!!! Everyone still has only the best things to say about the food, the venue, the service, and the décor on our wedding day...and it was all just a testament to their level of knowledge and experience in event planning. If you are looking for a "best of the best" type of venue and catering company....you have found your place!!!
The first decision that we made as a newly engaged couple was where we were going to hold the big eventlittle did we know Read more...
The first decision that we made as a newly engaged couple was where we were going to hold the big event…little did we know that this one decision would cover so many facets of our dream wedding day. We knew that we wanted a waterfront locale and we visited several venues. It was upon our first visit to "Celebrations at the Bay" in Pasadena (owned by Uptown Caterers) that we began picturing our wedding day because we knew this is where it had to happen. The venue itself is absolutely breathtaking but what makes the place, and the company, so amazing is that the view is only the beginning! Catering by Uptown has an all-inclusive approach down to every last detail. They were our peace of mind during the entire planning process because we knew that they had the art of wedding planning down to a science. Upon our first meeting, we felt a confidence that there was not a possibility of a forgotten or overlooked detail in any aspect of planning because of their commitment to us and our special day. Uptown was involved every step of the way giving advice and feedback on the invitations, the ceremony, the reception, and every detail in between. Their team was always incredibly responsive and knew how to take their service that "extra mile" which makes what they offer extremely unique and worth every single penny! They truly saved my day when it came to flowers and decor because I had a disastrous experience with an outside vendor that I had selected. They took the situation totally in stride, left me without a worry in the world, and most importantly made sure that as the bride, I got to keep my focus on my big day!!! Everyone still has only the best things to say about the food, the venue, the service, and the décor on our wedding day...and it was all just a testament to their level of knowledge and experience in event planning. If you are looking for a "best of the best" type of venue and catering company....you have found your place!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Michele
Wedding:
6/2/2007
5.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown not only provided delicious food, but each person has their very own event coordinator. Heather Hardage (my event coordinator) was fantastic. She came to my rehearsal (on my request, even though that's not part of the requirement for off-site catering). She helped pick out table linens, china, and offered her honest opinion when I asked. On the day-of, she handled everything! From helping us walk in the right order all the way to making sure the gifts and important items all made it home with a close friend or family member...all without needing to be prompted or reminded or asking me. Fabulous service, great food, great value for the price...highly recommended!!
Catering by Uptown not only provided delicious food, but each person has their very own event coordinator. Heather Hardage Read more...
Catering by Uptown not only provided delicious food, but each person has their very own event coordinator. Heather Hardage (my event coordinator) was fantastic. She came to my rehearsal (on my request, even though that's not part of the requirement for off-site catering). She helped pick out table linens, china, and offered her honest opinion when I asked. On the day-of, she handled everything! From helping us walk in the right order all the way to making sure the gifts and important items all made it home with a close friend or family member...all without needing to be prompted or reminded or asking me. Fabulous service, great food, great value for the price...highly recommended!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Unique Services
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Erik
Wedding:
3/22/2014
4.9/5.0
Awesome venue and food. Our day of coordinator, Bethany, did a fantastic job making our wedding day special and one to remember. Everything came out exactly as planned and even better than we thought it would. There is not honestly one negative thing I have to say about the service and quality we received. The price may of been a little high, but you get what you pay for.
Awesome venue and food. Our day of coordinator, Bethany, did a fantastic job making our wedding day special and one to Read more...
Awesome venue and food. Our day of coordinator, Bethany, did a fantastic job making our wedding day special and one to remember. Everything came out exactly as planned and even better than we thought it would. There is not honestly one negative thing I have to say about the service and quality we received. The price may of been a little high, but you get what you pay for. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Caroline
Wedding:
9/20/2013
4.9/5.0
Food and cake was great at our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay! We had the filet Mignon with potatoes and asparagus, which was great. Our cake was beautifully decorated and the red velvet cake was so yummy! I hope the cake topper will be good when we eat it on our 1st anniversary!
Food and cake was great at our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay! We had the filet Mignon with potatoes and asparagus, Read more...
Food and cake was great at our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay! We had the filet Mignon with potatoes and asparagus, which was great. Our cake was beautifully decorated and the red velvet cake was so yummy! I hope the cake topper will be good when we eat it on our 1st anniversary! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Crystal
Wedding:
8/17/2013
4.9/5.0
WOW. As soon as my husband and I walked in to Celebrations at the Bay we knew we wanted to have our wedding there. It is so beautiful, and you can do so much with the ballroom. Very neutral colors and very open. We had our ceremony on the deck and cocktail and reception in the Chesapeake ball room. We worked with Joanna thought the whole process and also the day of and she was so great. She made it so easy for us during our wedding, and she is such a nice person. The food is AMAZING!!! They truly do so much for you. the price is a bit high but you get so much for what pay. they set up and take down everything. they packed it all up at the end of the night and help load it in our vehicle. i would suggest going to the open house tasting but also doing a private tasting, they offer SO much. Everyone loved the bartender Carl, and said the wait staff was so nice as well. Thank you so much Joanna and catering by uptown for making our wedding truly magical. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
WOW. As soon as my husband and I walked in to Celebrations at the Bay we knew we wanted to have our wedding there. It is Read more...
WOW. As soon as my husband and I walked in to Celebrations at the Bay we knew we wanted to have our wedding there. It is so beautiful, and you can do so much with the ballroom. Very neutral colors and very open. We had our ceremony on the deck and cocktail and reception in the Chesapeake ball room. We worked with Joanna thought the whole process and also the day of and she was so great. She made it so easy for us during our wedding, and she is such a nice person. The food is AMAZING!!! They truly do so much for you. the price is a bit high but you get so much for what pay. they set up and take down everything. they packed it all up at the end of the night and help load it in our vehicle. i would suggest going to the open house tasting but also doing a private tasting, they offer SO much. Everyone loved the bartender Carl, and said the wait staff was so nice as well. Thank you so much Joanna and catering by uptown for making our wedding truly magical. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Oh. My. Goodness.

Catering by Uptown was amazing to us on our wedding day. I actually got dehydrated before the ceremony and was ambulanced to the hospital... HOWEVER, the company let us have an extra hour for half off! It was an interesting day, but the experience cannot be replaced. Thank you to our day-of planner and all of the staff. They were absolutely wonderful.
Oh. My. Goodness.

Catering by Uptown was amazing to us on our wedding day. I actually got dehydrated before the Read more...
Oh. My. Goodness.

Catering by Uptown was amazing to us on our wedding day. I actually got dehydrated before the ceremony and was ambulanced to the hospital... HOWEVER, the company let us have an extra hour for half off! It was an interesting day, but the experience cannot be replaced. Thank you to our day-of planner and all of the staff. They were absolutely wonderful. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
4/27/2013
4.9/5.0
I could not have asked for a more perfect reception and I have Catering By Uptown to thank for that. From the initial touring the venues with Emily and the connection we made while tirelessly going from place to place and laughing about my fiance, the hotness monster, or gossiping about The Bachelor... I knew I made the right choice. The people who work for Catering By Uptown made sure to alleviate any stress on us by making us as comfortable as possible. The planning process was super easy during their huge tasting events where they pass around appetizers and have the actual meals that are served at the wedding! When it came to the actual reception, it was perfect. All of the food was delicious and they even saved us a tray of our hors d'oeuvres that we missed from our cocktail hour! Everyone is still talking about the amazing food they had that night! Oh, and don't even get me started on the cake! They include a cake from Sugar Bakers--talk about yum! I can't wait for our 1 year anniversary to crack into that top tier! All in all, I loved the crew from Catering By Uptown, everything went flawlessly. The only reason that I couldn't give them a 5.0/5.0 is because our day of coordinator never really made herself known to us once we arrived at the venue, which was a little confusing of who I needed to talk to at any point in time. I have to say, don't second guess yourself when it comes to these people, they are amazing!
I could not have asked for a more perfect reception and I have Catering By Uptown to thank for that. From the initial Read more...
I could not have asked for a more perfect reception and I have Catering By Uptown to thank for that. From the initial touring the venues with Emily and the connection we made while tirelessly going from place to place and laughing about my fiance, the hotness monster, or gossiping about The Bachelor... I knew I made the right choice. The people who work for Catering By Uptown made sure to alleviate any stress on us by making us as comfortable as possible. The planning process was super easy during their huge tasting events where they pass around appetizers and have the actual meals that are served at the wedding! When it came to the actual reception, it was perfect. All of the food was delicious and they even saved us a tray of our hors d'oeuvres that we missed from our cocktail hour! Everyone is still talking about the amazing food they had that night! Oh, and don't even get me started on the cake! They include a cake from Sugar Bakers--talk about yum! I can't wait for our 1 year anniversary to crack into that top tier! All in all, I loved the crew from Catering By Uptown, everything went flawlessly. The only reason that I couldn't give them a 5.0/5.0 is because our day of coordinator never really made herself known to us once we arrived at the venue, which was a little confusing of who I needed to talk to at any point in time. I have to say, don't second guess yourself when it comes to these people, they are amazing! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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kelly
Wedding:
5/19/2012
4.9/5.0
Uptown catered our wedding and did a fabulous job! From the start, Peggi was wonderful to work with. The staff in general is responsive to questions and very flexible with requests. The process for selecting food and linens was seamless and fun! The day of the wedding, the food was amazing, the apps, salad, main course... and the cake. Delish! The staff was professional, quick and very accommodating. The day of coordinators, Chelsea and Joanna were awesome. Its like they read my mind, when I was thirsty, I would turn around and she would have a water or a cocktail for me- without asking. They kept to a time line and made the flow of the wedding very easy. I would recommend Catering by Uptown any day. They also did my sister's wedding, another great job.
Uptown catered our wedding and did a fabulous job! From the start, Peggi was wonderful to work with. The staff in general Read more...
Uptown catered our wedding and did a fabulous job! From the start, Peggi was wonderful to work with. The staff in general is responsive to questions and very flexible with requests. The process for selecting food and linens was seamless and fun! The day of the wedding, the food was amazing, the apps, salad, main course... and the cake. Delish! The staff was professional, quick and very accommodating. The day of coordinators, Chelsea and Joanna were awesome. Its like they read my mind, when I was thirsty, I would turn around and she would have a water or a cocktail for me- without asking. They kept to a time line and made the flow of the wedding very easy. I would recommend Catering by Uptown any day. They also did my sister's wedding, another great job. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jennie
Wedding:
3/31/2012
4.9/5.0
Catering by Uptown was a wonderful catering company to work with. Throughout the whole planning process, they were very responsive, professional and extremely flexible. The food was delicious and their service was excellent! The only thing we did noticed was that a very small part of our dessert selection was not provided to our guests that we had ordered (the chocolate dipped strawberries). Even though it didn't really make a difference, it was pointed out to us by one of our guests who had used Catering by Uptown for one of their events. Either way, we were still extremely happy with the food they provided, their service and their overall professionalism. They were very 'on-top' of things and my event coordinator-(Emily) was extremely responsive during the planning process and helpful the day of. I would use them again in a heart beat and would recommend them to friends!!! I had a VERY good experience with Catering by Uptown! Oh yeah, one more thing...for our wedding cake, Sugar Bakers provided it through Catering by Uptown. It was DELICIOUS! Who knew wedding cake could be so good?! It was amazing! Yum!
Catering by Uptown was a wonderful catering company to work with. Throughout the whole planning process, they were very Read more...
Catering by Uptown was a wonderful catering company to work with. Throughout the whole planning process, they were very responsive, professional and extremely flexible. The food was delicious and their service was excellent! The only thing we did noticed was that a very small part of our dessert selection was not provided to our guests that we had ordered (the chocolate dipped strawberries). Even though it didn't really make a difference, it was pointed out to us by one of our guests who had used Catering by Uptown for one of their events. Either way, we were still extremely happy with the food they provided, their service and their overall professionalism. They were very 'on-top' of things and my event coordinator-(Emily) was extremely responsive during the planning process and helpful the day of. I would use them again in a heart beat and would recommend them to friends!!! I had a VERY good experience with Catering by Uptown! Oh yeah, one more thing...for our wedding cake, Sugar Bakers provided it through Catering by Uptown. It was DELICIOUS! Who knew wedding cake could be so good?! It was amazing! Yum! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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jlu352
Wedding:
12/17/2011
4.9/5.0
Very professional and flexible in working with us. From the planning process they have been there for everything we need. Food is simply great! Highly recommend! It's well worth it!
Very professional and flexible in working with us. From the planning process they have been there for everything we need. Read more...
Very professional and flexible in working with us. From the planning process they have been there for everything we need. Food is simply great! Highly recommend! It's well worth it! Read less
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mmcgury
Wedding:
9/4/2011
4.9/5.0
Uptown catering did a wonderful job with our wedding. Our guests could not stop talking about how delicious the food was. They handled our last minute requests, and we could not have asked for much more. As with every wedding there are a few snags, but with uptown catering the only knit picky thing I can say is they had to be reminded to serve the two special kosher meals to our special guests. They made our wedding night magical, and a huge hit with our guests. We highly recommend paying the little extra for such a wonderful company, you won't be disappointed.
Uptown catering did a wonderful job with our wedding. Our guests could not stop talking about how delicious the food was. Read more...
Uptown catering did a wonderful job with our wedding. Our guests could not stop talking about how delicious the food was. They handled our last minute requests, and we could not have asked for much more. As with every wedding there are a few snags, but with uptown catering the only knit picky thing I can say is they had to be reminded to serve the two special kosher meals to our special guests. They made our wedding night magical, and a huge hit with our guests. We highly recommend paying the little extra for such a wonderful company, you won't be disappointed. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning
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dpianko
Wedding:
9/3/2011
4.9/5.0
I am very happy that I had my wedding at Celebrations. The day turned out beautifully, and everyone is still talking about how gorgeous the scenery at Celebrations was (water view, perfect weather). The scenery there makes a wedding very romantic, and a perfect place if you want photographs taken in a waterfront setting. The food is excellent, you get tons of choices - and I was particularly impressed with their robust open bar (which you pay a bit extra for). I liked that I didn't have to find a provider of chairs, tables, linens, wedding cake baker, etc. They provide all that for you as part of the package/cost. It is expensive however ($7200 for property rental PLUS $150-$185/adult for food/beverage, after all is said and done with 6% taxes and 20% mandatory "service charges"). I'm not sure why they charge such a high property rental fee when the food cost is so high, but people can vote with their dollars I suppose. Anyway, everyone who works there is really nice and helpful, and they want to make things great for you. They don't really give you much "help" with planning after you sign your contract, other than having a website to enter your planning details into, and having a person/department to email with questions (they are very responsive to emails, I found). So if you think you're getting a personal wedding planner to help you through the entire process, you're not. You need to be your own planner, and you need to be very on top of things, unless you hire someone. But as long as you know this going in, it's a really great place.
I am very happy that I had my wedding at Celebrations. The day turned out beautifully, and everyone is still talking about Read more...
I am very happy that I had my wedding at Celebrations. The day turned out beautifully, and everyone is still talking about how gorgeous the scenery at Celebrations was (water view, perfect weather). The scenery there makes a wedding very romantic, and a perfect place if you want photographs taken in a waterfront setting. The food is excellent, you get tons of choices - and I was particularly impressed with their robust open bar (which you pay a bit extra for). I liked that I didn't have to find a provider of chairs, tables, linens, wedding cake baker, etc. They provide all that for you as part of the package/cost. It is expensive however ($7200 for property rental PLUS $150-$185/adult for food/beverage, after all is said and done with 6% taxes and 20% mandatory "service charges"). I'm not sure why they charge such a high property rental fee when the food cost is so high, but people can vote with their dollars I suppose. Anyway, everyone who works there is really nice and helpful, and they want to make things great for you. They don't really give you much "help" with planning after you sign your contract, other than having a website to enter your planning details into, and having a person/department to email with questions (they are very responsive to emails, I found). So if you think you're getting a personal wedding planner to help you through the entire process, you're not. You need to be your own planner, and you need to be very on top of things, unless you hire someone. But as long as you know this going in, it's a really great place. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Courtney
Wedding:
7/15/2011
4.9/5.0
Celebrations at the Bay is the absolute last stop you'll ever have to make if you want a beautiful wedding on the water! The ceremony sites are gorgeous, the staff is incredibly helpful and friendly, the food is delicious, and the reception area is so elegant, but fun at the same time. Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better team to work with or a better setting for my summer wedding. Flawless!
Celebrations at the Bay is the absolute last stop you'll ever have to make if you want a beautiful wedding on the water! Read more...
Celebrations at the Bay is the absolute last stop you'll ever have to make if you want a beautiful wedding on the water! The ceremony sites are gorgeous, the staff is incredibly helpful and friendly, the food is delicious, and the reception area is so elegant, but fun at the same time. Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better team to work with or a better setting for my summer wedding. Flawless! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Bree
Wedding:
11/13/2010
4.9/5.0
As the Catering Company is your vendor that probably plays one of the biggest (and most expensive!) roles in your wedding, picking the right one can also be one of the most daunting. I wish I had known about sites like this prior to Google searching "Washington, DC Catering Companies".

The fact of the matter is - the Washington, DC wedding vendor market is crowded with over-priced companies that (in my opinion) put too much of an emphasis on appearance. This includes most of the catering companies I found - they had great service, get responsiveness, but really I just wanted someone that was going to give me REALLY GOOD FOOD and service at a decent price. I didn't care for the ones that could make fire-works from tea leaves or had 30 different shades of pink napkins. (Maybe you do, to each, their own).

Finding Uptown, to me, was a breathe of fresh air. During the tasting - as they describe all they offered with their package (linens, tables/chairs, servers, passed hour d'ourves, stationary hour d'ourves, TWO entrees, INCLUDING OPEN BAR, aaaaaaaand a wedding planner AND a day-of coordinator *deep breath) I figured, there is just no way I can afford this.

False. Value for cost is an understatement. We still spent I would say an average amount per head (catering is not cheap by any means) however, we got a million things more than ANY of the other companies we checked out, for less a head. Most the other companies started aruond $115/head without open bar, stationary hour d'ourves, and nothing close to a personal planner/coordinator.

Jeff, my planner/day-of coordinator, was phenomenal. Anything at all that I needed, or requested, no matter HOW many emails I sent, it got done, quickly and easily. The entire planning process was made easy by their awesome Planning By Uptown website that they have to help you see everything online so you know it will all be setup how you want. Additionally, the day-of coordination was perfect. I did not have to worry about A THING on my wedding day. If there was a problem, Jeff solved it. If there was a question, Jeff answered it.

Uptown went above and beyond what I thought a catering company would provide me. They put together my centerpieces for me - and put out/decorated everything for the cocktail hour and even let me provide my own cupcakes, but STILL decorated/displayed all the cupcakes for me.

On top of all this, I love that Uptown is a family-owned business, and everyone I interacted with throughout the entire process was extremely nice, professional, and flexible.

Hiring Uptown as your catering company will allow you to truly enjoy the important parts of your wedding, all while enjoying OUTSTANDING food and service.
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As the Catering Company is your vendor that probably plays one of the biggest (and most expensive!) roles in your wedding, picking the right one can also be one of the most daunting. I wish I had known about sites like this prior to Google searching "Washington, DC Catering Companies".

The fact of the matter is - the Washington, DC wedding vendor market is crowded with over-priced companies that (in my opinion) put too much of an emphasis on appearance. This includes most of the catering companies I found - they had great service, get responsiveness, but really I just wanted someone that was going to give me REALLY GOOD FOOD and service at a decent price. I didn't care for the ones that could make fire-works from tea leaves or had 30 different shades of pink napkins. (Maybe you do, to each, their own).

Finding Uptown, to me, was a breathe of fresh air. During the tasting - as they describe all they offered with their package (linens, tables/chairs, servers, passed hour d'ourves, stationary hour d'ourves, TWO entrees, INCLUDING OPEN BAR, aaaaaaaand a wedding planner AND a day-of coordinator *deep breath) I figured, there is just no way I can afford this.

False. Value for cost is an understatement. We still spent I would say an average amount per head (catering is not cheap by any means) however, we got a million things more than ANY of the other companies we checked out, for less a head. Most the other companies started aruond $115/head without open bar, stationary hour d'ourves, and nothing close to a personal planner/coordinator.

Jeff, my planner/day-of coordinator, was phenomenal. Anything at all that I needed, or requested, no matter HOW many emails I sent, it got done, quickly and easily. The entire planning process was made easy by their awesome Planning By Uptown website that they have to help you see everything online so you know it will all be setup how you want. Additionally, the day-of coordination was perfect. I did not have to worry about A THING on my wedding day. If there was a problem, Jeff solved it. If there was a question, Jeff answered it.

Uptown went above and beyond what I thought a catering company would provide me. They put together my centerpieces for me - and put out/decorated everything for the cocktail hour and even let me provide my own cupcakes, but STILL decorated/displayed all the cupcakes for me.

On top of all this, I love that Uptown is a family-owned business, and everyone I interacted with throughout the entire process was extremely nice, professional, and flexible.

Hiring Uptown as your catering company will allow you to truly enjoy the important parts of your wedding, all while enjoying OUTSTANDING food and service. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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margoz
Wedding:
8/8/2010
4.9/5.0
Uptown did a wonderful job, and I really feel that they go above and beyond what most catering companies do in the area. The food was delicious. From the beginning they were easy to work with. I like that in the planning process you have a chance to do a tasting before signing with them. From other proposals that we received, we felt that Uptown offered the best value for service. And they certainly delivered, the food was excellent on our wedding day.

DH and I didn't really get to enjoy the cocktail hour, but they brought food to us during our private time after the ceremony and it was so good, I wish I had more hors d'oeuvres! Everyone seemed to love dinner, even my picky/vegetarian SIL. During dinner I had asked someone to make sure they didn't clear our plates while we were walking around the the different tables, they did clear the plate, but immediately brought a new dinner plate for DH and I to share.

They provide a separate event planner to take care of the day-of logistics, and I knew we were taken care of. I also like that they include linens, and really have a lovely selection to choose from. They made the whole planning process very easy. I would absolutely recommend them to other brides in the area.
Uptown did a wonderful job, and I really feel that they go above and beyond what most catering companies do in the area. Read more...
Uptown did a wonderful job, and I really feel that they go above and beyond what most catering companies do in the area. The food was delicious. From the beginning they were easy to work with. I like that in the planning process you have a chance to do a tasting before signing with them. From other proposals that we received, we felt that Uptown offered the best value for service. And they certainly delivered, the food was excellent on our wedding day.

DH and I didn't really get to enjoy the cocktail hour, but they brought food to us during our private time after the ceremony and it was so good, I wish I had more hors d'oeuvres! Everyone seemed to love dinner, even my picky/vegetarian SIL. During dinner I had asked someone to make sure they didn't clear our plates while we were walking around the the different tables, they did clear the plate, but immediately brought a new dinner plate for DH and I to share.

They provide a separate event planner to take care of the day-of logistics, and I knew we were taken care of. I also like that they include linens, and really have a lovely selection to choose from. They made the whole planning process very easy. I would absolutely recommend them to other brides in the area. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Yulia
Wedding:
8/1/2010
4.9/5.0
We were very impressed with the quality of service from Catering by Uptown. We had our ceremony and reception at the Walters Art Museum, and the staff from Catering by Uptown made our day perfect. The food was excellent and beautifully presented, and the staff were very friendly and went above and beyond the call of duty throughout the entire day. Our coordinator Jeff worked with us during the planning and preparations, and really helped on our wedding day to make sure that everything went smoothly. We would definitely recommend these caterers!
We were very impressed with the quality of service from Catering by Uptown. We had our ceremony and reception at the Read more...
We were very impressed with the quality of service from Catering by Uptown. We had our ceremony and reception at the Walters Art Museum, and the staff from Catering by Uptown made our day perfect. The food was excellent and beautifully presented, and the staff were very friendly and went above and beyond the call of duty throughout the entire day. Our coordinator Jeff worked with us during the planning and preparations, and really helped on our wedding day to make sure that everything went smoothly. We would definitely recommend these caterers! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Katie
Wedding:
7/3/2010
4.9/5.0
Everything was perfect on my wedding day. I was disappointed by some things they had originally told me, like I couldn't have rose petals on the tables or going down the aisle, but when it came down to it, I didn't even remember it the day of and no one cares or notices anyway. My day of coordinator was so wonderful (Shawnna) that I didn't even realize certain instances with guests had occurred until days later. I was calm, she was professional and delightful the whole 6 hours! The food was fabulous, and everyone leading up to the big day was very helpful.
Everything was perfect on my wedding day. I was disappointed by some things they had originally told me, like I couldn't Read more...
Everything was perfect on my wedding day. I was disappointed by some things they had originally told me, like I couldn't have rose petals on the tables or going down the aisle, but when it came down to it, I didn't even remember it the day of and no one cares or notices anyway. My day of coordinator was so wonderful (Shawnna) that I didn't even realize certain instances with guests had occurred until days later. I was calm, she was professional and delightful the whole 6 hours! The food was fabulous, and everyone leading up to the big day was very helpful. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Loreal
Wedding:
5/22/2010
4.9/5.0
I couldn't of asked for anything better from Catering by Uptown. We had our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay, working with Eileen, and she was a dream. Every question and concern was handled instantly and during the wedding planning process, I was completely at ease working with her and the rest of the team. They even went out of their way to help me with things that were way beyond their responsibility. The food was amazing and the venue was absolutely beautiful. We are still getting compliments a month later! I hope someday to be able to work with them again. I highly recommend them!
I couldn't of asked for anything better from Catering by Uptown. We had our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay, working Read more...
I couldn't of asked for anything better from Catering by Uptown. We had our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay, working with Eileen, and she was a dream. Every question and concern was handled instantly and during the wedding planning process, I was completely at ease working with her and the rest of the team. They even went out of their way to help me with things that were way beyond their responsibility. The food was amazing and the venue was absolutely beautiful. We are still getting compliments a month later! I hope someday to be able to work with them again. I highly recommend them! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Joseph & Meryn
Wedding:
5/1/2010
4.9/5.0
Our experience with Uptown was fantastic. We got married at Celebrations at the Bay on the tented side and we couldn't have been happier. The lawn and flowers outside were beautifully maintained, the tent was in excellent condition, and the service was awesome. Thankfully we had great weather, but Jeff and the rest of the staff had a plan in place in the event that it should start raining. The food, drinks, and service was impeccable! Everything was cooked to our liking, and there were no mix ups with the "special dishes" needed for our guests with food allergies. Everyone is still raving about the food and especially the cake! They had a server come in to the bridal suite to serve us food and drinks while our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour, they took care of any potential problems that came up without disrupting my husband and I, and they did rush our guests out the door at the end of the night. The entire planning process was fabulous as well. My husband is in the military, so we planned just about the entire thing from afar, and communicated mostly through emails and voicemails, and they were very understanding and patient. They even went as far as to throw in some extra stuff when a few of our confirmed guests were unable to attend at the last minute, so that the money that was paid per head was still used and not just pocketed. Overall, we were extremely impressed and would not have changed a thing about our wedding reception and choosing Uptown.
Our experience with Uptown was fantastic. We got married at Celebrations at the Bay on the tented side and we couldn't Read more...
Our experience with Uptown was fantastic. We got married at Celebrations at the Bay on the tented side and we couldn't have been happier. The lawn and flowers outside were beautifully maintained, the tent was in excellent condition, and the service was awesome. Thankfully we had great weather, but Jeff and the rest of the staff had a plan in place in the event that it should start raining. The food, drinks, and service was impeccable! Everything was cooked to our liking, and there were no mix ups with the "special dishes" needed for our guests with food allergies. Everyone is still raving about the food and especially the cake! They had a server come in to the bridal suite to serve us food and drinks while our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour, they took care of any potential problems that came up without disrupting my husband and I, and they did rush our guests out the door at the end of the night. The entire planning process was fabulous as well. My husband is in the military, so we planned just about the entire thing from afar, and communicated mostly through emails and voicemails, and they were very understanding and patient. They even went as far as to throw in some extra stuff when a few of our confirmed guests were unable to attend at the last minute, so that the money that was paid per head was still used and not just pocketed. Overall, we were extremely impressed and would not have changed a thing about our wedding reception and choosing Uptown. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/16/2009
4.9/5.0
They made us feel very comfortable on our wedding day. They are very easy to work with. All my guest said the food and cake was very delicious. I highly recommend them.
They made us feel very comfortable on our wedding day. They are very easy to work with. All my guest said the food and Read more...
They made us feel very comfortable on our wedding day. They are very easy to work with. All my guest said the food and cake was very delicious. I highly recommend them. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Annie
Wedding:
6/28/2014
4.8/5.0
We were married at Celebrations at the Bay and had our reception in the tent. It could not have been better! We wanted a casual, beachy atmosphere and Rachel and Stephanie were totally on board with making this happen. The cocktails were outside and the dinner/dancing inside, with a lot of people taking advantage of the beautiful setting to have some fun outdoors, complete with hula hoops. Many of our guests took family pictures with the bay in the background and with all of the flowers and Hawaiian shirts, it really did look like a tropical beach setting. Too bad I can't include a picture of the awesome Beach Wedding cake that they made....
We were married at Celebrations at the Bay and had our reception in the tent. It could not have been better! We wanted a Read more...
We were married at Celebrations at the Bay and had our reception in the tent. It could not have been better! We wanted a casual, beachy atmosphere and Rachel and Stephanie were totally on board with making this happen. The cocktails were outside and the dinner/dancing inside, with a lot of people taking advantage of the beautiful setting to have some fun outdoors, complete with hula hoops. Many of our guests took family pictures with the bay in the background and with all of the flowers and Hawaiian shirts, it really did look like a tropical beach setting. Too bad I can't include a picture of the awesome Beach Wedding cake that they made.... Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Noelle
Wedding:
5/23/2014
4.8/5.0
Catering by Uptown really is the cream of the crop. They are extremely professional and they will make your wedding or event as stress free as possible. They provide lighting, chairs, linens, silverware and much more. One thing that I loved was the day of coordinator that they give you. We had Mary as our coordinator and she made sure everything went smoothly. I forgot the garter and the wine for our wine ceremony but Mary had an extra garter and made sure the wine was taken care of right away,

On our wedding day, it was going to rain and Mary asked what I wanted to do. She respected my wishes to still get married outside and the rain stopped right before the ceremony and the pictures. Mary and the team made sure everything was perfect including getting my centerpieces made. When our limo didn't show up, Mary made sure we got home okay and gave us champagne and glasses for the ride. She kept us on schedule the whole night. We are extremely grateful for all that Catering by Uptown did for us.

One small thing is I wish they didn't take away the food so quickly. My husband and I had a couple of bites and went to each table to say hi and when we returned, the food was gone. We had crab cakes and filet mignon and they were both delicious. Other people said that they took the food away too quickly. Other than that, it was the best day!
Catering by Uptown really is the cream of the crop. They are extremely professional and they will make your wedding or Read more...
Catering by Uptown really is the cream of the crop. They are extremely professional and they will make your wedding or event as stress free as possible. They provide lighting, chairs, linens, silverware and much more. One thing that I loved was the day of coordinator that they give you. We had Mary as our coordinator and she made sure everything went smoothly. I forgot the garter and the wine for our wine ceremony but Mary had an extra garter and made sure the wine was taken care of right away,

On our wedding day, it was going to rain and Mary asked what I wanted to do. She respected my wishes to still get married outside and the rain stopped right before the ceremony and the pictures. Mary and the team made sure everything was perfect including getting my centerpieces made. When our limo didn't show up, Mary made sure we got home okay and gave us champagne and glasses for the ride. She kept us on schedule the whole night. We are extremely grateful for all that Catering by Uptown did for us.

One small thing is I wish they didn't take away the food so quickly. My husband and I had a couple of bites and went to each table to say hi and when we returned, the food was gone. We had crab cakes and filet mignon and they were both delicious. Other people said that they took the food away too quickly. Other than that, it was the best day! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
This place was great. Gorgeous venue and great staff. They were there to help no matter what the situation. You get what you pay for. The one reason I gave 4 fo value is because it is expensive but you get what you pay for. Food was great. Jeff and Katelynn were awesome. there for anything we needed and went above and beyond. We even had someone get sick and they jumped right on it to have it taken care of. Even the staff doing the catering were very friendly which was nice to have. Love this place and would recomment IF you have the budget for it.
This place was great. Gorgeous venue and great staff. They were there to help no matter what the situation. You get what Read more...
This place was great. Gorgeous venue and great staff. They were there to help no matter what the situation. You get what you pay for. The one reason I gave 4 fo value is because it is expensive but you get what you pay for. Food was great. Jeff and Katelynn were awesome. there for anything we needed and went above and beyond. We even had someone get sick and they jumped right on it to have it taken care of. Even the staff doing the catering were very friendly which was nice to have. Love this place and would recomment IF you have the budget for it. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
We started working with Lauren and she was absolutely amazing! She was so nice, patient and accommodating… she spent weeks with us helping to find our perfect venue. Lauren also made sure that we got everything we wanted on our menu. This included a premium bar, signature cocktail, 3 stationary hors d'oeuvres, 6 passed hors d'oeuvres, salad, a pasta interlude, dual entrée with two sides, dessert bar, a 4-tier wedding cake from Sugar Bakers, and late night snack, among other things. Not only does Uptown offer you so much for your money but the food is delicious! They were incredibly accommodating and willing to make all of our special requests happen. Our guests raved about how good the food was and how much there was to eat. People who didn’t eat certain foods told us that it was so good they ate it anyway! The staff was also super friendly and presented everything in a professional manner. Jeff was our day of coordinator and he took extremely good care of my husband and I, and made sure we had drinks and plates of food waiting for us at our table in between going to mingle with guests, so we were actually able to eat dinner. He was incredibly helpful, professional and responsive to our every need. The only thing that I heard went wrong was two of the kids did not get their kids meals. I’m not sure why this happened but everything else was fantastic. We are still getting rave reviews from all of our guests! Many said that this was THE BEST wedding they had ever attended! A huge thank you goes out to Lauren and Jeff as well as the owner, Rob. Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding day fabulous! We would definitely recommend them again.
We started working with Lauren and she was absolutely amazing! She was so nice, patient and accommodating… she spent weeks Read more...
We started working with Lauren and she was absolutely amazing! She was so nice, patient and accommodating… she spent weeks with us helping to find our perfect venue. Lauren also made sure that we got everything we wanted on our menu. This included a premium bar, signature cocktail, 3 stationary hors d'oeuvres, 6 passed hors d'oeuvres, salad, a pasta interlude, dual entrée with two sides, dessert bar, a 4-tier wedding cake from Sugar Bakers, and late night snack, among other things. Not only does Uptown offer you so much for your money but the food is delicious! They were incredibly accommodating and willing to make all of our special requests happen. Our guests raved about how good the food was and how much there was to eat. People who didn’t eat certain foods told us that it was so good they ate it anyway! The staff was also super friendly and presented everything in a professional manner. Jeff was our day of coordinator and he took extremely good care of my husband and I, and made sure we had drinks and plates of food waiting for us at our table in between going to mingle with guests, so we were actually able to eat dinner. He was incredibly helpful, professional and responsive to our every need. The only thing that I heard went wrong was two of the kids did not get their kids meals. I’m not sure why this happened but everything else was fantastic. We are still getting rave reviews from all of our guests! Many said that this was THE BEST wedding they had ever attended! A huge thank you goes out to Lauren and Jeff as well as the owner, Rob. Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding day fabulous! We would definitely recommend them again. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
I loved everything about this venue and the vendor and the people working here. My wedding was incredible, and this venue was a big part of why. They made an all Indian vegetarian menu--including some family recipes. My food snob family was impressed. They let us pick out our favorite beers and wines to serve, and have beautiful plates and table clothes to choose from. On the day of, my point person said they relieved stress by quickly coming up with solutions to any last minute problems (we had a windy day). The venue is beautiful--as dreamy of a waterside wedding as you can get in this region. All in all a perfect venue.
I loved everything about this venue and the vendor and the people working here. My wedding was incredible, and this venue Read more...
I loved everything about this venue and the vendor and the people working here. My wedding was incredible, and this venue was a big part of why. They made an all Indian vegetarian menu--including some family recipes. My food snob family was impressed. They let us pick out our favorite beers and wines to serve, and have beautiful plates and table clothes to choose from. On the day of, my point person said they relieved stress by quickly coming up with solutions to any last minute problems (we had a windy day). The venue is beautiful--as dreamy of a waterside wedding as you can get in this region. All in all a perfect venue. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Krystin
Wedding:
4/13/2013
4.8/5.0
Catering by Uptown was a wonderful company to work with for our wedding. We only used them for our reception part of the wedding at Celebrations at the Bay due to our ceremony being at the Naval Academy. I must say I worked with many different people who were all wonderful at Catering by Uptown.
First person I worked with booking the reception was Darcy. She is a very fun loving and out going person who made booking with this company very easy and always willing to answer questions. I then worked alot with Sarah from the planning department who I worked with the longest. Sarah was amazing with meeting for our tasting/picking out decor details to every email and phone call (which were many!). She was always very patient and willing to answer every question I came across. I sometimes had a hard time getting a hold of her through email but would always get back with me within a weeks time. She really made the planning part very fun and can tell enjoys her job very much! My day of corridinator was Lyndsay. She was super sweet and worked with me last few weeks before wedding and day of. She made everything very smooth sailing and always with a smile! I really enjoyed working with her and highly recommened her for any couple to use day of!
Celebrations at the Bay was such a wonderful venue! The setting was perfect especially since I had out of town guests to truely enjoy the Chesapeake Bay views! Every one raved about the food as well!!! I heard through out the night "best wedding food I ever had". I also had many guests complimenting the bartenders on how wonderful they were and many choices with open bar! The lighting in the tent is just beautiful as well at night time! Please do not hesitate to use this venue for your wedding! It was worth every penny and now have wonderful memories of our wedding day there for a lifetime! Thanks Catering by Uptown!
Catering by Uptown was a wonderful company to work with for our wedding. We only used them for our reception part of the Read more...
Catering by Uptown was a wonderful company to work with for our wedding. We only used them for our reception part of the wedding at Celebrations at the Bay due to our ceremony being at the Naval Academy. I must say I worked with many different people who were all wonderful at Catering by Uptown.
First person I worked with booking the reception was Darcy. She is a very fun loving and out going person who made booking with this company very easy and always willing to answer questions. I then worked alot with Sarah from the planning department who I worked with the longest. Sarah was amazing with meeting for our tasting/picking out decor details to every email and phone call (which were many!). She was always very patient and willing to answer every question I came across. I sometimes had a hard time getting a hold of her through email but would always get back with me within a weeks time. She really made the planning part very fun and can tell enjoys her job very much! My day of corridinator was Lyndsay. She was super sweet and worked with me last few weeks before wedding and day of. She made everything very smooth sailing and always with a smile! I really enjoyed working with her and highly recommened her for any couple to use day of!
Celebrations at the Bay was such a wonderful venue! The setting was perfect especially since I had out of town guests to truely enjoy the Chesapeake Bay views! Every one raved about the food as well!!! I heard through out the night "best wedding food I ever had". I also had many guests complimenting the bartenders on how wonderful they were and many choices with open bar! The lighting in the tent is just beautiful as well at night time! Please do not hesitate to use this venue for your wedding! It was worth every penny and now have wonderful memories of our wedding day there for a lifetime! Thanks Catering by Uptown! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Mary
Wedding:
12/1/2012
4.8/5.0
Catering by Uptown did an amazing job during our wedding reception on Saturday, December 1 in Washington, D.C. Our guests raved about the food and we're still getting compliments about the crab cakes! They are extremely reasonably priced and were willing to work with our crazy custom appetizer and signature drink ideas. Emily was our onsite staff contact and she was super helpful and responsive during the entire reception. One thing worth mentioning is you have one general email address leading up to your reception event for any questions, so you'll get responses from several different Uptown staffers instead of one single contact. I would have preferred one person to speak to from start to finish, but everyone was so nice and helpful that it didn't really matter. I would highly recommend Uptown to any future brides.
Catering by Uptown did an amazing job during our wedding reception on Saturday, December 1 in Washington, D.C. Our guests Read more...
Catering by Uptown did an amazing job during our wedding reception on Saturday, December 1 in Washington, D.C. Our guests raved about the food and we're still getting compliments about the crab cakes! They are extremely reasonably priced and were willing to work with our crazy custom appetizer and signature drink ideas. Emily was our onsite staff contact and she was super helpful and responsive during the entire reception. One thing worth mentioning is you have one general email address leading up to your reception event for any questions, so you'll get responses from several different Uptown staffers instead of one single contact. I would have preferred one person to speak to from start to finish, but everyone was so nice and helpful that it didn't really matter. I would highly recommend Uptown to any future brides. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Samantha
Wedding:
9/1/2012
4.8/5.0
WOW!! I could never thank Catering by Uptown and its employees enough for the PERFECT wedding they created. I do not have one complaint as far as the catering/quality/ and overall responsiveness of the company. Everyone asked how I planned a wedding without a wedding planner with every thing else I had going on and it would not have been possible with out Catering by Uptown. I had about 10 months interacting with them and not one single time did I not feel like I was the only bride they were dealing with. They were with my every step of the way, from catering, cake, decorations, and suggestions. The day of the wedding our wedding coordinator (employed by catering by uptown) was amazing! She was there to make sure everything went as smooth as possible.

Catering by Uptown has a open house which is a MUST when planning your wedding with them. We were able to try all of the food as well as create our table style. There are also some suggested vendor which was awesome for us because we found Metro Elegance there who did our hair/makeup.

Bottom line- Catering by uptown is pricey BUT it was worth every single penny we paid. We had the perfect wedding thanks to them.
WOW!! I could never thank Catering by Uptown and its employees enough for the PERFECT wedding they created. I do not have Read more...
WOW!! I could never thank Catering by Uptown and its employees enough for the PERFECT wedding they created. I do not have one complaint as far as the catering/quality/ and overall responsiveness of the company. Everyone asked how I planned a wedding without a wedding planner with every thing else I had going on and it would not have been possible with out Catering by Uptown. I had about 10 months interacting with them and not one single time did I not feel like I was the only bride they were dealing with. They were with my every step of the way, from catering, cake, decorations, and suggestions. The day of the wedding our wedding coordinator (employed by catering by uptown) was amazing! She was there to make sure everything went as smooth as possible.

Catering by Uptown has a open house which is a MUST when planning your wedding with them. We were able to try all of the food as well as create our table style. There are also some suggested vendor which was awesome for us because we found Metro Elegance there who did our hair/makeup.

Bottom line- Catering by uptown is pricey BUT it was worth every single penny we paid. We had the perfect wedding thanks to them. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
Uptown catering was fabulous! They were prompt, helpful, and so informative.
Uptown catering was fabulous! They were prompt, helpful, and so informative.
Uptown catering was fabulous! They were prompt, helpful, and so informative. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Michelle
Wedding:
6/29/2012
4.8/5.0
Catering by Uptown is truly the ultimate one-stop shop for weddings (or any important occasion). Celebrations at the Bay is stunning. Located on the Chesapeake, the outdoor ceremony site faces the water. The grounds make a stunning backdrop for photos. It is breathtaking.

The food is exceptional and plenty of options to choose from. As someone with food allergies, they were able to accommodate them and still provide plenty of options and not feel deprived. If anyone left my wedding hungry, it wasn't because of the amount of food available. Cake was also included in the package; we chose carrot cake, and it was divine.

Prior to the wedding, there are opportunities to have tastings and meet vendors that they have a great working relationship. They also guarantee that they will reimburse you if any vendor they recommend on their website does not live up to expectations.

The day of coordinator (Emily) was wonderful. She kept everything running smoothly. They are all amazing and professional.
Catering by Uptown is truly the ultimate one-stop shop for weddings (or any important occasion). Celebrations at the Bay Read more...
Catering by Uptown is truly the ultimate one-stop shop for weddings (or any important occasion). Celebrations at the Bay is stunning. Located on the Chesapeake, the outdoor ceremony site faces the water. The grounds make a stunning backdrop for photos. It is breathtaking.

The food is exceptional and plenty of options to choose from. As someone with food allergies, they were able to accommodate them and still provide plenty of options and not feel deprived. If anyone left my wedding hungry, it wasn't because of the amount of food available. Cake was also included in the package; we chose carrot cake, and it was divine.

Prior to the wedding, there are opportunities to have tastings and meet vendors that they have a great working relationship. They also guarantee that they will reimburse you if any vendor they recommend on their website does not live up to expectations.

The day of coordinator (Emily) was wonderful. She kept everything running smoothly. They are all amazing and professional. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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kiwi1771
Wedding:
4/28/2012
4.8/5.0
Our friends and family are still telling us what an amazing time they had at our reception. We chose Catering By Uptown at Town and Country Ballroom for our reception venue. I never had a clear vision of what our wedding should look like, but there were so many helpful, knowledgeable people along the way that made planning a piece of cake (no pun intended). Their food selection was varied, plentiful, and classy. If I was only considering my experience with them, they would all receive 5 stars, hands down, but our father's had a little bit of trouble securing the type of wine they wanted to serve throughout the evening. They didn't order enough of it, so they only served it during the cocktail hour. Oh well- after the cocktail hour you begin losing the ability to distinguish fine wines anyway. Thank you Catering By Uptown for an absolutely amazing reception!
Our friends and family are still telling us what an amazing time they had at our reception. We chose Catering By Uptown at Read more...
Our friends and family are still telling us what an amazing time they had at our reception. We chose Catering By Uptown at Town and Country Ballroom for our reception venue. I never had a clear vision of what our wedding should look like, but there were so many helpful, knowledgeable people along the way that made planning a piece of cake (no pun intended). Their food selection was varied, plentiful, and classy. If I was only considering my experience with them, they would all receive 5 stars, hands down, but our father's had a little bit of trouble securing the type of wine they wanted to serve throughout the evening. They didn't order enough of it, so they only served it during the cocktail hour. Oh well- after the cocktail hour you begin losing the ability to distinguish fine wines anyway. Thank you Catering By Uptown for an absolutely amazing reception! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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RJ
Wedding:
2/11/2012
4.8/5.0
The food was delicious! We wanted to do brunch for our early wedding and they were great and willing to work with us on that. They were very helpful every time we talked to them and the people were wonderful to work with. Because we got married in February we were able to get a great discount! I would absolutely recommend them to anyone getting married in the Annapolis area.
The food was delicious! We wanted to do brunch for our early wedding and they were great and willing to work with us on Read more...
The food was delicious! We wanted to do brunch for our early wedding and they were great and willing to work with us on that. They were very helpful every time we talked to them and the people were wonderful to work with. Because we got married in February we were able to get a great discount! I would absolutely recommend them to anyone getting married in the Annapolis area. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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hlvansant
Wedding:
5/30/2011
4.8/5.0
I had my wedding at Celebrations at the Bay. They did such a fantastic job. It is so helpful that a lot of things are included for the money, so it makes it so much easier on the bride. Venue was beautiful! Food was absolutely fantastic. Some of the best wedding food I have ever had.
I had my wedding at Celebrations at the Bay. They did such a fantastic job. It is so helpful that a lot of things are Read more...
I had my wedding at Celebrations at the Bay. They did such a fantastic job. It is so helpful that a lot of things are included for the money, so it makes it so much easier on the bride. Venue was beautiful! Food was absolutely fantastic. Some of the best wedding food I have ever had. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Ellyn
Wedding:
12/4/2010
4.8/5.0
Catering By Uptown did an excellent job on my December 5,2010 wedding. It was truly a magical and amazing day for us due to the services by CBU! The staff worked great to get us what we wanted. They allowed us to drop off all our DIY projects and set everything up so beautifully and it was just so beautiful. Our family has remarked that it was the best wedding they have gone to ever.

From the planning process CBU has been there to provide everything you need, the vendor recommendations, tips on saving money and rehearsal, they really know what they are doing.
Thanks for making our day!
Catering By Uptown did an excellent job on my December 5,2010 wedding. It was truly a magical and amazing day for us due Read more...
Catering By Uptown did an excellent job on my December 5,2010 wedding. It was truly a magical and amazing day for us due to the services by CBU! The staff worked great to get us what we wanted. They allowed us to drop off all our DIY projects and set everything up so beautifully and it was just so beautiful. Our family has remarked that it was the best wedding they have gone to ever.

From the planning process CBU has been there to provide everything you need, the vendor recommendations, tips on saving money and rehearsal, they really know what they are doing.
Thanks for making our day! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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OpsieDaisy
Wedding:
9/24/2010
4.8/5.0
I used Catering By Uptown for cocktail hour and dinner service. They are AMAZING!!! food was awesome, temperature was perfect.. everyone ate WELL and there was more food than necessary. The set-up was amazing... you can't go wrong using this company.
I used Catering By Uptown for cocktail hour and dinner service. They are AMAZING!!! food was awesome, temperature was Read more...
I used Catering By Uptown for cocktail hour and dinner service. They are AMAZING!!! food was awesome, temperature was perfect.. everyone ate WELL and there was more food than necessary. The set-up was amazing... you can't go wrong using this company. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Julie
Wedding:
4/17/2010
4.8/5.0
AMAZING!!!!! We just got married here and all I can say is that they exceded both mine and my husbands expectations. Everything was PERFECT! Our DJ was running late and the day of planner that they provide took care of it without me even knowing until after the wedding. The food is not like normal catered food, it tasted like it was homeade and thats all my guests could talk about. It is a little on the expensive side but for all that they provide it is TOTALLY worth it. The only things that they do not provide themselves is the dj, officiant, flowers, and videographer/photographer. They even make the cake if you want them too. I cannot say enough about this place. At least check it out. It is BEAUTIFUL! You wont regret using this venue!!!!
AMAZING!!!!! We just got married here and all I can say is that they exceded both mine and my husbands expectations. Read more...
AMAZING!!!!! We just got married here and all I can say is that they exceded both mine and my husbands expectations. Everything was PERFECT! Our DJ was running late and the day of planner that they provide took care of it without me even knowing until after the wedding. The food is not like normal catered food, it tasted like it was homeade and thats all my guests could talk about. It is a little on the expensive side but for all that they provide it is TOTALLY worth it. The only things that they do not provide themselves is the dj, officiant, flowers, and videographer/photographer. They even make the cake if you want them too. I cannot say enough about this place. At least check it out. It is BEAUTIFUL! You wont regret using this venue!!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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aasilandnadia
Wedding:
6/28/2009
4.8/5.0
We planned our wedding relatively last minute and from abroad. Our wedding planner at the site, Jeff Ditter, was AMAZING! He calmed all my nerves and really made us feel at home in the venue. He knew how to handle large wedding parties and was extremely helpful in offering advice and making things easy for the bride and the groom. We really owe him a huge thank you!
We planned our wedding relatively last minute and from abroad. Our wedding planner at the site, Jeff Ditter, was AMAZING! Read more...
We planned our wedding relatively last minute and from abroad. Our wedding planner at the site, Jeff Ditter, was AMAZING! He calmed all my nerves and really made us feel at home in the venue. He knew how to handle large wedding parties and was extremely helpful in offering advice and making things easy for the bride and the groom. We really owe him a huge thank you! Read less
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April
Wedding:
12/20/2008
4.8/5.0
The staff is amazing and very easy to work with. Always get everything you want in writing, and they are very flexible with substitutions to a point, some things may cost extra. Everything was included, so it made an easy decision for us, especially when you look at the site in person. It is absolutely amazing scenery and makes for wonderful pictures!
The staff is amazing and very easy to work with. Always get everything you want in writing, and they are very flexible Read more...
The staff is amazing and very easy to work with. Always get everything you want in writing, and they are very flexible with substitutions to a point, some things may cost extra. Everything was included, so it made an easy decision for us, especially when you look at the site in person. It is absolutely amazing scenery and makes for wonderful pictures! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Rachel
Wedding:
10/4/2008
4.8/5.0
Uptown Caterers was very professional. We met with Sarah at least 6 times and every time she had tips and suggestions for us. She always had time to talk to us and if she was out of the office, she called us back in a quick fashion.

Even when my father lost his job and couldn't pay the remaining bill, Sarah worked with us to set up a payment plan for after the wedding. She also came with us the night before to the reception hall to help us set up.

All in all, they were great!
Uptown Caterers was very professional. We met with Sarah at least 6 times and every time she had tips and suggestions for Read more...
Uptown Caterers was very professional. We met with Sarah at least 6 times and every time she had tips and suggestions for us. She always had time to talk to us and if she was out of the office, she called us back in a quick fashion.

Even when my father lost his job and couldn't pay the remaining bill, Sarah worked with us to set up a payment plan for after the wedding. She also came with us the night before to the reception hall to help us set up.

All in all, they were great! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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C&P1008
Wedding:
10/3/2008
4.8/5.0
We fell in love with Celebrations the moment we set foot on the property and knew we had to get married there. It was perfect for us. Since we only had about a 6 month engagement, it was a great choice for us because they include so much in their package. We didnt have to go shopping around for a cake, linens, a coordinator, etc. I loved every meeting with them and they always treated us with the utmost respect. Also, you can log into your online wedding planner when you book with them which was incredibly helpful. The day of our wedding was about 70 degrees and sunny, absolutly perfect, and now we have gorgeous pictures with the bay in the background to last a lifetime. The food was incredible-many guests have told me it's the best wedding food they ever had and the service was top-notch. They made everything so easy and gave us a gorgeous wedding-couldnt be happier!
We fell in love with Celebrations the moment we set foot on the property and knew we had to get married there. It was Read more...
We fell in love with Celebrations the moment we set foot on the property and knew we had to get married there. It was perfect for us. Since we only had about a 6 month engagement, it was a great choice for us because they include so much in their package. We didnt have to go shopping around for a cake, linens, a coordinator, etc. I loved every meeting with them and they always treated us with the utmost respect. Also, you can log into your online wedding planner when you book with them which was incredibly helpful. The day of our wedding was about 70 degrees and sunny, absolutly perfect, and now we have gorgeous pictures with the bay in the background to last a lifetime. The food was incredible-many guests have told me it's the best wedding food they ever had and the service was top-notch. They made everything so easy and gave us a gorgeous wedding-couldnt be happier! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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UrsulaK
Wedding:
4/11/2008
4.8/5.0
Uptown made the entire planning process easy and they were flawless the day of our reception. They were open to all of our suggestions regarding the wedding and executed it perfectly.
Uptown made the entire planning process easy and they were flawless the day of our reception. They were open to all of our Read more...
Uptown made the entire planning process easy and they were flawless the day of our reception. They were open to all of our suggestions regarding the wedding and executed it perfectly. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Tim and Rhonda
Wedding:
8/3/2014
4.7/5.0
We hosted our daughter's wedding at Celebrations at the Bay on 8/3/14. Is it out of the way? You bet! Is it worth the trip and a hidden gem? You bet! The view and grounds are outstanding. Every single guest was blown away by the entire evening. The ballroom looked magical, thanks to our choices from the seemingly 1000's of decor options. The food was exceptional - as delicious as it was at the formal tasting event. The wait staff was professional yet friendly. Kudos to Eileen on the planning team and Mary Vick, our day of coordinator. Mary's thoughtful texts to the bride and can-do attitude made it a wonderful evening filled with special touches.
We hosted our daughter's wedding at Celebrations at the Bay on 8/3/14. Is it out of the way? You bet! Is it worth the trip Read more...
We hosted our daughter's wedding at Celebrations at the Bay on 8/3/14. Is it out of the way? You bet! Is it worth the trip and a hidden gem? You bet! The view and grounds are outstanding. Every single guest was blown away by the entire evening. The ballroom looked magical, thanks to our choices from the seemingly 1000's of decor options. The food was exceptional - as delicious as it was at the formal tasting event. The wait staff was professional yet friendly. Kudos to Eileen on the planning team and Mary Vick, our day of coordinator. Mary's thoughtful texts to the bride and can-do attitude made it a wonderful evening filled with special touches. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Tina
Wedding:
4/26/2014
4.7/5.0
We got married at Waverly Mansion and had a wonderful experience. The food was phenomenal and everyone had plenty to eat throughout the night. The wedding planners the day of the wedding were very good about the schedule and making sure we were always on time, which was really helpful! The venue and grounds were beautiful. Everyone had a great time. There were only minor issues with communication - sometimes people were not always available at the office to speak with, but we always got a call back within a couple days. All in all, we had a positive experience and an incredible wedding day!
We got married at Waverly Mansion and had a wonderful experience. The food was phenomenal and everyone had plenty to eat Read more...
We got married at Waverly Mansion and had a wonderful experience. The food was phenomenal and everyone had plenty to eat throughout the night. The wedding planners the day of the wedding were very good about the schedule and making sure we were always on time, which was really helpful! The venue and grounds were beautiful. Everyone had a great time. There were only minor issues with communication - sometimes people were not always available at the office to speak with, but we always got a call back within a couple days. All in all, we had a positive experience and an incredible wedding day! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/1/2012
4.7/5.0
Catering By Uptown did a wonderful job. They made sure that the space in my venue was utilized. Karen was our Day of Coordinator and she made sure that we were on schedule and happy. It's a little pricey but well worth it. Thanks CBU!
Catering By Uptown did a wonderful job. They made sure that the space in my venue was utilized. Karen was our Day of Read more...
Catering By Uptown did a wonderful job. They made sure that the space in my venue was utilized. Karen was our Day of Coordinator and she made sure that we were on schedule and happy. It's a little pricey but well worth it. Thanks CBU! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Christine
Wedding:
8/26/2011
4.7/5.0
I had my dream wedding!! Location is absolutely beautiful overlooking the Chesapeake Bay...wedding and cocktail hour on the lawn and reception in the tent. The tent is classy and looked amazing and was so perfectly air conditioned!! My family and friends were in awe! We used Catering by Uptown who is affiliated with Celebrations...food was fantastic and plentiful. Would definitely recommend the crab cake and filet combo. There is also a wide selection of appetizers. Our wedding coordinator was Peter and he was excellent...answering questions, directing the bridal party and wedding guests as well as ensuring that my husband and I had drinks, food, whatever...he also set up the reception perfectly! Truly a pampered luxurious experience!
I had my dream wedding!! Location is absolutely beautiful overlooking the Chesapeake Bay...wedding and cocktail hour on Read more...
I had my dream wedding!! Location is absolutely beautiful overlooking the Chesapeake Bay...wedding and cocktail hour on the lawn and reception in the tent. The tent is classy and looked amazing and was so perfectly air conditioned!! My family and friends were in awe! We used Catering by Uptown who is affiliated with Celebrations...food was fantastic and plentiful. Would definitely recommend the crab cake and filet combo. There is also a wide selection of appetizers. Our wedding coordinator was Peter and he was excellent...answering questions, directing the bridal party and wedding guests as well as ensuring that my husband and I had drinks, food, whatever...he also set up the reception perfectly! Truly a pampered luxurious experience! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Lauren
Wedding:
7/3/2011
4.7/5.0
Catering by Uptown is an amazing 1 stop shop....they have it all!!! I was planning a wedding from several states away, and Uptown made my life a lot of easier. We got our wedding site (The Waverly Mansion), food, cake, DJ, linens, day of coordinator, wedding arch, tables, chairs, uplighting, etc. I did not have to worry about renting or finding companies to take care of any of that. They helped us to select what fit our wedding tastes best and made it an night to remember or us and our guests. I still have guests raving about the food!

My only complaint is that you do not find out who your "Day of" person is until around 2 weeks before the wedding. I had several wonderful people, like Jeff and Rita, helping me with details and a million questions that I felt very comfortable with them. It would be nice to get friendly and comfortable with your assigned coordinator much earlier in the process. No matter what though, everyone on staff is extremely helpful and tries to do anything possible to make it perfect!

Our wedding was supposed to be outside and a storm rolled in 45 minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start. The staff set everything up in the tent but Glynis, our coordinator, assured me that she would wait until the last minute to make the call if we could switch it back outside. Sure enough, the storm blew over and the staff quickly set everything up outside. We started only 10 or 15 minutes late, and we had the outdoor wedding that we had dreamed about!
Catering by Uptown is an amazing 1 stop shop....they have it all!!! I was planning a wedding from several states away, and Read more...
Catering by Uptown is an amazing 1 stop shop....they have it all!!! I was planning a wedding from several states away, and Uptown made my life a lot of easier. We got our wedding site (The Waverly Mansion), food, cake, DJ, linens, day of coordinator, wedding arch, tables, chairs, uplighting, etc. I did not have to worry about renting or finding companies to take care of any of that. They helped us to select what fit our wedding tastes best and made it an night to remember or us and our guests. I still have guests raving about the food!

My only complaint is that you do not find out who your "Day of" person is until around 2 weeks before the wedding. I had several wonderful people, like Jeff and Rita, helping me with details and a million questions that I felt very comfortable with them. It would be nice to get friendly and comfortable with your assigned coordinator much earlier in the process. No matter what though, everyone on staff is extremely helpful and tries to do anything possible to make it perfect!

Our wedding was supposed to be outside and a storm rolled in 45 minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start. The staff set everything up in the tent but Glynis, our coordinator, assured me that she would wait until the last minute to make the call if we could switch it back outside. Sure enough, the storm blew over and the staff quickly set everything up outside. We started only 10 or 15 minutes late, and we had the outdoor wedding that we had dreamed about! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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natural bride
Wedding:
10/9/2010
4.7/5.0
We had our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay in Pasadena, MD. We also used their company for our catering (Catering by Uptown). We had our wedding 10/8/10- the weather was unbelievable that day. The sun was reflecting off of the water, the birds were chirping, and most of all our guest were smiling. We were able to use both facilites on this property- they are beautiful. The Ballroom tent is a nice place to have your reception the other ballroom is great for your ceremony because you have a beautiful view of the ocean. This was the perfect venue for us. I highly recommend Celebrations at the Bay in conjunction with Catering by Uptown.
We had our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay in Pasadena, MD. We also used their company for our catering (Catering by Read more...
We had our wedding at Celebrations at the Bay in Pasadena, MD. We also used their company for our catering (Catering by Uptown). We had our wedding 10/8/10- the weather was unbelievable that day. The sun was reflecting off of the water, the birds were chirping, and most of all our guest were smiling. We were able to use both facilites on this property- they are beautiful. The Ballroom tent is a nice place to have your reception the other ballroom is great for your ceremony because you have a beautiful view of the ocean. This was the perfect venue for us. I highly recommend Celebrations at the Bay in conjunction with Catering by Uptown. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Mrs. P
Wedding:
10/2/2010
4.7/5.0
My husband and I had the most beautiful wedding day at Celebrations! Everything went very smoothly, the food was amazing and we had tons of compliments from our guests. We even had guests say that it was the most elegant wedding they had ever been to! The only negative that I can say is that it is certainly a bit pricey. The staff is extremely friendly; it is unbelievable that every person working there can be that cheery all the time. I appreciated this, because I felt like I was always calling about some small thing or question.
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My husband and I had the most beautiful wedding day at Celebrations! Everything went very smoothly, the food was amazing and we had tons of compliments from our guests. We even had guests say that it was the most elegant wedding they had ever been to! The only negative that I can say is that it is certainly a bit pricey. The staff is extremely friendly; it is unbelievable that every person working there can be that cheery all the time. I appreciated this, because I felt like I was always calling about some small thing or question. Read less
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Happy Bride
Wedding:
6/4/2010
4.7/5.0
Our food at our wedding was AMAZING!! Everyone loved everything that they ate and no one left hungry (which was very important to us). They easily substituted items for some of our guests that did not eat red meat or seafood too which was just as delicious as the food we chose. We went to a great food tasting which assured we picked the perfect menu! We got married at Celebrations At The Bay which not only was beautiful with spectacular views (great for pictures) but it was a one stop shop. They had linens, china, food, cake, chairs.....it made it alot easier and convenient.
Our food at our wedding was AMAZING!! Everyone loved everything that they ate and no one left hungry (which was very Read more...
Our food at our wedding was AMAZING!! Everyone loved everything that they ate and no one left hungry (which was very important to us). They easily substituted items for some of our guests that did not eat red meat or seafood too which was just as delicious as the food we chose. We went to a great food tasting which assured we picked the perfect menu! We got married at Celebrations At The Bay which not only was beautiful with spectacular views (great for pictures) but it was a one stop shop. They had linens, china, food, cake, chairs.....it made it alot easier and convenient. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Carol
Wedding:
5/30/2010
4.7/5.0
Our guests loved the food, the staff was very professional and knowledgeable. We tlaked to many caterers, but once we met with Uptown, our decision was easy. They are full-service and took so much pressure off.
Our guests loved the food, the staff was very professional and knowledgeable. We tlaked to many caterers, but once we met Read more...
Our guests loved the food, the staff was very professional and knowledgeable. We tlaked to many caterers, but once we met with Uptown, our decision was easy. They are full-service and took so much pressure off. Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
10/5/2007
4.7/5.0
This was the vendor that made the whole thing feel like a piece of cake. They made my wedding day!
This was the vendor that made the whole thing feel like a piece of cake. They made my wedding day!
This was the vendor that made the whole thing feel like a piece of cake. They made my wedding day! Read less
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Christiana
Wedding:
4/17/2014
4.6/5.0
I recently had my ceremony and reception at Celebrations at the Bay in Pasadena. It was an amazing day!! Joanna and Blair were my day of coordinators and they were so very helpful and accommodating throughout the evening. The staff was efficient and very attentive! The price is a little on the high side but you pay for the beautiful view and all that you receive with the catering company (charvi chairs, lines, appetizers, main course, cake, etc.). I would definitely recommend this venue and catering company for anyone who wants a wedding on the water!!
I recently had my ceremony and reception at Celebrations at the Bay in Pasadena. It was an amazing day!! Joanna and Blair Read more...
I recently had my ceremony and reception at Celebrations at the Bay in Pasadena. It was an amazing day!! Joanna and Blair were my day of coordinators and they were so very helpful and accommodating throughout the evening. The staff was efficient and very attentive! The price is a little on the high side but you pay for the beautiful view and all that you receive with the catering company (charvi chairs, lines, appetizers, main course, cake, etc.). I would definitely recommend this venue and catering company for anyone who wants a wedding on the water!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Eric
Wedding:
3/20/2014
4.6/5.0
great Place Only Thing I Didn't Like Was The 300 Dollar Charge For A Rehearsal After Just SPending Allot Of Money To Have The Wedding. should Just Be Included
great Place Only Thing I Didn't Like Was The 300 Dollar Charge For A Rehearsal After Just SPending Allot Of Money To Have Read more...
great Place Only Thing I Didn't Like Was The 300 Dollar Charge For A Rehearsal After Just SPending Allot Of Money To Have The Wedding. should Just Be Included Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
3/16/2014
4.6/5.0
When we first stopped by Celebrations at the Bay we just wanted to see it and did not have an appointment. The owner, Bob, happened to be there and met with us anyway and we were hooked. Celebrations was wonderful in so many ways. They provided childcare at no additional charge during our ceremony so that we could have little ones at our party but no screaming during our vows. They allowed us to change our wedding date at no fee when we found out my now-husband (active duty Navy) was going to be unavailable due to his service on our original date. Most of the the staff was extremely friendly in all our interactions. There was one instance where there was some miscommunication between members of the planning team as to what the staff were and were not willing to do day of, but on our wedding day Joanna and her team took care of absolutely EVERYTHING! The wait staff were like Momma Bears who kept making sure we were eating and that we were taken care of every minute of the day. We could not thank everyone enough for making our day one to remember!
When we first stopped by Celebrations at the Bay we just wanted to see it and did not have an appointment. The owner, Bob, Read more...
When we first stopped by Celebrations at the Bay we just wanted to see it and did not have an appointment. The owner, Bob, happened to be there and met with us anyway and we were hooked. Celebrations was wonderful in so many ways. They provided childcare at no additional charge during our ceremony so that we could have little ones at our party but no screaming during our vows. They allowed us to change our wedding date at no fee when we found out my now-husband (active duty Navy) was going to be unavailable due to his service on our original date. Most of the the staff was extremely friendly in all our interactions. There was one instance where there was some miscommunication between members of the planning team as to what the staff were and were not willing to do day of, but on our wedding day Joanna and her team took care of absolutely EVERYTHING! The wait staff were like Momma Bears who kept making sure we were eating and that we were taken care of every minute of the day. We could not thank everyone enough for making our day one to remember! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
6/9/2012
4.6/5.0
Celebrations at the Bay is a beautiful venue and Catering by Uptown is a professional, wonderful catering company. Put the two together and you have a spectacular wedding. We had our ceremony off site, but the reception at Celebrations was wonderful. The appetizers were AMAZING and the staff was incredible. There are 1 or 2 little details that could should have been better (1 bartender for a wedding with 147 guests????), but once something was said about these details they were corrected almost immediately. The staff made sure everyone was satisfied the entire time and we had a ball. Beware, the owners take advantage of the venue being on the water and charge you a pretty penny just to use the venue...too pretty of a penny if you ask me. And I understand the 20% gratuity fee on the catering and bar, but a 20% gratuity fee on top of the venue rental fee too?? That's a bit of a rip that they don't disclose.
Celebrations at the Bay is a beautiful venue and Catering by Uptown is a professional, wonderful catering company. Put the Read more...
Celebrations at the Bay is a beautiful venue and Catering by Uptown is a professional, wonderful catering company. Put the two together and you have a spectacular wedding. We had our ceremony off site, but the reception at Celebrations was wonderful. The appetizers were AMAZING and the staff was incredible. There are 1 or 2 little details that could should have been better (1 bartender for a wedding with 147 guests????), but once something was said about these details they were corrected almost immediately. The staff made sure everyone was satisfied the entire time and we had a ball. Beware, the owners take advantage of the venue being on the water and charge you a pretty penny just to use the venue...too pretty of a penny if you ask me. And I understand the 20% gratuity fee on the catering and bar, but a 20% gratuity fee on top of the venue rental fee too?? That's a bit of a rip that they don't disclose. Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
9/4/2011
4.6/5.0
Anyone looking for a classy wedding event, this is the place. Me and my now husband couldn't have been more impressed with the service that we received for our wedding on 9/4/2011. Our guests loved everything. If fact, my sister-in-law said as she was driving into town this weekend for another wedding, that all she could think of was the food we had at our wedding. I just wish I could have gotten more of it, but as the bride you're the center of attention. However, the coordinators for our event brought us an appetizer plate during our dinner to enjoy. Also, since we were early to our reception and didn't want to be seen during the cocktail hour, we had our own special holding area for just the bridal party, we had our own server to get us drinks and some appetizers too. Our reception was held in the tent, which was gorgeous. The image that I had in my head truly came to life that evening. I can't say there were any negatives that night.
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Anyone looking for a classy wedding event, this is the place. Me and my now husband couldn't have been more impressed with the service that we received for our wedding on 9/4/2011. Our guests loved everything. If fact, my sister-in-law said as she was driving into town this weekend for another wedding, that all she could think of was the food we had at our wedding. I just wish I could have gotten more of it, but as the bride you're the center of attention. However, the coordinators for our event brought us an appetizer plate during our dinner to enjoy. Also, since we were early to our reception and didn't want to be seen during the cocktail hour, we had our own special holding area for just the bridal party, we had our own server to get us drinks and some appetizers too. Our reception was held in the tent, which was gorgeous. The image that I had in my head truly came to life that evening. I can't say there were any negatives that night. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jess
Wedding:
5/15/2011
4.6/5.0
This venue was absolutely beautiful! If you are willing to do a Sunday wedding, it is much more affordable, and you have a better chance at being the only wedding at the venue that day. This is what I did, and I would not have changed it for the world. The back-up plan for a rainy day is just as beautiful as the outdoor site, but thankfully we did not need to use it! They really do take command of everything, on the day of my wedding, all I really had to do was spend time with my girls getting ready and then walk down the aisle! They assign a day-of coordinator who makes sure everything goes off without a hitch. I had Jeff Ditter and he was great! There were some times during the planning process that I felt like my concerns were maybe not as important to them, but when I took a step back and really thought about, they have been doing this for a long time, planned lots of weddings, and know a whole lot more about it than me! So I could not really knock them much for that. I would definitely recommend this site to anyone looking for a nice outdoor waterfront venue!
This venue was absolutely beautiful! If you are willing to do a Sunday wedding, it is much more affordable, and you have a Read more...
This venue was absolutely beautiful! If you are willing to do a Sunday wedding, it is much more affordable, and you have a better chance at being the only wedding at the venue that day. This is what I did, and I would not have changed it for the world. The back-up plan for a rainy day is just as beautiful as the outdoor site, but thankfully we did not need to use it! They really do take command of everything, on the day of my wedding, all I really had to do was spend time with my girls getting ready and then walk down the aisle! They assign a day-of coordinator who makes sure everything goes off without a hitch. I had Jeff Ditter and he was great! There were some times during the planning process that I felt like my concerns were maybe not as important to them, but when I took a step back and really thought about, they have been doing this for a long time, planned lots of weddings, and know a whole lot more about it than me! So I could not really knock them much for that. I would definitely recommend this site to anyone looking for a nice outdoor waterfront venue! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
4/23/2011
4.6/5.0
I loved the two people I worked with most at Catering By Uptown (Peggi and Holland). They were kind, helpful, organized, professional, and full of good advice. What they said they would do, got done. They were a joy to work with.

Value for cost and flexibility did not receive full stars because, while we loved our venue, we wouldn't have been able to afford it if we hadn't moved the wedding up from Dec to April. The food was VERY good and we got lots of compliments, we really enjoyed all our tastings, of which there were several.

Flexibility - they've got a good system going and it works really well, you can tell bc when you suggest something a little bizarre or unique they kinda try to quickly talk you back into a more traditional box. I never felt that my vision wasn't realized but I definitely had to grind my teeth and smile once or twice while I waited to finish hearing why my idea wasn't REALLY what they normally do. I had this experience with ppl I only came in contact with once or twice - not the two women I worked with normally.

All in all - I felt I had complete control of planning and executing my day and that my happiness was truly cared about. When I finally had to hand over the reins and walk down the aisle and go to my party - Holland and Diane took control with steady hands. The timeline, etc., went perfectly as planned.
I loved the two people I worked with most at Catering By Uptown (Peggi and Holland). They were kind, helpful, organized, Read more...
I loved the two people I worked with most at Catering By Uptown (Peggi and Holland). They were kind, helpful, organized, professional, and full of good advice. What they said they would do, got done. They were a joy to work with.

Value for cost and flexibility did not receive full stars because, while we loved our venue, we wouldn't have been able to afford it if we hadn't moved the wedding up from Dec to April. The food was VERY good and we got lots of compliments, we really enjoyed all our tastings, of which there were several.

Flexibility - they've got a good system going and it works really well, you can tell bc when you suggest something a little bizarre or unique they kinda try to quickly talk you back into a more traditional box. I never felt that my vision wasn't realized but I definitely had to grind my teeth and smile once or twice while I waited to finish hearing why my idea wasn't REALLY what they normally do. I had this experience with ppl I only came in contact with once or twice - not the two women I worked with normally.

All in all - I felt I had complete control of planning and executing my day and that my happiness was truly cared about. When I finally had to hand over the reins and walk down the aisle and go to my party - Holland and Diane took control with steady hands. The timeline, etc., went perfectly as planned. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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LauraT25
Wedding:
9/10/2010
4.6/5.0
Our wedding at Celebrations turned out even better than we'd dreamed. It's a fabulous venue, and they really take care of a lot of details which made it worth the price, in my mind. I didn't have to hunt down rental companies, prepare prices on things like linens and glassware, and waste time and gas interviewing vendors and picking up various items. It was almost completely one-stop-shopping, and they will even recommend other vendors that aren't included (photographer, florist, and DJ/ceremony musicians are the big ones). We used their recommended musicians, Music Unlimited, and were able to meet with them and arrange our contract at the same time we did our tasting, which was really convenient.

We had a few special requests, and they were all accommodated. The day-of-coordination was extremely helpful; there were many details I hadn't thought of, and our DOC, Darcy, was there to handle it all. The only complaint I had was that in the beginning, before getting assigned to Darcy, it would sometimes take a very long time (if at all) to get e-mail responses, and often parts of my questions/e-mails were completely ignored, which was frustrating and required me to keep sending multiple e-mails. Once I brought it to Rob's attention, however, it was taken care of, so I felt like they dealt with the situation really professionally and I would recommend just bringing up any issues sooner rather than later, because they really do want everything to go as smoothly as possible.

I will write more about the catering aspect in a separate Catering by Uptown review, but I will say that everything was AMAZING. People kept telling me it was the best wedding food they'd ever tasted, and the same goes for the wedding cake (which was from Sugarbakers). The two vegetarians were also really happy with their meals, they said the food was excellent.
Our wedding at Celebrations turned out even better than we'd dreamed. It's a fabulous venue, and they really take care of Read more...
Our wedding at Celebrations turned out even better than we'd dreamed. It's a fabulous venue, and they really take care of a lot of details which made it worth the price, in my mind. I didn't have to hunt down rental companies, prepare prices on things like linens and glassware, and waste time and gas interviewing vendors and picking up various items. It was almost completely one-stop-shopping, and they will even recommend other vendors that aren't included (photographer, florist, and DJ/ceremony musicians are the big ones). We used their recommended musicians, Music Unlimited, and were able to meet with them and arrange our contract at the same time we did our tasting, which was really convenient.

We had a few special requests, and they were all accommodated. The day-of-coordination was extremely helpful; there were many details I hadn't thought of, and our DOC, Darcy, was there to handle it all. The only complaint I had was that in the beginning, before getting assigned to Darcy, it would sometimes take a very long time (if at all) to get e-mail responses, and often parts of my questions/e-mails were completely ignored, which was frustrating and required me to keep sending multiple e-mails. Once I brought it to Rob's attention, however, it was taken care of, so I felt like they dealt with the situation really professionally and I would recommend just bringing up any issues sooner rather than later, because they really do want everything to go as smoothly as possible.

I will write more about the catering aspect in a separate Catering by Uptown review, but I will say that everything was AMAZING. People kept telling me it was the best wedding food they'd ever tasted, and the same goes for the wedding cake (which was from Sugarbakers). The two vegetarians were also really happy with their meals, they said the food was excellent. Read less
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michellekovacs
Wedding:
6/19/2010
4.6/5.0
We fell in love with Celebrations the moment we saw it. The scenery is gorgeous and the food was incredible. Our day of coordinator wasn't the best but since everything was already in place it turned out fine. Our guests were stunned with the food options and the view. We are so happy we chose Celebrations.
We fell in love with Celebrations the moment we saw it. The scenery is gorgeous and the food was incredible. Our day of Read more...
We fell in love with Celebrations the moment we saw it. The scenery is gorgeous and the food was incredible. Our day of coordinator wasn't the best but since everything was already in place it turned out fine. Our guests were stunned with the food options and the view. We are so happy we chose Celebrations. Read less
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Katina
Wedding:
5/23/2010
4.6/5.0
I couldn't say enough great things about Celebrations! It was the perfect place for us to have a wedding. Given our busy schedules and the fact we didn't have a planner we loved the fact that they provide basically EVERYTHING for you in one location. So it made the planning process much easier for us.

When it came to the actual day of the wedding things went so smoothly and I didn't worry about a thing. All of our guest loved the venue and loved the food! The food was so good, especially the cake! I also really like how you can really make the space your own through the various options of linens and dinnerware they offer. The value for what you actually spend is amazing, people thought we spent more than we did, which is always great!

We love Bob, the owner; he was great to work with! His kids are also great and all the employees there really do their best to make this day everything you hope it to be and make it as stress free as possible! The coordinators we worked with, Lana and Ashley, were AMAZING!!!

I would highly recommend Celebrations as a venue if you are looking for a one stop shop type of place, and I'd recommend Catering by Uptown if you book somewhere else, because the food is really good.
I couldn't say enough great things about Celebrations! It was the perfect place for us to have a wedding. Given our busy Read more...
I couldn't say enough great things about Celebrations! It was the perfect place for us to have a wedding. Given our busy schedules and the fact we didn't have a planner we loved the fact that they provide basically EVERYTHING for you in one location. So it made the planning process much easier for us.

When it came to the actual day of the wedding things went so smoothly and I didn't worry about a thing. All of our guest loved the venue and loved the food! The food was so good, especially the cake! I also really like how you can really make the space your own through the various options of linens and dinnerware they offer. The value for what you actually spend is amazing, people thought we spent more than we did, which is always great!

We love Bob, the owner; he was great to work with! His kids are also great and all the employees there really do their best to make this day everything you hope it to be and make it as stress free as possible! The coordinators we worked with, Lana and Ashley, were AMAZING!!!

I would highly recommend Celebrations as a venue if you are looking for a one stop shop type of place, and I'd recommend Catering by Uptown if you book somewhere else, because the food is really good. Read less
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amy
Wedding:
5/24/2009
4.6/5.0
The staff was friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful! We used several of their recommended vendors and were very pleased.
The staff was friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful! We used several of their recommended vendors and were very Read more...
The staff was friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful! We used several of their recommended vendors and were very pleased. Read less
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Tracy
Wedding:
10/25/2008
4.6/5.0
Loved these guys. Because they deal with wedding planning all day every day, I was a bit worried that I didn't have all of the details sketched out with them three months before the big day. But they were cool as cucumbers (I worked mostly with Jeff and Alison) and provided me with everything that I needed for my 150+ guests. I liked that it was a one-stop shop and provided the catering, linens, china, chairs as well as the facility. They have two separate facilities onsite and I like one room in each of the facilities (one for the cocktail hour - the other for the reception). They were flexibile and allowed me to have the rooms that I wanted - and provided a signature cocktail as well as allowed me to make some changes to the alcohol list. On the day of - I had no worries and was taken care of. With all that they took care of, I think that it made sense to do the one-stop site rental.
Loved these guys. Because they deal with wedding planning all day every day, I was a bit worried that I didn't have all of Read more...
Loved these guys. Because they deal with wedding planning all day every day, I was a bit worried that I didn't have all of the details sketched out with them three months before the big day. But they were cool as cucumbers (I worked mostly with Jeff and Alison) and provided me with everything that I needed for my 150+ guests. I liked that it was a one-stop shop and provided the catering, linens, china, chairs as well as the facility. They have two separate facilities onsite and I like one room in each of the facilities (one for the cocktail hour - the other for the reception). They were flexibile and allowed me to have the rooms that I wanted - and provided a signature cocktail as well as allowed me to make some changes to the alcohol list. On the day of - I had no worries and was taken care of. With all that they took care of, I think that it made sense to do the one-stop site rental. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Megan
Wedding:
10/10/2008
4.6/5.0
Uptown did everything perfectly! They include everything from linens to the cake to votives to a dual entree so you are not nickle-and-dimed after you a sign your contract. The food was absolutely delicious and they were so easy to work with.
Uptown did everything perfectly! They include everything from linens to the cake to votives to a dual entree so you are Read more...
Uptown did everything perfectly! They include everything from linens to the cake to votives to a dual entree so you are not nickle-and-dimed after you a sign your contract. The food was absolutely delicious and they were so easy to work with. Read less
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myangl1999
Wedding:
6/14/2008
4.6/5.0
This place is absolutely beautiful and the food is amazing but I think it's a bit expensive..
This place is absolutely beautiful and the food is amazing but I think it's a bit expensive..
This place is absolutely beautiful and the food is amazing but I think it's a bit expensive.. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
10/2/2011
4.5/5.0
I am so happy that we chose Celebrations at the Bay for our wedding! It is such a beautiful, classy venue without the stuffy feel I got from some other places in the area. Our day-of-coordinator, Emily, was the best!!! Once she came into the picture, I felt totally at ease because I knew she would do anything to make sure our day was perfect. I gave a little lower score on responsiveness because in the planning process I had to wait awhile sometimes to get responses to emails. But once Emily came into the picture I never had to wait long for a response. I got tons of compliments on the food and felt totally taken care of by the staff. They set up everything just like I wanted. There were a few glitches but that's to be expected - nothing major. I would definitely recommend this venue if you're looking for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony. We had our reception in the Chesapeake Ballroom and it was really intimate and cozy. We loved it!!!
I am so happy that we chose Celebrations at the Bay for our wedding! It is such a beautiful, classy venue without the Read more...
I am so happy that we chose Celebrations at the Bay for our wedding! It is such a beautiful, classy venue without the stuffy feel I got from some other places in the area. Our day-of-coordinator, Emily, was the best!!! Once she came into the picture, I felt totally at ease because I knew she would do anything to make sure our day was perfect. I gave a little lower score on responsiveness because in the planning process I had to wait awhile sometimes to get responses to emails. But once Emily came into the picture I never had to wait long for a response. I got tons of compliments on the food and felt totally taken care of by the staff. They set up everything just like I wanted. There were a few glitches but that's to be expected - nothing major. I would definitely recommend this venue if you're looking for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony. We had our reception in the Chesapeake Ballroom and it was really intimate and cozy. We loved it!!! Read less
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Renee
Wedding:
9/10/2011
4.5/5.0
Excellent in almost all regards! The venue was absolutely gorgeous and we are still receiving compliments to this day. Communication with clients is the one aspect that could have been improved.
Excellent in almost all regards! The venue was absolutely gorgeous and we are still receiving compliments to this day. Read more...
Excellent in almost all regards! The venue was absolutely gorgeous and we are still receiving compliments to this day. Communication with clients is the one aspect that could have been improved. Read less
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drewandrobbin
Wedding:
5/2/2010
4.5/5.0
Uptown did a great job at our wedding. The only disappointment I had was that the chicken Marsala tasted nothing like what we experienced at our initial tasting. Other than that, they were well organized and our wedding went well.
Uptown did a great job at our wedding. The only disappointment I had was that the chicken Marsala tasted nothing like what Read more...
Uptown did a great job at our wedding. The only disappointment I had was that the chicken Marsala tasted nothing like what we experienced at our initial tasting. Other than that, they were well organized and our wedding went well. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Valerie
Wedding:
9/6/2008
4.5/5.0
I would definitely recommend Celebrations. The view is outstanding (even in the hurricane). People are still raving about the food and the service. It's a bit pricey, but definitely lives up to their reputation. My daughter and all our guests had a great time.
I would definitely recommend Celebrations. The view is outstanding (even in the hurricane). People are still raving about Read more...
I would definitely recommend Celebrations. The view is outstanding (even in the hurricane). People are still raving about the food and the service. It's a bit pricey, but definitely lives up to their reputation. My daughter and all our guests had a great time. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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mooshoo72
Wedding:
9/1/2008
4.5/5.0
Celebrations at the Bay really is a pretty venue! We had our wedding on the tent side and the sky was an amazingly beautiful shade of blue for all of our photos, especially during the ceremony. The food was also delicious and I got good reviews from my guests on that aspect. My favorite person there was Eileen LaPlanche, who even though she wasn't our official coordinator, was super helpful and a true delight to work with. It was also nice to have a large package deal, with linens, chairs, ceremony site, and wedding cake all wrapped up in one. That just meant there were less vendors for me to deal with! They also were very flexible on that package. For instance, I didn't want the chocolate fountain so they were able to switch that out for an assortment of fruit pies instead.

However, there were some things that were less than stellar. They lost our tripod that we brought in only the day before and didn't seem to care about replacing it. We also asked for specific substitutions on the menu that didn't get carried through while certain other things did. For example, my husband doesn't like asparagus, so we asked for green beans instead. Nope. But we did get the bar stocked with the Coors Light that we asked for.. Overall, I had a good experience, but for the price, the service could have been better. I would recommend with caution. Make sure you assert your preferences loudly.
Celebrations at the Bay really is a pretty venue! We had our wedding on the tent side and the sky was an amazingly Read more...
Celebrations at the Bay really is a pretty venue! We had our wedding on the tent side and the sky was an amazingly beautiful shade of blue for all of our photos, especially during the ceremony. The food was also delicious and I got good reviews from my guests on that aspect. My favorite person there was Eileen LaPlanche, who even though she wasn't our official coordinator, was super helpful and a true delight to work with. It was also nice to have a large package deal, with linens, chairs, ceremony site, and wedding cake all wrapped up in one. That just meant there were less vendors for me to deal with! They also were very flexible on that package. For instance, I didn't want the chocolate fountain so they were able to switch that out for an assortment of fruit pies instead.

However, there were some things that were less than stellar. They lost our tripod that we brought in only the day before and didn't seem to care about replacing it. We also asked for specific substitutions on the menu that didn't get carried through while certain other things did. For example, my husband doesn't like asparagus, so we asked for green beans instead. Nope. But we did get the bar stocked with the Coors Light that we asked for.. Overall, I had a good experience, but for the price, the service could have been better. I would recommend with caution. Make sure you assert your preferences loudly. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/29/2012
4.4/5.0
The good: Celebrations at the Bay is an absolutely beautiful venue. We loved being on the water, and so did our guests. We lucked out that no one booked the other side of the venue on our day, so we got both sides for the price of one. The staff the day-of was excellent, especially Glynnis. They kept things moving, set things up beautifully, made sure the bridal party had food, drinks, and everything else we needed, and were on top of their game. They even extended the party by 15 minutes since we were running late! The food was delicious and the drinks were plentiful.

The bad: Pre-wedding planning was difficult – they ask you to email a general email address for all inquiries after you book, until the 5-week mark, when they give you an actual person’s email address. When I emailed the general email address, I would often wait a week, and have to forward my question again and sometimes copy someone higher up to get an answer. It seems like they don’t really care about you until you are 5 weeks out. After the 5-week mark, Stephanie helped me to finalize the details of our wedding and was pretty responsive to my emails.

The tastings that they hold are big and there are too many people and too much going on to make many decisions, but they had a lot of options of tablecloths etc. to choose from.

Overall, I would recommend Planning By Uptown, just know what you’re getting into.
The good: Celebrations at the Bay is an absolutely beautiful venue. We loved being on the water, and so did our guests. We Read more...
The good: Celebrations at the Bay is an absolutely beautiful venue. We loved being on the water, and so did our guests. We lucked out that no one booked the other side of the venue on our day, so we got both sides for the price of one. The staff the day-of was excellent, especially Glynnis. They kept things moving, set things up beautifully, made sure the bridal party had food, drinks, and everything else we needed, and were on top of their game. They even extended the party by 15 minutes since we were running late! The food was delicious and the drinks were plentiful.

The bad: Pre-wedding planning was difficult – they ask you to email a general email address for all inquiries after you book, until the 5-week mark, when they give you an actual person’s email address. When I emailed the general email address, I would often wait a week, and have to forward my question again and sometimes copy someone higher up to get an answer. It seems like they don’t really care about you until you are 5 weeks out. After the 5-week mark, Stephanie helped me to finalize the details of our wedding and was pretty responsive to my emails.

The tastings that they hold are big and there are too many people and too much going on to make many decisions, but they had a lot of options of tablecloths etc. to choose from.

Overall, I would recommend Planning By Uptown, just know what you’re getting into. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Rachel
Wedding:
7/14/2012
4.4/5.0
Wonderful service and very on top of things!! My only complaint is that the food for my dinner was very dry and not very flavorful, but my guests tell me that the food at the cocktail hour was wonderful. Let's hope they filled up then!!
Sarah and Victoria were great to work with!! I was able to talk through everything with them and that definitely eased my nerves. Having your caterer and your day-of coordinator in one service is very nice!
Wonderful service and very on top of things!! My only complaint is that the food for my dinner was very dry and not very Read more...
Wonderful service and very on top of things!! My only complaint is that the food for my dinner was very dry and not very flavorful, but my guests tell me that the food at the cocktail hour was wonderful. Let's hope they filled up then!!
Sarah and Victoria were great to work with!! I was able to talk through everything with them and that definitely eased my nerves. Having your caterer and your day-of coordinator in one service is very nice! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Rachel
Wedding:
6/27/2010
4.4/5.0
We recently got married and used Catering By Uptown. They have a brand new facility, The Anchor Inn, that is absolutely breathtaking! When my husband and I originally saw it, they had just gutted it out, and therefore we were lucky enough to get a good discount on the rental. When I arrived the day of our wedding, I was very impressed with the work they had done. It was prettier than I had expected.
The food was awesome, and everyone loved it! Make sure you get the crabcakes as one of your entrees! Let me just say, no one walked away hungry! They really do serve tons of food - and it is all very delicious! Darcy was our day of coordiantor and she did a wonderful job! She made sure that everthing went smoothly and we were where we were supposed to be at the right times (cutting cake, etc..)
Something that I did not know was that they charge tax and a 20% service fee on the rental. That really increased the finally price. Catering By Uptown is expensive, but our wedding was awesome thanks to them. We had a few hiccups throughout the planning, but my questions were answered quickly and professionally. Rob, one of the owners, was more than willing to do anything to make our day special, including adding premium liquor at no extra charge. If I had to do it again, I would def choose CBU. I would just be more careful about the added fees. Overall, we were very impressed with them!
We recently got married and used Catering By Uptown. They have a brand new facility, The Anchor Inn, that is absolutely Read more...
We recently got married and used Catering By Uptown. They have a brand new facility, The Anchor Inn, that is absolutely breathtaking! When my husband and I originally saw it, they had just gutted it out, and therefore we were lucky enough to get a good discount on the rental. When I arrived the day of our wedding, I was very impressed with the work they had done. It was prettier than I had expected.
The food was awesome, and everyone loved it! Make sure you get the crabcakes as one of your entrees! Let me just say, no one walked away hungry! They really do serve tons of food - and it is all very delicious! Darcy was our day of coordiantor and she did a wonderful job! She made sure that everthing went smoothly and we were where we were supposed to be at the right times (cutting cake, etc..)
Something that I did not know was that they charge tax and a 20% service fee on the rental. That really increased the finally price. Catering By Uptown is expensive, but our wedding was awesome thanks to them. We had a few hiccups throughout the planning, but my questions were answered quickly and professionally. Rob, one of the owners, was more than willing to do anything to make our day special, including adding premium liquor at no extra charge. If I had to do it again, I would def choose CBU. I would just be more careful about the added fees. Overall, we were very impressed with them! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Thirtysomething Bride
Wedding:
10/16/2009
4.4/5.0
The owner Rob was very responsive when I wasn't getting answers quickly from my planner Lynn. The linens and chargers are absolutely beautiful. Lynn did a fantastic job on the flowers and decor and we were very pleased with everything overall.
The owner Rob was very responsive when I wasn't getting answers quickly from my planner Lynn. The linens and chargers are Read more...
The owner Rob was very responsive when I wasn't getting answers quickly from my planner Lynn. The linens and chargers are absolutely beautiful. Lynn did a fantastic job on the flowers and decor and we were very pleased with everything overall. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Nikki
Wedding:
11/11/2011
4.3/5.0
I fell in love with Celebrations as soon as I came and toured the place. The view is amazing and great for photos. But as soon as I signed my name on the dotted line then that’s when I started having trouble with them. Several things happened throughout the process that I was not at all happy with. Jeff (my wedding coordinator) did a great job sorting out the issue that had happened. One big issue that happened Rob (the owner) actually had to personally call me to make sure everything was ok. When the issued happened I really wanted to break my contract because I was so upset, but my family members kept telling me to stay with them.
Another thing that was disconcerning was the payment. I had to pay for some last minute guest and the week of the wedding, I had to pay with a certified check or cash. I asked if I could pay them after the wedding and they said “NO.” so I had to go and withdraw almost a thousand dollars out. Overall, my wedding day turned out really nice and the food was amazing. We both had positive responses about how everything turned out so wonderful. A month later guest are still complementing of how wonderful everything was.
I fell in love with Celebrations as soon as I came and toured the place. The view is amazing and great for photos. But as Read more...
I fell in love with Celebrations as soon as I came and toured the place. The view is amazing and great for photos. But as soon as I signed my name on the dotted line then that’s when I started having trouble with them. Several things happened throughout the process that I was not at all happy with. Jeff (my wedding coordinator) did a great job sorting out the issue that had happened. One big issue that happened Rob (the owner) actually had to personally call me to make sure everything was ok. When the issued happened I really wanted to break my contract because I was so upset, but my family members kept telling me to stay with them.
Another thing that was disconcerning was the payment. I had to pay for some last minute guest and the week of the wedding, I had to pay with a certified check or cash. I asked if I could pay them after the wedding and they said “NO.” so I had to go and withdraw almost a thousand dollars out. Overall, my wedding day turned out really nice and the food was amazing. We both had positive responses about how everything turned out so wonderful. A month later guest are still complementing of how wonderful everything was. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Julie
Wedding:
10/9/2011
4.3/5.0
First, you need to understand that Catering by Uptown is a catering company that offers several different venues, one of which is Celebrations at the Bay. So I'm reviewing both the venue and all arrangements associated with that, as well as the food provided by Uptown. I give them 5 stars for flexibility, as we had several special requests that they willingly accommodated. Once you book them, all of your contact goes through their Planning Department, which is made up of a complete staff. All of them are very responsive, professional, and pleasant to work with. I think they are a little pricey as far as what you get for the cost, but the food was good and the quality of the service was top notch. The only reason I gave a less than 5 star rating for quality of service was due to the wedding coordinator that they assigned to us. She was very inexperienced and, in my opinion, should never have been assigned the responsibility of overseeing such an important event.

But let's begin with the positives. Up until about a week before our wedding, the customer service was top notch. Our initial meeting with Darcy was very informative and she was most helpful in getting our contract in place to secure the Celebrations Ballroom for our desired date and time. Once we were “booked”, and we began working with the Planning Department, I always received prompt replies, regardless of who responded -- be it Ashley, Jeff, or Emily. They were all very pleasant to work with, and helpful in answering my numerous questions and arranging all of the special details that we had requested at our wedding. In particular, Jeff helped us work out the details regarding the specific brand of wine and beers that we requested. And Emily helped to resolve a misunderstanding the week before the wedding with regard to dropping off items for the reception several days prior to the wedding, to be stored there until the wedding. She also helped to resolve the logistical problem with the florist and arranged it so that she could arrive earlier than typically allowed.

On the day of the wedding, everything did run relatively smoothly, with a few exceptions. The food was great and the cake was delicious. We arranged the cake through Uptown and they use Sugarbakers. They did a fabulous job. Though, I might mention that it was not the style of cake that I had requested. Fortunately, I cared less about the cake than other aspects of our reception, so it's not a big deal. It was still beautiful and everyone raved about the flavors (they did get that part right). All of the bar and coffee station details were exactly as we requested – a special thank you goes to Jeff for arranging everything perfectly.

Unfortunately, there were two things that disappointed me. 1) the “day of” coordinator that was assigned to us, Stephanie, was not as helpful. And 2) we’re finding out that some of the cards and/or gifts that were left at the gift table that evening were either lost in transit after the reception or stolen when no one was looking. I’m inclined to believe it was the latter, as I had two responsible people assigned to transport the cards and gifts that evening.

I realize that’s a risk we take at events like this, but I would’ve hoped that the wedding coordinator they assigned to us would have been more aware of what was going on. I’m not suggesting that it was her fault entirely, but I will say that it appeared that she was very new at the job and was floundering the entire evening. Personally, I don’t think she was ready to be a primary point of contact for an important event like a wedding.

In fact, she offered more resistance than assistance that evening. I had been in contact with her about two weeks prior to the wedding and was trying to arrange a date and time that I could deliver the items for the reception (as I had already received prior approval to do so). After some resistance, and intervention from other planning department staff (i.e. Emily), Stephanie agreed to meet me on the Wednesday evening prior to our Sunday wedding.

I also discovered, after the wedding, that she apparently gave my florist a hard time about arriving “too early”, even though I had prior approval for the florist to arrive much earlier than usual, because of the unique situation we were in. She also was very uncooperative with my DJ, Santana Hahn, of Santana Entertainment. Stephanie was more interested in doing things “by the book” than trying to work harmoniously with the DJ to pull off a successful wedding reception. I had already gone over the wedding day schedule with the DJ, in depth, and she was aware of the timing of how the evening was going to flow. I sent a copy to Stephanie so that she would also be aware.

I could go on with several examples of why I was less than pleased with our day of coordinator, but suffice it to say that her inexperience was obvious. I was able to mediate the issues that arose that evening but, a younger bride, who perhaps expects everything to go perfectly, might have been frazzled by the way it was so poorly handled.

Overall, I am still very happy with our decision to hold our wedding ceremony and reception at Celebrations at the Bay. It is a beautiful venue, clean and well kept, and wait staff were pleasant and very accommodating. Keep in mind, though, that you and your wedding party cannot arrive more than an hour before your wedding, which makes it impossible for your photographer to get the shots he needs prior to the ceremony. I would also advise you to demand someone other than Stephanie if they try to assign her as your "day of coordinator". Also, demand that they move the gift table to a location inside the ballroom or tent (there are two reception locations at that venue) so that it can at least be monitored by family and friends, if not by the day-of coordinator.

Speaking of the two reception sites – be aware that you will likely have another wedding reception going on at the other site at the same time. They do a good job at making sure you hardly know that anyone is on the other side but, it will affect your ability to have photos taken on the pier. So if you’re looking for a very private reception, this may not be the place for you. The beautiful setting and view of the Bay, however, is worth that minor inconvenience.
First, you need to understand that Catering by Uptown is a catering company that offers several different venues, one of Read more...
First, you need to understand that Catering by Uptown is a catering company that offers several different venues, one of which is Celebrations at the Bay. So I'm reviewing both the venue and all arrangements associated with that, as well as the food provided by Uptown. I give them 5 stars for flexibility, as we had several special requests that they willingly accommodated. Once you book them, all of your contact goes through their Planning Department, which is made up of a complete staff. All of them are very responsive, professional, and pleasant to work with. I think they are a little pricey as far as what you get for the cost, but the food was good and the quality of the service was top notch. The only reason I gave a less than 5 star rating for quality of service was due to the wedding coordinator that they assigned to us. She was very inexperienced and, in my opinion, should never have been assigned the responsibility of overseeing such an important event.

But let's begin with the positives. Up until about a week before our wedding, the customer service was top notch. Our initial meeting with Darcy was very informative and she was most helpful in getting our contract in place to secure the Celebrations Ballroom for our desired date and time. Once we were “booked”, and we began working with the Planning Department, I always received prompt replies, regardless of who responded -- be it Ashley, Jeff, or Emily. They were all very pleasant to work with, and helpful in answering my numerous questions and arranging all of the special details that we had requested at our wedding. In particular, Jeff helped us work out the details regarding the specific brand of wine and beers that we requested. And Emily helped to resolve a misunderstanding the week before the wedding with regard to dropping off items for the reception several days prior to the wedding, to be stored there until the wedding. She also helped to resolve the logistical problem with the florist and arranged it so that she could arrive earlier than typically allowed.

On the day of the wedding, everything did run relatively smoothly, with a few exceptions. The food was great and the cake was delicious. We arranged the cake through Uptown and they use Sugarbakers. They did a fabulous job. Though, I might mention that it was not the style of cake that I had requested. Fortunately, I cared less about the cake than other aspects of our reception, so it's not a big deal. It was still beautiful and everyone raved about the flavors (they did get that part right). All of the bar and coffee station details were exactly as we requested – a special thank you goes to Jeff for arranging everything perfectly.

Unfortunately, there were two things that disappointed me. 1) the “day of” coordinator that was assigned to us, Stephanie, was not as helpful. And 2) we’re finding out that some of the cards and/or gifts that were left at the gift table that evening were either lost in transit after the reception or stolen when no one was looking. I’m inclined to believe it was the latter, as I had two responsible people assigned to transport the cards and gifts that evening.

I realize that’s a risk we take at events like this, but I would’ve hoped that the wedding coordinator they assigned to us would have been more aware of what was going on. I’m not suggesting that it was her fault entirely, but I will say that it appeared that she was very new at the job and was floundering the entire evening. Personally, I don’t think she was ready to be a primary point of contact for an important event like a wedding.

In fact, she offered more resistance than assistance that evening. I had been in contact with her about two weeks prior to the wedding and was trying to arrange a date and time that I could deliver the items for the reception (as I had already received prior approval to do so). After some resistance, and intervention from other planning department staff (i.e. Emily), Stephanie agreed to meet me on the Wednesday evening prior to our Sunday wedding.

I also discovered, after the wedding, that she apparently gave my florist a hard time about arriving “too early”, even though I had prior approval for the florist to arrive much earlier than usual, because of the unique situation we were in. She also was very uncooperative with my DJ, Santana Hahn, of Santana Entertainment. Stephanie was more interested in doing things “by the book” than trying to work harmoniously with the DJ to pull off a successful wedding reception. I had already gone over the wedding day schedule with the DJ, in depth, and she was aware of the timing of how the evening was going to flow. I sent a copy to Stephanie so that she would also be aware.

I could go on with several examples of why I was less than pleased with our day of coordinator, but suffice it to say that her inexperience was obvious. I was able to mediate the issues that arose that evening but, a younger bride, who perhaps expects everything to go perfectly, might have been frazzled by the way it was so poorly handled.

Overall, I am still very happy with our decision to hold our wedding ceremony and reception at Celebrations at the Bay. It is a beautiful venue, clean and well kept, and wait staff were pleasant and very accommodating. Keep in mind, though, that you and your wedding party cannot arrive more than an hour before your wedding, which makes it impossible for your photographer to get the shots he needs prior to the ceremony. I would also advise you to demand someone other than Stephanie if they try to assign her as your "day of coordinator". Also, demand that they move the gift table to a location inside the ballroom or tent (there are two reception locations at that venue) so that it can at least be monitored by family and friends, if not by the day-of coordinator.

Speaking of the two reception sites – be aware that you will likely have another wedding reception going on at the other site at the same time. They do a good job at making sure you hardly know that anyone is on the other side but, it will affect your ability to have photos taken on the pier. So if you’re looking for a very private reception, this may not be the place for you. The beautiful setting and view of the Bay, however, is worth that minor inconvenience. Read less
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Amanda Tisler
Wedding:
5/14/2011
4.3/5.0
The food was fantastic and as an all inclusive caterer (food/personelle/tables/linens/bar) they made our decision easy. While it was easy to contact them with questions and set-up issues I found it a little uneasy that we did not meet the person who was to handle our day of planning until a few days before the wedding. We thought that the person we had been talking to and plannign things with for the year we were planning, Jeff, was going to handle everything, and while he was there at the wedding he left after the ceremony and turned it over to Emily. Emily was very friendly and fun to talk to, but even after going over placement of certain items in the few days before the wedding things still managed to eb mis-placed. A picture frame ended up propped up on a table, rather than on an floor standing easel as planned. Also, the box meant for cards which should have been placed at the front door was not. Somehow it ended up in the Cocktail hour space, where people did not quite know what it was for. I'm not sure if it was the staff, our slightly awkward centerpieces or lack of timing, but our cocktail hour ran long by 20 minutes. None of my guests even noticed because the venue (Walters Art Museum) was so wonderfully entertaining and the appetizers serviced by the caterer were so deliciously wonderful. So I have no real complaints. The space did end up looking amazing thanks to Catering by Uptown. The linens were exactly what we wanted and they were able to find chairs in the color we wanted. Even amidst a few mishaps, they were a pleasure to work with and it was still the most magical night ever.
x - Amanda Tisler
The food was fantastic and as an all inclusive caterer (food/personelle/tables/linens/bar) they made our decision easy. Read more...
The food was fantastic and as an all inclusive caterer (food/personelle/tables/linens/bar) they made our decision easy. While it was easy to contact them with questions and set-up issues I found it a little uneasy that we did not meet the person who was to handle our day of planning until a few days before the wedding. We thought that the person we had been talking to and plannign things with for the year we were planning, Jeff, was going to handle everything, and while he was there at the wedding he left after the ceremony and turned it over to Emily. Emily was very friendly and fun to talk to, but even after going over placement of certain items in the few days before the wedding things still managed to eb mis-placed. A picture frame ended up propped up on a table, rather than on an floor standing easel as planned. Also, the box meant for cards which should have been placed at the front door was not. Somehow it ended up in the Cocktail hour space, where people did not quite know what it was for. I'm not sure if it was the staff, our slightly awkward centerpieces or lack of timing, but our cocktail hour ran long by 20 minutes. None of my guests even noticed because the venue (Walters Art Museum) was so wonderfully entertaining and the appetizers serviced by the caterer were so deliciously wonderful. So I have no real complaints. The space did end up looking amazing thanks to Catering by Uptown. The linens were exactly what we wanted and they were able to find chairs in the color we wanted. Even amidst a few mishaps, they were a pleasure to work with and it was still the most magical night ever.
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Angela
Wedding:
9/28/2013
4.2/5.0
The location is beautiful and it was exactly what I was looking for on my wedding day. I also liked that my ceremony and reception were at one location and that they took care of a lot of items-linens, china, tables and chairs, catering, and cake were all included in the price. Our day of coordinator was also great and very attentive the day of. In fact, everything the day of was wonderful and I couldn't have asked for a better day. As other reviews have pointed out, the planning process was not flawless. You do not have an individual planner and so e-mails to the planning department can be answered by any number of people. We found that this sometimes resulted with things not being added to our file or lost in translation. We didn't even find out who our coordinator was until a couple days before the event and it kept changing each time I talked to them the week of. It made me very nervous leading up to the day of, but as I said, it all somehow came together wonderfully.
The location is beautiful and it was exactly what I was looking for on my wedding day. I also liked that my ceremony and Read more...
The location is beautiful and it was exactly what I was looking for on my wedding day. I also liked that my ceremony and reception were at one location and that they took care of a lot of items-linens, china, tables and chairs, catering, and cake were all included in the price. Our day of coordinator was also great and very attentive the day of. In fact, everything the day of was wonderful and I couldn't have asked for a better day. As other reviews have pointed out, the planning process was not flawless. You do not have an individual planner and so e-mails to the planning department can be answered by any number of people. We found that this sometimes resulted with things not being added to our file or lost in translation. We didn't even find out who our coordinator was until a couple days before the event and it kept changing each time I talked to them the week of. It made me very nervous leading up to the day of, but as I said, it all somehow came together wonderfully. Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
7/21/2012
4.2/5.0
We chose Catering by Uptown because of their beautiful, perfect venue Anchor Inn and my parent's experience at a wedding they catered. Leading up to the wedding, everyone was so helpful. They really are a full service caterer, and I loved working with Stephanie in the planning department to decide on all the details of our day. She had lots of helpful advice and felt like she could make anything happen for us. The food was spectacular. Our guests couldn't stop talking about the lobster bisque martinis! I was also very happy to hear that the passed hors d'oeuvres were very readily available and everyone was able to try everything. The waiters and bartender were very fun, friendly, and helpful. During set up, they offered to help my aunts by folding napkins (and even taught them how to do it!) and placing decorations around the venue. They were very helpful during clean-up as well and saved my family a ton of time. Our day-of coordinator was helpful when it came to making sure we had food and drinks during the cocktail hour and throughout the night, but I'd still highly recommend a separate day-of coordinator to ensure that all of the little details are correct since we didn't meet our Catering by Uptown coordinator until the day of the wedding. She was busy at another event on the day of our rehearsal, so we didn’t get to meet her then. As a result, some of the changes we made at our rehearsal or didn't think to have down on paper wouldn't have been done unless we had someone else who'd been working with us all along. As long as you have your own day-of coordinator, I’d highly, HIGHLY recommend Catering by Uptown for their beautiful venue, excellent food, and friendly staff!
We chose Catering by Uptown because of their beautiful, perfect venue Anchor Inn and my parent's experience at a wedding Read more...
We chose Catering by Uptown because of their beautiful, perfect venue Anchor Inn and my parent's experience at a wedding they catered. Leading up to the wedding, everyone was so helpful. They really are a full service caterer, and I loved working with Stephanie in the planning department to decide on all the details of our day. She had lots of helpful advice and felt like she could make anything happen for us. The food was spectacular. Our guests couldn't stop talking about the lobster bisque martinis! I was also very happy to hear that the passed hors d'oeuvres were very readily available and everyone was able to try everything. The waiters and bartender were very fun, friendly, and helpful. During set up, they offered to help my aunts by folding napkins (and even taught them how to do it!) and placing decorations around the venue. They were very helpful during clean-up as well and saved my family a ton of time. Our day-of coordinator was helpful when it came to making sure we had food and drinks during the cocktail hour and throughout the night, but I'd still highly recommend a separate day-of coordinator to ensure that all of the little details are correct since we didn't meet our Catering by Uptown coordinator until the day of the wedding. She was busy at another event on the day of our rehearsal, so we didn’t get to meet her then. As a result, some of the changes we made at our rehearsal or didn't think to have down on paper wouldn't have been done unless we had someone else who'd been working with us all along. As long as you have your own day-of coordinator, I’d highly, HIGHLY recommend Catering by Uptown for their beautiful venue, excellent food, and friendly staff! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Angela
Wedding:
1/20/2012
4.2/5.0
We have recieved so many compliments on how delicious the food tasted and how amazing the presentation was. With the provided day of coordinator, it took the stress away of what should be happening next. During the planning process, the only part that made it more difficult was you can only meet with them during working hours and being right off the beltway made getting there challenging.
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We have recieved so many compliments on how delicious the food tasted and how amazing the presentation was. With the provided day of coordinator, it took the stress away of what should be happening next. During the planning process, the only part that made it more difficult was you can only meet with them during working hours and being right off the beltway made getting there challenging. Read less
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Carley
Wedding:
5/13/2011
4.2/5.0
Overall I had a good experience with Catering by Uptown, and I would definitely say that the highlight was the quality of the food. There was a ton of it and everything I had was incredibly tasty and also well-presented. A summary of the ups and downs of my experience:

- Through email we arranged to meet Jeff during a window of a couple of days I was in the area (I live in CA) but the details were confused and the meeting didn't happen. Luckily they were able to schedule a last-minute tasting for the following day, but I was a bit worried that if the meeting details could get overlooked that our reception details might be tougher to juggle.

- Emily was the first person we met with and she was incredibly friendly and genuine, not at all a salesperson or fake with enthusiasm about our wedding.

- I know it's not uncommon, but I don't like how their contract is set up to determine a number of guests so far in advance, without the option to decrease the number if plans change later. We ended up paying for at least 15 more people than actually were able to attend. Obviously the moral of the story would be to aim super low in the first place, but it's very inflexible for a caterer to charge so much more for that much food/service that we didn't need.

- I love that they were able to provide everything we needed -- linens, place settings, alcohol, cake, etc. Planning from cross-country was tough enough and it was so easy to be working with just one company for everything besides the venue, photographer and DJ.

- I had a hard time communicating with the planning staff by email, since it seemed like every reply I got back was from someone else who was less familiar with our reception plans. Multiple emails I sent apparently never got through (which I found out when I followed up about questions I'd asked that hadn't been answered after a week), and there were some pretty significant miscommunications along the way. To their credit, everything was sorted out fine, but it would have saved me a bit of stress to just be working with one person and to be confident that my emails were actually going to get to the right place and be answered without having to re-explain.

- Our day-of coordinator was great (forgot her name!) and really seemed on top of the details. We always had full glasses and everything ran smoothly. I'm not sure if it was her job, but I wish the cake had been situated differently. The cake had ribbons around it, and the side facing the front of the room was the side where the ribbons met (not the side with the seamless ribbons which looked much nicer). A small detail, but it resulted in us not getting any great photos of our cake.

- I love that Catering by Uptown has tons of drink options. I was confused at first by the lack of a list that I could choose from, but then realized I could request almost anything and they'd make it work. I was able to get a couple of cases of local SF Anchor Steam beer which was great to share with our East coast friends and family (and they managed not to make that request increase costs at all, which I appreciated).

All things considered, I'm happy with the experience we had and I think it's definitely worth checking out Catering by Uptown. Your guests will leave full!
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Overall I had a good experience with Catering by Uptown, and I would definitely say that the highlight was the quality of the food. There was a ton of it and everything I had was incredibly tasty and also well-presented. A summary of the ups and downs of my experience:

- Through email we arranged to meet Jeff during a window of a couple of days I was in the area (I live in CA) but the details were confused and the meeting didn't happen. Luckily they were able to schedule a last-minute tasting for the following day, but I was a bit worried that if the meeting details could get overlooked that our reception details might be tougher to juggle.

- Emily was the first person we met with and she was incredibly friendly and genuine, not at all a salesperson or fake with enthusiasm about our wedding.

- I know it's not uncommon, but I don't like how their contract is set up to determine a number of guests so far in advance, without the option to decrease the number if plans change later. We ended up paying for at least 15 more people than actually were able to attend. Obviously the moral of the story would be to aim super low in the first place, but it's very inflexible for a caterer to charge so much more for that much food/service that we didn't need.

- I love that they were able to provide everything we needed -- linens, place settings, alcohol, cake, etc. Planning from cross-country was tough enough and it was so easy to be working with just one company for everything besides the venue, photographer and DJ.

- I had a hard time communicating with the planning staff by email, since it seemed like every reply I got back was from someone else who was less familiar with our reception plans. Multiple emails I sent apparently never got through (which I found out when I followed up about questions I'd asked that hadn't been answered after a week), and there were some pretty significant miscommunications along the way. To their credit, everything was sorted out fine, but it would have saved me a bit of stress to just be working with one person and to be confident that my emails were actually going to get to the right place and be answered without having to re-explain.

- Our day-of coordinator was great (forgot her name!) and really seemed on top of the details. We always had full glasses and everything ran smoothly. I'm not sure if it was her job, but I wish the cake had been situated differently. The cake had ribbons around it, and the side facing the front of the room was the side where the ribbons met (not the side with the seamless ribbons which looked much nicer). A small detail, but it resulted in us not getting any great photos of our cake.

- I love that Catering by Uptown has tons of drink options. I was confused at first by the lack of a list that I could choose from, but then realized I could request almost anything and they'd make it work. I was able to get a couple of cases of local SF Anchor Steam beer which was great to share with our East coast friends and family (and they managed not to make that request increase costs at all, which I appreciated).

All things considered, I'm happy with the experience we had and I think it's definitely worth checking out Catering by Uptown. Your guests will leave full! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.1/5.0
Catering by Uptown was great!! We met with Rob at the Waverly Mansion in November and he worked with us to pick a date (after moving the wedding up almost a year). Once our date was picked we did have a hard time getting in contact with the planning department. After a bit of complaining we did get responses at a more acceptable speed. We loved Bethany, our day of coordinator, she was AMAZING!!! She helped us finalize the menu, the set up of the ceremony and reception. She even met us at the mansion the week of our wedding for us to drop off items for the catering company to set up on the wedding day. We have had so many complements on the food, service and venue. We would definitely recommend Catering by Uptown!!
Catering by Uptown was great!! We met with Rob at the Waverly Mansion in November and he worked with us to pick a date Read more...
Catering by Uptown was great!! We met with Rob at the Waverly Mansion in November and he worked with us to pick a date (after moving the wedding up almost a year). Once our date was picked we did have a hard time getting in contact with the planning department. After a bit of complaining we did get responses at a more acceptable speed. We loved Bethany, our day of coordinator, she was AMAZING!!! She helped us finalize the menu, the set up of the ceremony and reception. She even met us at the mansion the week of our wedding for us to drop off items for the catering company to set up on the wedding day. We have had so many complements on the food, service and venue. We would definitely recommend Catering by Uptown!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.1/5.0
Great food and beautiful setting. Communication could have been better. We constantly dealt with different people throughout the whole planning process, which lead to several things getting lost in translation and as a result the table set up was not as we had wanted it. Still overall a great place to get married.
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Great food and beautiful setting. Communication could have been better. We constantly dealt with different people throughout the whole planning process, which lead to several things getting lost in translation and as a result the table set up was not as we had wanted it. Still overall a great place to get married. Read less
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Maha
Wedding:
6/11/2005
4.1/5.0
Catering was on time and the food was great. However, they forgot the charger plates for the set up. Initially, we worked with an amazing planner there, but she became sick and we were switched to someone new. I felt like something was dropped in the meantime. However, they were the best we dealt with in the area... I'm not sure what that's saying about the catering industry.
Catering was on time and the food was great. However, they forgot the charger plates for the set up. Initially, we worked Read more...
Catering was on time and the food was great. However, they forgot the charger plates for the set up. Initially, we worked with an amazing planner there, but she became sick and we were switched to someone new. I felt like something was dropped in the meantime. However, they were the best we dealt with in the area... I'm not sure what that's saying about the catering industry. Read less
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Wedding:
6/20/2014
4.0/5.0
Great place.. Karen was excellent. The reception was beautiful.
Great place.. Karen was excellent. The reception was beautiful.
Great place.. Karen was excellent. The reception was beautiful. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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dlangel
Wedding:
7/3/2010
4.0/5.0
We LOVED Celebrations and so did our guests. We reserved the building side and had our wedding out in front of it. The food was phenomenal and the setting was beautiful. The coordinators were all very nice and helpful, and good at responding to emails/phone calls. They also helped negotiate a few difficult situations at the wedding. My only complaint is that I would've preferred to have one coordinator throughout the whole planning process. They have a setup where they have an initial coordinator, a middle coordinator, and an end coordinator whose there the day of the wedding. Like I said- they were all great, but I would've loved to have worked with one of them exclusively so that I didn't need to explain some details over again or double check to make sure that something had been conveyed.
We LOVED Celebrations and so did our guests. We reserved the building side and had our wedding out in front of it. The Read more...
We LOVED Celebrations and so did our guests. We reserved the building side and had our wedding out in front of it. The food was phenomenal and the setting was beautiful. The coordinators were all very nice and helpful, and good at responding to emails/phone calls. They also helped negotiate a few difficult situations at the wedding. My only complaint is that I would've preferred to have one coordinator throughout the whole planning process. They have a setup where they have an initial coordinator, a middle coordinator, and an end coordinator whose there the day of the wedding. Like I said- they were all great, but I would've loved to have worked with one of them exclusively so that I didn't need to explain some details over again or double check to make sure that something had been conveyed. Read less
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Tim
Wedding:
8/11/2007
4.0/5.0
Overall, these guys are fantastic. I recommend speaking with the owners, Rob and Suzanne, as you will not meet a better pair of people who want more than anything to make your day the most special it can be. They are extremely knowledgeable of the wedding process (our walk through at the venue took 20 minutes becuase of Suzanne) and they go the extra mile for you (Rob found out that we were having buses transport out of towners and he stocked the buses with water and champagne at no extra charge). The two of them had fantastic ideas and worked more closely with us than they probably do with clients, but that was becuase of the unfortunate part of our experience. Our actual assigned catering coordinator, Heather Hardage, was a major let down when compared to how great it was to work with Suzanne and Rob. She was very slow to respond to our messages and requests, and sometimes we felt as though we had to do her job for her (e.g., my wife had to find the tablecloths for her that were needed, I had to add up the budget for her to show her that we did not owe any more money, I reviewed the page by page detailed plans with her and she still did not follow them on the day of the event and we had to correct some things in the midst of the reception), adding more stress than is necessary for a bride and groom leading up to and on the big day. While they bill your coordinator as being as good as a wedding coordinator or a "day of" coordinator, Heather just fell way short. The idea is there and the system is in place (e.g., they have you review and sign a page by page list of all vendors, venues, events during the day, people, announcements, setup, etc.), but our coordinator did not follow through on the details on her own sheet. But, overall, the company is fantastic, the food is rediculously good, the price is more than reasonable, the reception is well staffed and runs smoothly, and we are extremely happy that Suzanne was there with us during the beginning of the reception as she was able to locate our lost cake and make it appear after several phone calls to the owner of the bakery. Just ask for Rob and Suzanne!!
Overall, these guys are fantastic. I recommend speaking with the owners, Rob and Suzanne, as you will not meet a better Read more...
Overall, these guys are fantastic. I recommend speaking with the owners, Rob and Suzanne, as you will not meet a better pair of people who want more than anything to make your day the most special it can be. They are extremely knowledgeable of the wedding process (our walk through at the venue took 20 minutes becuase of Suzanne) and they go the extra mile for you (Rob found out that we were having buses transport out of towners and he stocked the buses with water and champagne at no extra charge). The two of them had fantastic ideas and worked more closely with us than they probably do with clients, but that was becuase of the unfortunate part of our experience. Our actual assigned catering coordinator, Heather Hardage, was a major let down when compared to how great it was to work with Suzanne and Rob. She was very slow to respond to our messages and requests, and sometimes we felt as though we had to do her job for her (e.g., my wife had to find the tablecloths for her that were needed, I had to add up the budget for her to show her that we did not owe any more money, I reviewed the page by page detailed plans with her and she still did not follow them on the day of the event and we had to correct some things in the midst of the reception), adding more stress than is necessary for a bride and groom leading up to and on the big day. While they bill your coordinator as being as good as a wedding coordinator or a "day of" coordinator, Heather just fell way short. The idea is there and the system is in place (e.g., they have you review and sign a page by page list of all vendors, venues, events during the day, people, announcements, setup, etc.), but our coordinator did not follow through on the details on her own sheet. But, overall, the company is fantastic, the food is rediculously good, the price is more than reasonable, the reception is well staffed and runs smoothly, and we are extremely happy that Suzanne was there with us during the beginning of the reception as she was able to locate our lost cake and make it appear after several phone calls to the owner of the bakery. Just ask for Rob and Suzanne!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Alexandra
Wedding:
5/11/2014
3.9/5.0
We really wanted to get married at Celebrations at the Bay in the spring but it was pretty pricy. They gave us a discount for getting married on Sunday/Mother's Day but the money we saved from booking on this day was pretty small compared to all the things they nickel and dimed us for. For example, I didn't like any of the cakes in their standard/included package - they all looked like they were from the 80's. So I sent them a picture of what I wanted (which was NOT that complicated) and they said it was cost $500 extra! I could buy another whole cake for that amount. I only got them down to $450. :( And then, they only allow the bridal party to come an hour before the ceremony. My photographer told us that is NOT enough time to get dressed and do pictures so I requested to come earlier. They repeatedly said no but I kept asking. They finally said okay but that it would cost $300 an hour!! Ridiculous. Also keep in mind that they can and will book another wedding on your same day - they'll just start it like a couple hours later but they can overlap.

BUT after everything, they did a fantastic job - day of stuff ran so smoothly and everything was beautiful. Food was good and I would go with them again in a heartbeat if I had to, just need to keep in mind they are a business trying to make money.
We really wanted to get married at Celebrations at the Bay in the spring but it was pretty pricy. They gave us a discount Read more...
We really wanted to get married at Celebrations at the Bay in the spring but it was pretty pricy. They gave us a discount for getting married on Sunday/Mother's Day but the money we saved from booking on this day was pretty small compared to all the things they nickel and dimed us for. For example, I didn't like any of the cakes in their standard/included package - they all looked like they were from the 80's. So I sent them a picture of what I wanted (which was NOT that complicated) and they said it was cost $500 extra! I could buy another whole cake for that amount. I only got them down to $450. :( And then, they only allow the bridal party to come an hour before the ceremony. My photographer told us that is NOT enough time to get dressed and do pictures so I requested to come earlier. They repeatedly said no but I kept asking. They finally said okay but that it would cost $300 an hour!! Ridiculous. Also keep in mind that they can and will book another wedding on your same day - they'll just start it like a couple hours later but they can overlap.

BUT after everything, they did a fantastic job - day of stuff ran so smoothly and everything was beautiful. Food was good and I would go with them again in a heartbeat if I had to, just need to keep in mind they are a business trying to make money. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Ebony
Wedding:
11/2/2013
3.9/5.0
Overall great experience, I was disappointed that there was alcohol at the table that was clearly identified for children. We made it clear that this table was to be served sparkling cider, but the problem was corrected. Only after a full glass of champagne was dumped on my 10 year old. The food was great, although there was not a great level of attention placed on ensuring meals were given to the people with food allergies and other dietary restrictions. The staff was great during the planning process, however, the execution of my event was not as well executed as I anticipated. I suggest more emphasis be placed on the execution of the event as that is where the magic happens.
Overall great experience, I was disappointed that there was alcohol at the table that was clearly identified for children. Read more...
Overall great experience, I was disappointed that there was alcohol at the table that was clearly identified for children. We made it clear that this table was to be served sparkling cider, but the problem was corrected. Only after a full glass of champagne was dumped on my 10 year old. The food was great, although there was not a great level of attention placed on ensuring meals were given to the people with food allergies and other dietary restrictions. The staff was great during the planning process, however, the execution of my event was not as well executed as I anticipated. I suggest more emphasis be placed on the execution of the event as that is where the magic happens. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.9/5.0
The food, area, and control of the coordinator the day of our event was amazing. Everything was taken care of and issues were solved without our knowledge; which was wonderful. It was a great value for the food, quality of linens, china, etc. for the money. The venue was beautiful and well taken care of.
However, prior to my event, it was almost impossible to get a response from anyone at the office. Only after several messages via voicemail/email would I finally receive a call back. I was extremely disappointed in that aspect because really for the rest of the experience I 'felt' like I was an important bride. If you are the kind of bride that doesn't need control of little details and constant contact with the venue coordinators, I highly recommend using their services. If not, be aware and accept that only your wedding coordinator will be in constant contact with you.
The food, area, and control of the coordinator the day of our event was amazing. Everything was taken care of and issues Read more...
The food, area, and control of the coordinator the day of our event was amazing. Everything was taken care of and issues were solved without our knowledge; which was wonderful. It was a great value for the food, quality of linens, china, etc. for the money. The venue was beautiful and well taken care of.
However, prior to my event, it was almost impossible to get a response from anyone at the office. Only after several messages via voicemail/email would I finally receive a call back. I was extremely disappointed in that aspect because really for the rest of the experience I 'felt' like I was an important bride. If you are the kind of bride that doesn't need control of little details and constant contact with the venue coordinators, I highly recommend using their services. If not, be aware and accept that only your wedding coordinator will be in constant contact with you. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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lehigh
Wedding:
5/19/2012
3.9/5.0
CBU was the exclusive caterer for our venue at the time we booked. While we weren't thrilled with the idea, we read the reviews and were fairly content. CBU was very responsive in their emails, but their website needs some major upgrades. It looks like it hasn't been updated since the 90s, and the online procession software is a total letdown.

I communicated with them via email several times leading up to my wedding, and that was appreciated, but I didn't like that I had to make an appointment if I wanted to talk/meet with them closer to my wedding. This was difficult, as I had a full-time job, and their office was quite a drive for me.

Prior to my wedding, I communicated via email and their website to complete my seating chart. I triple checked this, as I had several tables with different numbers of chairs. On the evening of my wedding, they completely screwed up the numbered arrangement, and several of our guests didn't have chairs at their tables (including my mother and brother in law)! In addition, I had my guests on one side of the room and my husband's on the other. Since the tables were misnumbered, our family and friends were split up on opposite sides of the room. Of course, I didn't notice this until everyone was seated, and I was so embarrassed, as it appeared totally inconsiderate on our part.

Also, while I understand they like to serve the bride and groom first, I feel like they should have done a better job managing the timeline. We got pulled right before the entrees to take (a lot of) sunset photos, so our guests waited that entire time for their entrees.

Lastly, at the end of the night while we were saying goodbyes, our coordinator pulled my husband aside and told him we owed an extra $350 in cash for our last minute guests. He then continued to remind us several times, while we were running around trying to find our cash. While I understand this is in the contract, it was very blunt and could have been handled better.
CBU was the exclusive caterer for our venue at the time we booked. While we weren't thrilled with the idea, we read the Read more...
CBU was the exclusive caterer for our venue at the time we booked. While we weren't thrilled with the idea, we read the reviews and were fairly content. CBU was very responsive in their emails, but their website needs some major upgrades. It looks like it hasn't been updated since the 90s, and the online procession software is a total letdown.

I communicated with them via email several times leading up to my wedding, and that was appreciated, but I didn't like that I had to make an appointment if I wanted to talk/meet with them closer to my wedding. This was difficult, as I had a full-time job, and their office was quite a drive for me.

Prior to my wedding, I communicated via email and their website to complete my seating chart. I triple checked this, as I had several tables with different numbers of chairs. On the evening of my wedding, they completely screwed up the numbered arrangement, and several of our guests didn't have chairs at their tables (including my mother and brother in law)! In addition, I had my guests on one side of the room and my husband's on the other. Since the tables were misnumbered, our family and friends were split up on opposite sides of the room. Of course, I didn't notice this until everyone was seated, and I was so embarrassed, as it appeared totally inconsiderate on our part.

Also, while I understand they like to serve the bride and groom first, I feel like they should have done a better job managing the timeline. We got pulled right before the entrees to take (a lot of) sunset photos, so our guests waited that entire time for their entrees.

Lastly, at the end of the night while we were saying goodbyes, our coordinator pulled my husband aside and told him we owed an extra $350 in cash for our last minute guests. He then continued to remind us several times, while we were running around trying to find our cash. While I understand this is in the contract, it was very blunt and could have been handled better. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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KradBub
Wedding:
10/11/2009
3.9/5.0
Always trust the coordinator that its going to be fine its there job they do it all the time and if any of the little things go wrong you wont even remember it so dont stress over it
Always trust the coordinator that its going to be fine its there job they do it all the time and if any of the little Read more...
Always trust the coordinator that its going to be fine its there job they do it all the time and if any of the little things go wrong you wont even remember it so dont stress over it Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
6/14/2014
3.8/5.0
Catering By Uptown seemed like the answer to our prayers when we booked with them for our June wedding in Alexandria, VA. Unfortunately, all did not go according to plan. During the planning phase, we were shuffled between 4 or 5 different planners- meaning that I had to re-explain our plan constantly and many things got confused. They did not contact our venue for a floor plan, and a week before the wedding sent me a floor plan that was completely inappropriate (wrong dimensions, incorrect placement of dance floor, etc). I was the one who then got them a copy of the venue's floor plan and insisted they call the venue. When my now husband and I took off 3 hours of work to be able to attend one of their group tasting events (so we wouldn't have to pay $100 or more for a private one), they lost all of the choices that we made at that tasting- meaning we had to spend additional precious time trifling through their menu and trying to remember what we chose.

Fortunately, the actual night of our wedding went off very well. Everyone enjoyed the food, drinks, and presentation. Besides the staff throwing away our cake topper (which was retrieved by our private wedding planner), the staff was very friendly and professional.

If you are planning an event at a space that is owned by Catering by Uptown, I'm sure you will be golden. If you are planning a wedding at a private venue, think carefully before booking. It may cost you a lot of valuable time.
Catering By Uptown seemed like the answer to our prayers when we booked with them for our June wedding in Alexandria, VA. Read more...
Catering By Uptown seemed like the answer to our prayers when we booked with them for our June wedding in Alexandria, VA. Unfortunately, all did not go according to plan. During the planning phase, we were shuffled between 4 or 5 different planners- meaning that I had to re-explain our plan constantly and many things got confused. They did not contact our venue for a floor plan, and a week before the wedding sent me a floor plan that was completely inappropriate (wrong dimensions, incorrect placement of dance floor, etc). I was the one who then got them a copy of the venue's floor plan and insisted they call the venue. When my now husband and I took off 3 hours of work to be able to attend one of their group tasting events (so we wouldn't have to pay $100 or more for a private one), they lost all of the choices that we made at that tasting- meaning we had to spend additional precious time trifling through their menu and trying to remember what we chose.

Fortunately, the actual night of our wedding went off very well. Everyone enjoyed the food, drinks, and presentation. Besides the staff throwing away our cake topper (which was retrieved by our private wedding planner), the staff was very friendly and professional.

If you are planning an event at a space that is owned by Catering by Uptown, I'm sure you will be golden. If you are planning a wedding at a private venue, think carefully before booking. It may cost you a lot of valuable time. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Hana
Wedding:
11/17/2013
3.8/5.0
We booked our event with Catering by Uptown over a year before our wedding. Unfortunately, in that time, the person we had originally been communicating with ended up leaving the company and I think as a result, we were sort of forgotten. There was a point where I called every day for almost two weeks trying to figure out contract timing to work it out with my reception venue and no one ever returned my call. I eventually had to work the problem out with a receptionist. My husband and I also went to one of their tasting events after we had already booked them and the food wasn't very good. However, on the actual ceremony day, the food was awesome and we definitely ate a lot of it! On the day of the wedding, our original day-of person couldn't make it, so Mary ended up being our day-of coordinator. She was great and ran things very smoothly. I was expecting to be bombarded with questions on the wedding day, but I barely even knew the vendors were there because they worked everything out between themselves. All of the decor they provided for the ceremony was beautiful and when I provided my own flowers, menu cards, place cards, and table names, they took care of setting all of those up as well. Ultimately, I was thrilled with the result because our reception turned out beautiful, but if you are someone who needs a lot of reminders to complete tasks and needs to constantly be in contact with all of your vendors up until the wedding, Catering by Uptown is probably not for you. I felt that with the price we paid for their services, the least they could have done was return my call regarding the contract. However, if you are well-organized and willing to put the vast majority of your wedding reception into the hands of someone else, they will pull through.
We booked our event with Catering by Uptown over a year before our wedding. Unfortunately, in that time, the person we had Read more...
We booked our event with Catering by Uptown over a year before our wedding. Unfortunately, in that time, the person we had originally been communicating with ended up leaving the company and I think as a result, we were sort of forgotten. There was a point where I called every day for almost two weeks trying to figure out contract timing to work it out with my reception venue and no one ever returned my call. I eventually had to work the problem out with a receptionist. My husband and I also went to one of their tasting events after we had already booked them and the food wasn't very good. However, on the actual ceremony day, the food was awesome and we definitely ate a lot of it! On the day of the wedding, our original day-of person couldn't make it, so Mary ended up being our day-of coordinator. She was great and ran things very smoothly. I was expecting to be bombarded with questions on the wedding day, but I barely even knew the vendors were there because they worked everything out between themselves. All of the decor they provided for the ceremony was beautiful and when I provided my own flowers, menu cards, place cards, and table names, they took care of setting all of those up as well. Ultimately, I was thrilled with the result because our reception turned out beautiful, but if you are someone who needs a lot of reminders to complete tasks and needs to constantly be in contact with all of your vendors up until the wedding, Catering by Uptown is probably not for you. I felt that with the price we paid for their services, the least they could have done was return my call regarding the contract. However, if you are well-organized and willing to put the vast majority of your wedding reception into the hands of someone else, they will pull through. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.8/5.0
The girl who originally got us to sign the contract was very cocky and young... however we liked the venue and services so we went with it. Our wedding coordinator was awesome and she helped us with everything from picking colors to picking out food choices. Because our wedding was last minute the price was cut in half and the value was there. The food was excellent and everyone at the wedding commented on having a great time.
The girl who originally got us to sign the contract was very cocky and young... however we liked the venue and services so Read more...
The girl who originally got us to sign the contract was very cocky and young... however we liked the venue and services so we went with it. Our wedding coordinator was awesome and she helped us with everything from picking colors to picking out food choices. Because our wedding was last minute the price was cut in half and the value was there. The food was excellent and everyone at the wedding commented on having a great time. Read less
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lordgeon
Wedding:
12/18/2011
3.8/5.0
We loved the people we worked with a catering and the food was phenomenal (and if you are looking for appetizers, might we suggest the brie and the atichoke dip). Their big problem is their website which is not user friendly and it can be hard getting in touch with them via e-mail. They are very professional and their day of service was top notch, but the e-mail was just very hard to get past.
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We loved the people we worked with a catering and the food was phenomenal (and if you are looking for appetizers, might we suggest the brie and the atichoke dip). Their big problem is their website which is not user friendly and it can be hard getting in touch with them via e-mail. They are very professional and their day of service was top notch, but the e-mail was just very hard to get past. Read less
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Lily
Wedding:
7/28/2011
3.8/5.0
On the day of the wedding, Catering by Uptown did everything right. However, in the months before the wedding, they were slow to respond to email. There were also issues between our venue and the caterer, primarily because of Catering by Uptown's lack of desire to do a walkthrough of the venue prior to the event. I almost felt like a referee between the two.
On the day of the wedding, Catering by Uptown did everything right. However, in the months before the wedding, they were Read more...
On the day of the wedding, Catering by Uptown did everything right. However, in the months before the wedding, they were slow to respond to email. There were also issues between our venue and the caterer, primarily because of Catering by Uptown's lack of desire to do a walkthrough of the venue prior to the event. I almost felt like a referee between the two. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
7/18/2012
3.7/5.0
Beautiful location. I fall in love every time I visit it. The linens, tables, chairs, and china are included in the price of the package, which saves tons of money. Excellent view. But I was disappointed.
1. At the venue they tell you that you dont need a planner.... don't listen. The planner for catering by uptown has limited duties and anyone that you hire for decor must have a license, which they don't tell you either. The planner that is included in your package you acutally do not meet until your wedding day, but they are available for phone calls. This is CRAZZZY!!!.
2. Poor communication. I constantly had to repeat myself. The waitress during our wedding did not speak/ understand english!!! WTH... for
160 per person, I expect that the wait staff can understand a simple request.
3.The food was plentiful and for the most part good, but my filet was cold as it was during the tasting, which I was promised would not be at my wedding. There were lots of things that you learn at the last minute, such as
4. Vendor meals are 50% of the guest meals, which for us was going to be 82.00 each ( which they say is mandatory to feed them in addition to the fee for their service)
5. Kids meals were $70.00 each for chicken fingers and fries.
6. If your guests do not show they do not allow you to take home the left over food. They claim they trash it due to some Maryland law. Although not in the contract.
But the venue is beautiful but services need improvement.
Beautiful location. I fall in love every time I visit it. The linens, tables, chairs, and china are included in the price Read more...
Beautiful location. I fall in love every time I visit it. The linens, tables, chairs, and china are included in the price of the package, which saves tons of money. Excellent view. But I was disappointed.
1. At the venue they tell you that you dont need a planner.... don't listen. The planner for catering by uptown has limited duties and anyone that you hire for decor must have a license, which they don't tell you either. The planner that is included in your package you acutally do not meet until your wedding day, but they are available for phone calls. This is CRAZZZY!!!.
2. Poor communication. I constantly had to repeat myself. The waitress during our wedding did not speak/ understand english!!! WTH... for
160 per person, I expect that the wait staff can understand a simple request.
3.The food was plentiful and for the most part good, but my filet was cold as it was during the tasting, which I was promised would not be at my wedding. There were lots of things that you learn at the last minute, such as
4. Vendor meals are 50% of the guest meals, which for us was going to be 82.00 each ( which they say is mandatory to feed them in addition to the fee for their service)
5. Kids meals were $70.00 each for chicken fingers and fries.
6. If your guests do not show they do not allow you to take home the left over food. They claim they trash it due to some Maryland law. Although not in the contract.
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Tina
Wedding:
11/19/2011
3.7/5.0
This review is for Celebrations by the Bay and Catering by Uptown.

Generally speaking, I was happy with the services provided by Uptown (who owns Celebrations by the Bay). The venue is absolutely stunning. We were lucky enough to have the entire property for our November wedding.

The pros:

The food was outstanding and guests really did rave about it and the beauty of the venue. We were able to plan out the look of the wedding and the menu with staff. We were given good recommendations for other venues. The day went by quickly and smoothly and i never felt like I needed to check up on anything during the wedding. Our event coordinator even went so far as to drive 30 minutes back to the venue the night of the rehearsal when I left my purse in the ceremony room.

The cons:

The first tasting was abysmal. I cried--disappointed that I had already put down a deposit for a very expensive meal that was dry and generally disappointing. When I communicated this with the person who had signed the contract with me, she suggested a private tasting. That tasting was fantastic and representative of the food served at our wedding. I recommend skipping the group tasting all together.

Communication was flawed. I signed my contract with a customer service rep who did not deal with the planning of events. Throughout the process, we worked with 5 or 6 different people and constantly felt like we were starting at the beginning. We felt panicked at the very end when a confirmation was sent to us saying that any changes to it needed to be made 30 days before the event...and we didn't even see it until 14 days before the event. Once I communicated my frustrations, I was contacted by someone in the management department and he assured me everything would be taken care of. He checked in on the day of the wedding to make sure everything was perfect. I had to hunt for contact information for my day-of coordinator a week and a half before the wedding, and she was leaving for vacation when I finally could contact her.


Although these were points of frustration along the way and I did not experience the stress-free, well-orchestrated planning process I had been sold on, our wedding day was essentially perfect. Save for a few misplaced favors, Celebrations and Catering by Uptown executed my vision flawlessly and the entire evening was beautiful.
This review is for Celebrations by the Bay and Catering by Uptown.

Generally speaking, I was happy with the Read more...
This review is for Celebrations by the Bay and Catering by Uptown.

Generally speaking, I was happy with the services provided by Uptown (who owns Celebrations by the Bay). The venue is absolutely stunning. We were lucky enough to have the entire property for our November wedding.

The pros:

The food was outstanding and guests really did rave about it and the beauty of the venue. We were able to plan out the look of the wedding and the menu with staff. We were given good recommendations for other venues. The day went by quickly and smoothly and i never felt like I needed to check up on anything during the wedding. Our event coordinator even went so far as to drive 30 minutes back to the venue the night of the rehearsal when I left my purse in the ceremony room.

The cons:

The first tasting was abysmal. I cried--disappointed that I had already put down a deposit for a very expensive meal that was dry and generally disappointing. When I communicated this with the person who had signed the contract with me, she suggested a private tasting. That tasting was fantastic and representative of the food served at our wedding. I recommend skipping the group tasting all together.

Communication was flawed. I signed my contract with a customer service rep who did not deal with the planning of events. Throughout the process, we worked with 5 or 6 different people and constantly felt like we were starting at the beginning. We felt panicked at the very end when a confirmation was sent to us saying that any changes to it needed to be made 30 days before the event...and we didn't even see it until 14 days before the event. Once I communicated my frustrations, I was contacted by someone in the management department and he assured me everything would be taken care of. He checked in on the day of the wedding to make sure everything was perfect. I had to hunt for contact information for my day-of coordinator a week and a half before the wedding, and she was leaving for vacation when I finally could contact her.


Although these were points of frustration along the way and I did not experience the stress-free, well-orchestrated planning process I had been sold on, our wedding day was essentially perfect. Save for a few misplaced favors, Celebrations and Catering by Uptown executed my vision flawlessly and the entire evening was beautiful. Read less
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Wedding:
6/7/2014
3.5/5.0
My wedding was beautiful, the food was delicious, and everyone had a great time. That being said, there were a few kinks. It started with the sales process. They promised a lot up front and didn't exactly deliver on all of it. I was told that we'd be able to get ready on site and found out that we'd be charged $1,000 to use the space. We were told that we'd be able to have a rehearsal at the venue and it wasn't until after we signed the contract and went on their planning website that we found that it'd be $500 for one hour. We were sold on a dual entree of filet and crab cake but when it came time to plan a tasting, we were told they were both from the expensive list and we'd be charged extra...I fought that one and got the dual entree I wanted at no additional charge though they did forget the béarnaise sauce we specifically requested. I was told there'd be a day of coordinator who would be hands on and would execute everything the way I wanted...I didn't meet him until 2 days before the wedding and he was really only in charge of directing other people to set the tables. You're only allowed 2 plastic tubs of stuff (cake knives , decorations, place cards...) and we were given a hard time about the multiple boxes of candles, vases, and various other decorations. I worked with a planning team but don't think I spoke with the same person more than twice. It left me feeling a little uneasy and we ended up hiring a separate coordinator to handle the details.

The food was delicious and the staff was friendly and professional. I got married and had a wonderful time but I do wish I'd known it wasn't so "all inclusive" prior to signing that contract.
My wedding was beautiful, the food was delicious, and everyone had a great time. That being said, there were a few kinks. Read more...
My wedding was beautiful, the food was delicious, and everyone had a great time. That being said, there were a few kinks. It started with the sales process. They promised a lot up front and didn't exactly deliver on all of it. I was told that we'd be able to get ready on site and found out that we'd be charged $1,000 to use the space. We were told that we'd be able to have a rehearsal at the venue and it wasn't until after we signed the contract and went on their planning website that we found that it'd be $500 for one hour. We were sold on a dual entree of filet and crab cake but when it came time to plan a tasting, we were told they were both from the expensive list and we'd be charged extra...I fought that one and got the dual entree I wanted at no additional charge though they did forget the béarnaise sauce we specifically requested. I was told there'd be a day of coordinator who would be hands on and would execute everything the way I wanted...I didn't meet him until 2 days before the wedding and he was really only in charge of directing other people to set the tables. You're only allowed 2 plastic tubs of stuff (cake knives , decorations, place cards...) and we were given a hard time about the multiple boxes of candles, vases, and various other decorations. I worked with a planning team but don't think I spoke with the same person more than twice. It left me feeling a little uneasy and we ended up hiring a separate coordinator to handle the details.

The food was delicious and the staff was friendly and professional. I got married and had a wonderful time but I do wish I'd known it wasn't so "all inclusive" prior to signing that contract. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
5/31/2014
3.4/5.0
Anchor Inn owned by Catering By Uptown was an amazing venue. I was very pleased with my big day. The food was great! But our day of coordinator could have preformed better. She did set things up as I instructed and stepped up at the end of the night with packaging my cake, toasting glasses, etc.

But she was not very responsive and I felt as if I had to take the lead on many things. I noticed a whole row of lamps were out on the wall and had to tell her, I had to tell her how to line the bridal party, I requested a vegetarian meal for a guest and she forgot until the guest said something and then knew exactly who they were, she told me I would have two bartenders and there was only one...These are all minor things but I was a little upset with the lack of professionalism and responsiveness.

The venue itself was beautiful, I wish we could have had an extra hour, 6-11 ceremony & reception . I feel that we paid A LOT and things could have been a bit better as far as the organization and set up the day of.

Even though it was so much money, you do get a lot for your money. Booking the Anchor Inn with Catering by Uptown gives you dinner,bar,cake,chocolate covered strawberries, linens, chairs, tables, votive candles, mirror centerpieces (If you want them) and you get to attend as many of their tastings they hold every other month as you would like. We went to one and it was a great.

The group tastings are like a mock wedding and its great to see the linens, food, drinks... The only thing the company could really improve is the Planning Department. I received e-mails that said they would be communicating with me and they didnt. I always had to take the lead on various things that I shouldn't have to ask about. I also had to follow up several times on questions. The week of my wedding the wedding coordinator should have been reaching out to me asking me what I needed and I was the one calling and texting her. She was not as accommodating as a coordinator should be.
Anchor Inn owned by Catering By Uptown was an amazing venue. I was very pleased with my big day. The food was great! But Read more...
Anchor Inn owned by Catering By Uptown was an amazing venue. I was very pleased with my big day. The food was great! But our day of coordinator could have preformed better. She did set things up as I instructed and stepped up at the end of the night with packaging my cake, toasting glasses, etc.

But she was not very responsive and I felt as if I had to take the lead on many things. I noticed a whole row of lamps were out on the wall and had to tell her, I had to tell her how to line the bridal party, I requested a vegetarian meal for a guest and she forgot until the guest said something and then knew exactly who they were, she told me I would have two bartenders and there was only one...These are all minor things but I was a little upset with the lack of professionalism and responsiveness.

The venue itself was beautiful, I wish we could have had an extra hour, 6-11 ceremony & reception . I feel that we paid A LOT and things could have been a bit better as far as the organization and set up the day of.

Even though it was so much money, you do get a lot for your money. Booking the Anchor Inn with Catering by Uptown gives you dinner,bar,cake,chocolate covered strawberries, linens, chairs, tables, votive candles, mirror centerpieces (If you want them) and you get to attend as many of their tastings they hold every other month as you would like. We went to one and it was a great.

The group tastings are like a mock wedding and its great to see the linens, food, drinks... The only thing the company could really improve is the Planning Department. I received e-mails that said they would be communicating with me and they didnt. I always had to take the lead on various things that I shouldn't have to ask about. I also had to follow up several times on questions. The week of my wedding the wedding coordinator should have been reaching out to me asking me what I needed and I was the one calling and texting her. She was not as accommodating as a coordinator should be. Read less
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Patti
Wedding:
9/4/2011
3.4/5.0
Our sales coordinator, Lauren was spectacular. We could not of asked for someone more professional, responsive, and courteous! Everything went very smooth with our coordinator Emily up until the day of our wedding as well.

All in all despite the things that went wrong, it was a gorgeous day and a spectacular celebration. However, when you pay the money that Catering by Uptown charges, you should get what you pay for!

The day of our wedding...

Our aisle runner was not setup on the deck like it was suppose to. No big deal.

We had 160 people at our wedding and there was only one bar open, and when they moved to another bar... there was no bar service for any of our guest for 30 minutes. In addition, all night long there was nothing but a huge line at the bar. I found out a Month later from my step-mother that two bartenders called out, but the day of our wedding was nothing but excuses. In addition, we had a photo booth at our wedding and found multiple pictures of the staff taking pictures in our booth. Why weren't they serving our guests??

At the end of the night my Mother asked the coordinator for our wedding cake, and she was told that we couldn't take it because she was already giving it to the staff!! She told my mother that it was too late? Really, because I'm pretty sure we already paid for it!! Not cool at all.
Our sales coordinator, Lauren was spectacular. We could not of asked for someone more professional, responsive, and Read more...
Our sales coordinator, Lauren was spectacular. We could not of asked for someone more professional, responsive, and courteous! Everything went very smooth with our coordinator Emily up until the day of our wedding as well.

All in all despite the things that went wrong, it was a gorgeous day and a spectacular celebration. However, when you pay the money that Catering by Uptown charges, you should get what you pay for!

The day of our wedding...

Our aisle runner was not setup on the deck like it was suppose to. No big deal.

We had 160 people at our wedding and there was only one bar open, and when they moved to another bar... there was no bar service for any of our guest for 30 minutes. In addition, all night long there was nothing but a huge line at the bar. I found out a Month later from my step-mother that two bartenders called out, but the day of our wedding was nothing but excuses. In addition, we had a photo booth at our wedding and found multiple pictures of the staff taking pictures in our booth. Why weren't they serving our guests??

At the end of the night my Mother asked the coordinator for our wedding cake, and she was told that we couldn't take it because she was already giving it to the staff!! She told my mother that it was too late? Really, because I'm pretty sure we already paid for it!! Not cool at all. Read less
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dshafey
Wedding:
8/16/2008
3.4/5.0
We loved the food provided at the wedding, however since the beginning had issues with our day of coordinator! We often felt out of the loop and even on wedding day we received news of broken vases! I would def recommend them because of the food but not for location or coordination.
We loved the food provided at the wedding, however since the beginning had issues with our day of coordinator! We often Read more...
We loved the food provided at the wedding, however since the beginning had issues with our day of coordinator! We often felt out of the loop and even on wedding day we received news of broken vases! I would def recommend them because of the food but not for location or coordination. Read less
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Sandi
Wedding:
5/5/2012
3.3/5.0
I just got married on May 5, 2012, and Catering by Uptown was my caterer. Thanks for everything!
I just got married on May 5, 2012, and Catering by Uptown was my caterer. Thanks for everything!
I just got married on May 5, 2012, and Catering by Uptown was my caterer. Thanks for everything! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/8/2014
3.0/5.0
Catering by Uptown definitely woos you from the start with the amazing venue at Celebrations at the Bay which is just beautiful and with the food which is simply delicious. I loved all of the choices for appetizers - I think you get like 16 which is crazy. There are no extra fees and everything down to the linens and cake cutting is included. They have many different options which can be really nice and they are flexible about you providing your own decorations and decor. Overall my wedding was great - the bar and food was good - like I said the location is beautiful (the online pictures don't do it justice) - my only complaint is with the onsite wedding planners and service delivery. We had a very unfortunate issue where halfway through our 15min intimate wedding ceremony, the other wedding's DJ (there are two sites at Celebrations on the Bay directly next to each other) started loudly introducing the wedding party at their reception. The introductions were so loud, and obnoxious and completely ruined the end of our ceremony to the point where the guests couldn't even hear the vows. Part of this problem stemmed from the fact that the other part of the venue is a tent so there is no sound dampening. The fact that this occurred was completely unprofessional. I cannot believe that the wedding planners did not coordinate with one another on timing of the two weddings. We also had some other issues with a chunk of the cake missing (that Catering by Uptown provides) as well as some of the staff not cleaning up a spill (with broken glass all over the place). I have mixed feelings about recommending this vendor because so much of what they did was amazing - and I could have just had an isolated experience, but what girl whats to hear some horrible rap song blasting while she is saying her I Do's????

I guess I will still recommend with hopes that they will change what happened to me so future brides won't have these issues!
Catering by Uptown definitely woos you from the start with the amazing venue at Celebrations at the Bay which is just Read more...
Catering by Uptown definitely woos you from the start with the amazing venue at Celebrations at the Bay which is just beautiful and with the food which is simply delicious. I loved all of the choices for appetizers - I think you get like 16 which is crazy. There are no extra fees and everything down to the linens and cake cutting is included. They have many different options which can be really nice and they are flexible about you providing your own decorations and decor. Overall my wedding was great - the bar and food was good - like I said the location is beautiful (the online pictures don't do it justice) - my only complaint is with the onsite wedding planners and service delivery. We had a very unfortunate issue where halfway through our 15min intimate wedding ceremony, the other wedding's DJ (there are two sites at Celebrations on the Bay directly next to each other) started loudly introducing the wedding party at their reception. The introductions were so loud, and obnoxious and completely ruined the end of our ceremony to the point where the guests couldn't even hear the vows. Part of this problem stemmed from the fact that the other part of the venue is a tent so there is no sound dampening. The fact that this occurred was completely unprofessional. I cannot believe that the wedding planners did not coordinate with one another on timing of the two weddings. We also had some other issues with a chunk of the cake missing (that Catering by Uptown provides) as well as some of the staff not cleaning up a spill (with broken glass all over the place). I have mixed feelings about recommending this vendor because so much of what they did was amazing - and I could have just had an isolated experience, but what girl whats to hear some horrible rap song blasting while she is saying her I Do's????

I guess I will still recommend with hopes that they will change what happened to me so future brides won't have these issues! Read less
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waterlily2584
Wedding:
5/6/2011
3.0/5.0
Celebrations at the Bay is phenomenal. Overlooking the Chesapeake Bay it is truly a top-notch location. I loved that it is a private venue where my family could have the entire area for us without additional events happening at the same time. The staff and food was provided by Catering by Uptown who owns this location. The food was excellent and there was plenty of it (both hors d'oeuvres and main entrees). No one went hungry. We had a full bar service and the drinks were great. I have mixed reviews with the staff. When we first came to Celebrations to check out the location we were greeted by Peggi who is outstanding. Once we signed we went to the planning department which was disappointing. Jeff (who was not our assigned planner) responded to my questions in a timely fashion and was a delight. Our assigned planner, Eileen was horrible. I did not receive email responses from her in the 48-hour window and often had to call (even when my wedding was only 3 weeks away). The day of our wedding she was no where to be found for most of the event. She only made an appearance at the beginning and the end. Our photographer Darla ended up helping us (like during dinner when some of my family who was allergic to shellfish didn't get their right meal). Which was not her job. I would give higher ratings for the location, Peggi, Jeff and the rest of the staff and the food, but Eileen's lack of professionalism is just unacceptable.
Celebrations at the Bay is phenomenal. Overlooking the Chesapeake Bay it is truly a top-notch location. I loved that it is Read more...
Celebrations at the Bay is phenomenal. Overlooking the Chesapeake Bay it is truly a top-notch location. I loved that it is a private venue where my family could have the entire area for us without additional events happening at the same time. The staff and food was provided by Catering by Uptown who owns this location. The food was excellent and there was plenty of it (both hors d'oeuvres and main entrees). No one went hungry. We had a full bar service and the drinks were great. I have mixed reviews with the staff. When we first came to Celebrations to check out the location we were greeted by Peggi who is outstanding. Once we signed we went to the planning department which was disappointing. Jeff (who was not our assigned planner) responded to my questions in a timely fashion and was a delight. Our assigned planner, Eileen was horrible. I did not receive email responses from her in the 48-hour window and often had to call (even when my wedding was only 3 weeks away). The day of our wedding she was no where to be found for most of the event. She only made an appearance at the beginning and the end. Our photographer Darla ended up helping us (like during dinner when some of my family who was allergic to shellfish didn't get their right meal). Which was not her job. I would give higher ratings for the location, Peggi, Jeff and the rest of the staff and the food, but Eileen's lack of professionalism is just unacceptable. Read less
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MrsMatson
Wedding:
5/16/2009
2.9/5.0
The positive points: The food was awesome and the location is nice and pretty. Just don't look left on the water because you see the factories of Dundalk. Not the most nicest view to the left. However, the veiw is really pretty other then to the left side. The food is actually very good and this was the main reason why we did book this venue. Also, if you pay by check or cash, you get a 5% discount which is nice.

What is told to you that everything will be "FINE" is total and completely untrue. The only reason we booked this place was for our wedding photos. We wanted to have fantastic photos by the water and we paid $$$$ for a top photographer and videographer. I think it was about 10K in total for photography and videography services. Well, I find out on the day of that I can't take any pictures on the doc or on the small sandy beach. Only on the deck due to us not paying to rent out the other side. If I would have known, I probably would have booked Chesapeake bay beach club. I almost cried on my wedding day!!!! Everything was going perfect until I was told that. Also, there was another wedding that started right before mine and she used my side of the venue for her wedding photos. That was totally unfair and messed up. I'm still irate about the solution. We were made to walk 10 minutes to the boat club down the road to take pictures. Also, because of that wedding, the entire parking lot was FULL! My guest that did not take the bus from the hotel did not have spaces to park. How messed up is that? We didn't have a spot and I refused to be parked on the road and to be made to walk that far. Seriously?!

Also, they really do not like doing rehearsals. My father and mother do not speak English that well and I wanted to be able to walk through it quickly or be able to explain what they needed to do so that they understood what to do. This was highly difficult to get scheduled. All I needed was a 15 min walk through on the day prior. It took a bawling tearful worrysome phone call to son of the owner to get this done. He is actually a great problem solver and gives you alternatives. Seriously, if it weren't for his intervention, I'm not sure it would have been scheduled.

Also, the locations that were suggested to do my wedding rehearsal dinner was not very nice. I ended up having mine at the Chart House in Annapolis, but it really depends on what you like and your budget. Most of the vendors that they suggest are okay. I used an officiant and the florist that they suggested but I kind of should have gone with a better florist. I selected their recommended florist because they are close to the venue. I've heard too many disaster stories about wedding flowers. She actually did a nice job but I don't think she understood who I was and what I was expecting??? Even after showing her photos? I loved my officiant. He was wonderful!

One more thing - I hate that they put mirrors at the base of the center pieces. It's so 80's. I requested that they are not placed under my floral arrangements but on day of when I went to see the venue... there was mirrors underneath the centerpieces. I told them it's too late and to leave them be. It only bothered me and it still does.

Another thing was, that I needed my photographers and videographers fed when I was fed. They were hired to follow me around and I get served first right? Their policy is to feed vendors after all the guests have been served. I understand that but usually you feed your photographer/videographer when the bride and groom are served so that you can finish your meals together and they follow you around to take pictures of the bride and groom. Thankfully, it was a bit of a fight but they were able to accomidate that.

Overall, I do appreciate the attentiveness but I honestly did not like hearing on the front end... We will do anything for you...nothing is an issue... and the day of arrives and you hear "NO". Brides don't like hearing "NO", especially on the day of! Do I regret having my wedding there? I keep wondering how much more I would have been satisfied at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. The inside of the building is nicer and I would have had access to my own lawn, beach, and top deck bar area with a fire place. So, I wonder... was it what I expected. I say Not really. However, was it a nice wedding. Yes, it was because even though I wasn't too happy about certain things and I was the only one not happy. My guests loved the food and enjoyed a beautiful wedding. So, in the end, this stuff was petty in the grand scheme of things... I got married to my love, my best friend, and best of all... my HUSBAND.

By the way... I am not a bridezilla. My dog peed on my wedding gown on my wedding date and I didn't freak out. I was going to get married naked if I had to... what was I gonna do... I just asked my mom to fix it... and she did... And dog pee does come out of wedding dresses with white damp towels and blotting it.
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The positive points: The food was awesome and the location is nice and pretty. Just don't look left on the water because you see the factories of Dundalk. Not the most nicest view to the left. However, the veiw is really pretty other then to the left side. The food is actually very good and this was the main reason why we did book this venue. Also, if you pay by check or cash, you get a 5% discount which is nice.

What is told to you that everything will be "FINE" is total and completely untrue. The only reason we booked this place was for our wedding photos. We wanted to have fantastic photos by the water and we paid $$$$ for a top photographer and videographer. I think it was about 10K in total for photography and videography services. Well, I find out on the day of that I can't take any pictures on the doc or on the small sandy beach. Only on the deck due to us not paying to rent out the other side. If I would have known, I probably would have booked Chesapeake bay beach club. I almost cried on my wedding day!!!! Everything was going perfect until I was told that. Also, there was another wedding that started right before mine and she used my side of the venue for her wedding photos. That was totally unfair and messed up. I'm still irate about the solution. We were made to walk 10 minutes to the boat club down the road to take pictures. Also, because of that wedding, the entire parking lot was FULL! My guest that did not take the bus from the hotel did not have spaces to park. How messed up is that? We didn't have a spot and I refused to be parked on the road and to be made to walk that far. Seriously?!

Also, they really do not like doing rehearsals. My father and mother do not speak English that well and I wanted to be able to walk through it quickly or be able to explain what they needed to do so that they understood what to do. This was highly difficult to get scheduled. All I needed was a 15 min walk through on the day prior. It took a bawling tearful worrysome phone call to son of the owner to get this done. He is actually a great problem solver and gives you alternatives. Seriously, if it weren't for his intervention, I'm not sure it would have been scheduled.

Also, the locations that were suggested to do my wedding rehearsal dinner was not very nice. I ended up having mine at the Chart House in Annapolis, but it really depends on what you like and your budget. Most of the vendors that they suggest are okay. I used an officiant and the florist that they suggested but I kind of should have gone with a better florist. I selected their recommended florist because they are close to the venue. I've heard too many disaster stories about wedding flowers. She actually did a nice job but I don't think she understood who I was and what I was expecting??? Even after showing her photos? I loved my officiant. He was wonderful!

One more thing - I hate that they put mirrors at the base of the center pieces. It's so 80's. I requested that they are not placed under my floral arrangements but on day of when I went to see the venue... there was mirrors underneath the centerpieces. I told them it's too late and to leave them be. It only bothered me and it still does.

Another thing was, that I needed my photographers and videographers fed when I was fed. They were hired to follow me around and I get served first right? Their policy is to feed vendors after all the guests have been served. I understand that but usually you feed your photographer/videographer when the bride and groom are served so that you can finish your meals together and they follow you around to take pictures of the bride and groom. Thankfully, it was a bit of a fight but they were able to accomidate that.

Overall, I do appreciate the attentiveness but I honestly did not like hearing on the front end... We will do anything for you...nothing is an issue... and the day of arrives and you hear "NO". Brides don't like hearing "NO", especially on the day of! Do I regret having my wedding there? I keep wondering how much more I would have been satisfied at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. The inside of the building is nicer and I would have had access to my own lawn, beach, and top deck bar area with a fire place. So, I wonder... was it what I expected. I say Not really. However, was it a nice wedding. Yes, it was because even though I wasn't too happy about certain things and I was the only one not happy. My guests loved the food and enjoyed a beautiful wedding. So, in the end, this stuff was petty in the grand scheme of things... I got married to my love, my best friend, and best of all... my HUSBAND.

By the way... I am not a bridezilla. My dog peed on my wedding gown on my wedding date and I didn't freak out. I was going to get married naked if I had to... what was I gonna do... I just asked my mom to fix it... and she did... And dog pee does come out of wedding dresses with white damp towels and blotting it. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Kellie
Wedding:
9/19/2013
2.8/5.0
We mostly dealt with Jeff leading up to our wedding. The way in which he spoke to us was rude and condescending. He also lied to us on several occasions. The first was when he told us there was no minimum if we had our wedding on a weekday, then later upped it to 75 people.

At our planning meeting we asked if we could have our rehearsal on the weekend before our wedding, and he said "no problem". When I e-mailed to set it up, he insisted he never said that and we couldn't have a it on the weekend. He then said our cocktail hour would be outside, and that the dinner tables would be moved inward in the tent so it didn't look empty (as we only had 100 people at our wedding in a tent that sits 250). Neither of these things were done.

I then told him I wanted a head table instead of a sweetheart table, and was very specific in the way I wanted the recessional (since I had guys on my side, I didn't want the bridal party walking down in pairs). He began arguing with me at the rehearsal in front of everyone when I was telling him what I wanted.

The day-of coordinator was an absolute joke. She didn't have our list of special meals and CAME TO ME asking me to remember all of them prior to the reception. Then, the table where my in-laws were to be seated was short 2 chairs and she AGAIN came to me asking what to do. THEY ARE THE IN-LAWS, THEY CAN SIT WHEREVER THEY WANT. Why was she coming to me asking about this? Also, the ceremony was almost ruined after I told her to tell the quartet to hold off playing a specific song until the bridal party entered. She did not do this and they then had to repeat the song.

Also, we dropped off the favors and some decorations so they could set them up. I also had a friend coming to set up some bigger decorations. I have no idea why but they left EVERYTHING up to my friend and didn't set up ANYTHING.

I'm very sad that the attention to detail I gave for my wedding wasn't reciprocated by Catering by Uptown.
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We mostly dealt with Jeff leading up to our wedding. The way in which he spoke to us was rude and condescending. He also lied to us on several occasions. The first was when he told us there was no minimum if we had our wedding on a weekday, then later upped it to 75 people.

At our planning meeting we asked if we could have our rehearsal on the weekend before our wedding, and he said "no problem". When I e-mailed to set it up, he insisted he never said that and we couldn't have a it on the weekend. He then said our cocktail hour would be outside, and that the dinner tables would be moved inward in the tent so it didn't look empty (as we only had 100 people at our wedding in a tent that sits 250). Neither of these things were done.

I then told him I wanted a head table instead of a sweetheart table, and was very specific in the way I wanted the recessional (since I had guys on my side, I didn't want the bridal party walking down in pairs). He began arguing with me at the rehearsal in front of everyone when I was telling him what I wanted.

The day-of coordinator was an absolute joke. She didn't have our list of special meals and CAME TO ME asking me to remember all of them prior to the reception. Then, the table where my in-laws were to be seated was short 2 chairs and she AGAIN came to me asking what to do. THEY ARE THE IN-LAWS, THEY CAN SIT WHEREVER THEY WANT. Why was she coming to me asking about this? Also, the ceremony was almost ruined after I told her to tell the quartet to hold off playing a specific song until the bridal party entered. She did not do this and they then had to repeat the song.

Also, we dropped off the favors and some decorations so they could set them up. I also had a friend coming to set up some bigger decorations. I have no idea why but they left EVERYTHING up to my friend and didn't set up ANYTHING.

I'm very sad that the attention to detail I gave for my wedding wasn't reciprocated by Catering by Uptown. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Caitlin
Wedding:
9/14/2013
2.5/5.0
CBU was ok. Trying to be brief so I can cram it all in, have a long version I can send if you message me. LOTS of issues.
Venue was gorgeous and day of execution team was excellent. I will remember the day with nothing but fondness.
The food was good, fine. Not foodie approved. Steak was well done, which is overcooked in my mind and me and the boy were supposed to get medium - medium/rare, seared tuna cooked through. Nothing was bad, some things were excellent. You won't be disappointed but it won't be the highlight of your day. They use a third party vendor for cake and they are AWESOME!
The planning team left a lot to be desired. Very understaffed, kind of disorganized. I asked if they could make a family recipe for a hand-around appetizer. I told them it was fine if they couldn't because there was a specialty ingredient that was hard to find. Owner told me, almost verbatim, that he would go to every grocery store in Annapolis if he had to to make this happen. I confirmed that they would have this appetizer with my coordinator a few days out. They didn't serve them. Now if they'd told me they couldn't mass produce this? Fine, but I looked stupid because I told my family we'd have it and then it just wasn't there. 10 days out my POC was hospitalized due to chest pains. Not knowing this I continued to email her and waited 5/6 days for a response. When I finally called they TOLD me she'd been in the hospital but that she was working from home now. Now, I'm not heartless, my wedding is not important enough for someone with chest pains to be working on but I feel like they should have had a backup plan and that no one should have told me anything other than 'she's out sick, so and so will be your POC until she's back.'
I rented a projector for a slideshow through them. They said show up with a computer and a cable. We did, didn't work. DJ saved the day and had someone drive over a DVD player from his office but this would have been a big disappointment.
CBU was ok. Trying to be brief so I can cram it all in, have a long version I can send if you message me. LOTS of Read more...
CBU was ok. Trying to be brief so I can cram it all in, have a long version I can send if you message me. LOTS of issues.
Venue was gorgeous and day of execution team was excellent. I will remember the day with nothing but fondness.
The food was good, fine. Not foodie approved. Steak was well done, which is overcooked in my mind and me and the boy were supposed to get medium - medium/rare, seared tuna cooked through. Nothing was bad, some things were excellent. You won't be disappointed but it won't be the highlight of your day. They use a third party vendor for cake and they are AWESOME!
The planning team left a lot to be desired. Very understaffed, kind of disorganized. I asked if they could make a family recipe for a hand-around appetizer. I told them it was fine if they couldn't because there was a specialty ingredient that was hard to find. Owner told me, almost verbatim, that he would go to every grocery store in Annapolis if he had to to make this happen. I confirmed that they would have this appetizer with my coordinator a few days out. They didn't serve them. Now if they'd told me they couldn't mass produce this? Fine, but I looked stupid because I told my family we'd have it and then it just wasn't there. 10 days out my POC was hospitalized due to chest pains. Not knowing this I continued to email her and waited 5/6 days for a response. When I finally called they TOLD me she'd been in the hospital but that she was working from home now. Now, I'm not heartless, my wedding is not important enough for someone with chest pains to be working on but I feel like they should have had a backup plan and that no one should have told me anything other than 'she's out sick, so and so will be your POC until she's back.'
I rented a projector for a slideshow through them. They said show up with a computer and a cable. We did, didn't work. DJ saved the day and had someone drive over a DVD player from his office but this would have been a big disappointment. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Sheila
Wedding:
4/12/2013
2.5/5.0
I would not recommend this business for a wedding! They make it seem as though your wedding day is gonna be perfect and that they are the professionals that did not turn out to be the case, here are the facts - they tell you that the bride and groom will have there own servers for cocktail hour that did not happen at all, our cocktail hour was appaulding to say the least, we were to have open bar, the guests were not allowed in the tent to get alcohol during cocktail hour (until some guests got frustrated and demanded it) They had staff that showed up late (30 minutes before wedding). Venue which was Waverly mansion was not kept up well, llight bulbs burnt out, table turned over on floor and stink bugs eerywhere. It started to rain and wedding presents were outside, guests told coordinator about it and did nothing so our guests moved presents inside themselves. The head table was not set up for correct number of people even though it was listed on the website what the number of people were. Servers took food from guests before it was finished, and end of night they started cleaning things up and throwing out things which were our own personal items without asking, The cake top for the one year anniversay was smashed and put into a plastic container with a box over it with magic markers in it.

We have three typed pages of complaints so needlless to say if you want your wedding day to be your perfect day I would NOT recommend this business!

I usually do not do reviews but I really would hate to see anyone go through what we are going through with this company.
I would not recommend this business for a wedding! They make it seem as though your wedding day is gonna be perfect and Read more...
I would not recommend this business for a wedding! They make it seem as though your wedding day is gonna be perfect and that they are the professionals that did not turn out to be the case, here are the facts - they tell you that the bride and groom will have there own servers for cocktail hour that did not happen at all, our cocktail hour was appaulding to say the least, we were to have open bar, the guests were not allowed in the tent to get alcohol during cocktail hour (until some guests got frustrated and demanded it) They had staff that showed up late (30 minutes before wedding). Venue which was Waverly mansion was not kept up well, llight bulbs burnt out, table turned over on floor and stink bugs eerywhere. It started to rain and wedding presents were outside, guests told coordinator about it and did nothing so our guests moved presents inside themselves. The head table was not set up for correct number of people even though it was listed on the website what the number of people were. Servers took food from guests before it was finished, and end of night they started cleaning things up and throwing out things which were our own personal items without asking, The cake top for the one year anniversay was smashed and put into a plastic container with a box over it with magic markers in it.

We have three typed pages of complaints so needlless to say if you want your wedding day to be your perfect day I would NOT recommend this business!

I usually do not do reviews but I really would hate to see anyone go through what we are going through with this company. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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kt1andonly
Wedding:
7/4/2010
2.5/5.0
Regarding quality of service, uptown screwed up in quite a few ways, including messing up vegetarian meals, changing/ omitting some parts of the hor'doureves (guacamole was not served with the quesadilla, used the wrong caviar after repeated requests), not providing someone to serve drinks before the ceremony, just leaving them out unattended, non-uniform cooking of the steaks (most were perfectly cooked, but some, including the bride's and groom's was way overcooked). However, the whole experience was a bit offputting from the start, because we were promised as many tastings as was necessary in order to get exactly what we wanted, for example, a specific hor'dourve not on their menu, that they promised they could make for us and ended up not what we wanted. Early on, i decided we should have a tasting to start solidifying the menu, after we signed the contract. I sent several emails to uptown, stating that we were interested in some specific items to try, and they did not respond. when we showed up for the tasting, they were totally unprepared and we were not served the items we requested, mostly things that we had already tried at the first tasting, where they are trying to convince you to sign with them. Then, we were told that this would be our final tasting, which really upset me because not only were they ill prepared, they were renegging on what they promised, ample time to decide. I felt pressured to pick final menu items, even when we hadnt tasted them, because they told us it was the only option. after that, i decided to discuss with uptown my concerns, and the responsiveness improved. THey allowed us a tasting to taste the items we had chosen, and we discovered we didn't like a lot of them. so we were happy that we got to change some. On the wedding day, we had a good experience overall, since they are organized, despite messing up a few food items. on the day of, jeff was very organized and had everyone moving when they had to. also noted, the florist that they are connected with, kim tyson for my flower box, omitted and changed several of the components that were supposed to be in our arrangements, and were paid for. OVerall, good job, people enjoyed the food, but i still am left with the feeling that we weren't given what we were promised when we signed the contract. In a way, they made me feel like i was just another client/bride running through their corporate machine, despite them repeating, "This is your day" to be over and over again. if i were to pick a different caterer in hindsight, i would have.
Regarding quality of service, uptown screwed up in quite a few ways, including messing up vegetarian meals, changing/ Read more...
Regarding quality of service, uptown screwed up in quite a few ways, including messing up vegetarian meals, changing/ omitting some parts of the hor'doureves (guacamole was not served with the quesadilla, used the wrong caviar after repeated requests), not providing someone to serve drinks before the ceremony, just leaving them out unattended, non-uniform cooking of the steaks (most were perfectly cooked, but some, including the bride's and groom's was way overcooked). However, the whole experience was a bit offputting from the start, because we were promised as many tastings as was necessary in order to get exactly what we wanted, for example, a specific hor'dourve not on their menu, that they promised they could make for us and ended up not what we wanted. Early on, i decided we should have a tasting to start solidifying the menu, after we signed the contract. I sent several emails to uptown, stating that we were interested in some specific items to try, and they did not respond. when we showed up for the tasting, they were totally unprepared and we were not served the items we requested, mostly things that we had already tried at the first tasting, where they are trying to convince you to sign with them. Then, we were told that this would be our final tasting, which really upset me because not only were they ill prepared, they were renegging on what they promised, ample time to decide. I felt pressured to pick final menu items, even when we hadnt tasted them, because they told us it was the only option. after that, i decided to discuss with uptown my concerns, and the responsiveness improved. THey allowed us a tasting to taste the items we had chosen, and we discovered we didn't like a lot of them. so we were happy that we got to change some. On the wedding day, we had a good experience overall, since they are organized, despite messing up a few food items. on the day of, jeff was very organized and had everyone moving when they had to. also noted, the florist that they are connected with, kim tyson for my flower box, omitted and changed several of the components that were supposed to be in our arrangements, and were paid for. OVerall, good job, people enjoyed the food, but i still am left with the feeling that we weren't given what we were promised when we signed the contract. In a way, they made me feel like i was just another client/bride running through their corporate machine, despite them repeating, "This is your day" to be over and over again. if i were to pick a different caterer in hindsight, i would have. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/11/2013
2.2/5.0
Although my husband and I look back to our wedding day happily, we were not thrilled with the service by Catering by Uptown. First, Waverly Mansion is a beautiful ceremony location. It is clean, unique and kept well. However, Catering by Uptown was disogranized and created a lot of stress for our day. The tasting was overcrowded. It took my husband 15-20 minutes to get cake samples. The other food was lukewarm, the fish did not taste fresh, and none of the appetizers were labeled, so we didn't always know what we were eating. They worked with us to create a unique, and much better, menu. However, at our second tasting, the planner had no background on our wedding, she didn't know the entire menu we were tasting, and she didn't even take the time to charge her computer so she could update everything in a timely manner. The day of coordinator was also really disorganized. She lit our "unity" candle for the ceremony before the ceremony started. She did not put out the bubbles we bought for everyone on the ceremony chairs. It was raining, however, the floor was not quickly wiped up between the ceremony and reception. During our first dance the floor was extremely slippery. The mother of the bride slipped on the wet floor and almost all the women had to take off their shoes. The "teal" uplighting we requested for the event was orange and they did not change all of it when I brought it to their attention. The day of coordinator messed up numerous meal preferences although I provided her a detailed list of everything 2 days before the event. This led to the bride fixing these errors while I was supposed to be eating. They did not fill mine, or my husband's, wine or champagne glasses at the table until we were almost done eating. Further, after I accidentally left a sentimental item at the mansion, it took me 2 weeks and speaking to 3 different people to get it back. Overall, it was exhausting to work with this company for the amount of money we paid.
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Although my husband and I look back to our wedding day happily, we were not thrilled with the service by Catering by Uptown. First, Waverly Mansion is a beautiful ceremony location. It is clean, unique and kept well. However, Catering by Uptown was disogranized and created a lot of stress for our day. The tasting was overcrowded. It took my husband 15-20 minutes to get cake samples. The other food was lukewarm, the fish did not taste fresh, and none of the appetizers were labeled, so we didn't always know what we were eating. They worked with us to create a unique, and much better, menu. However, at our second tasting, the planner had no background on our wedding, she didn't know the entire menu we were tasting, and she didn't even take the time to charge her computer so she could update everything in a timely manner. The day of coordinator was also really disorganized. She lit our "unity" candle for the ceremony before the ceremony started. She did not put out the bubbles we bought for everyone on the ceremony chairs. It was raining, however, the floor was not quickly wiped up between the ceremony and reception. During our first dance the floor was extremely slippery. The mother of the bride slipped on the wet floor and almost all the women had to take off their shoes. The "teal" uplighting we requested for the event was orange and they did not change all of it when I brought it to their attention. The day of coordinator messed up numerous meal preferences although I provided her a detailed list of everything 2 days before the event. This led to the bride fixing these errors while I was supposed to be eating. They did not fill mine, or my husband's, wine or champagne glasses at the table until we were almost done eating. Further, after I accidentally left a sentimental item at the mansion, it took me 2 weeks and speaking to 3 different people to get it back. Overall, it was exhausting to work with this company for the amount of money we paid. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Chantel
Wedding:
9/2/2011
2.1/5.0
It is unfortunate I cannot give Uptown a better rating. My experience with Uptown started off VERY well! However, two weeks before the event, I was told although I paid for 178 people only 173 would be accounted for because these five guests weren’t 100% certain they would attend (we had a death in the family and two of our friends gave birth a few weeks before the event). I was told by Emily that Uptown doesn’t like to waste food on “maybes”! To say the least, after voicing my concern, she went back and included all guests.

Per my contract, guests were to be greeted with lemonade upon their arrival. However, a pitcher of lemonade was simply placed outside the door minutes before the event began-most guests didn’t see it nor receive any. As one guest stated "I saw it by the keyboard but I didn’t know it was for us". After the ceremony, guests were to be greeted with sparkling cider with strawberries and Perrier with lime. Only my wedding party received butlered sparkling cider-no strawberries, no Perrier, and no limes! Our guests weren’t greeted with a single drink! Our contract states we would receive a four tier cake decorated with a pearl design however we received a three tier cake with a different design. Because my event was outside, I wanted one of the rooms inside the venue to serve as a sitting area for guests. That room was completely EMPTY. As a result, my guests were forced to bring chairs from the outside tent into the venue for my grandmother and aunts. Lastly, we selected chocolate covered strawberries for our “sweet endings” but only select tables received them.

We met our day-of-coordinator (Jeff) in person for the first time an hour before the event. He reached out to us via phone two days before the event. There were a lot of people who had their hand in the planning process. We found ourselves having to repeat our vision over and over which in the end caused huge break-downs in communication and left my husband and I very dissatisfied. I highly recommend that bride’s work with one person from start to finish and have every promise in writing in order to avoid any unnecessary confusion and broken promises. That was a huge lessoned learned for us! We thought we developed trusting friendships with the planners but in the end, business is business…their ultimate goal is to make money! SO GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING!

I filed a written complaint with one of the managers. That manager put me in contact with our day-of-coordinator Jeff who definitely insulted my intelligence. In my opinion, with quality customer service, you do not validate things you do wrong by listing things you did right. I think that is very distasteful. I settled with a cake refund and a lesson learned!

I’m reading through the other comments. The majority of brides were very satisfied with Uptown. What did we do to be treated so poorly? It’s really unfortunate! Uptown should have been the foundation of my weddings success. Based on my experience, I will not recommend this caterer to other brides. And for those who use Uptown, I pray Uptown learns from my experience and you receive the wedding you truly dream of!
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It is unfortunate I cannot give Uptown a better rating. My experience with Uptown started off VERY well! However, two weeks before the event, I was told although I paid for 178 people only 173 would be accounted for because these five guests weren’t 100% certain they would attend (we had a death in the family and two of our friends gave birth a few weeks before the event). I was told by Emily that Uptown doesn’t like to waste food on “maybes”! To say the least, after voicing my concern, she went back and included all guests.

Per my contract, guests were to be greeted with lemonade upon their arrival. However, a pitcher of lemonade was simply placed outside the door minutes before the event began-most guests didn’t see it nor receive any. As one guest stated "I saw it by the keyboard but I didn’t know it was for us". After the ceremony, guests were to be greeted with sparkling cider with strawberries and Perrier with lime. Only my wedding party received butlered sparkling cider-no strawberries, no Perrier, and no limes! Our guests weren’t greeted with a single drink! Our contract states we would receive a four tier cake decorated with a pearl design however we received a three tier cake with a different design. Because my event was outside, I wanted one of the rooms inside the venue to serve as a sitting area for guests. That room was completely EMPTY. As a result, my guests were forced to bring chairs from the outside tent into the venue for my grandmother and aunts. Lastly, we selected chocolate covered strawberries for our “sweet endings” but only select tables received them.

We met our day-of-coordinator (Jeff) in person for the first time an hour before the event. He reached out to us via phone two days before the event. There were a lot of people who had their hand in the planning process. We found ourselves having to repeat our vision over and over which in the end caused huge break-downs in communication and left my husband and I very dissatisfied. I highly recommend that bride’s work with one person from start to finish and have every promise in writing in order to avoid any unnecessary confusion and broken promises. That was a huge lessoned learned for us! We thought we developed trusting friendships with the planners but in the end, business is business…their ultimate goal is to make money! SO GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING!

I filed a written complaint with one of the managers. That manager put me in contact with our day-of-coordinator Jeff who definitely insulted my intelligence. In my opinion, with quality customer service, you do not validate things you do wrong by listing things you did right. I think that is very distasteful. I settled with a cake refund and a lesson learned!

I’m reading through the other comments. The majority of brides were very satisfied with Uptown. What did we do to be treated so poorly? It’s really unfortunate! Uptown should have been the foundation of my weddings success. Based on my experience, I will not recommend this caterer to other brides. And for those who use Uptown, I pray Uptown learns from my experience and you receive the wedding you truly dream of! Read less
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weddedbliss
Wedding:
5/22/2011
2.0/5.0
We were VERY disappointed with Catering By Uptown. We had heard good things about them, so decided to shell out the extra money to go with them as they were more expensive than the other caterers we were considering. From the time we signed the contract, it was one disaster after another. After signing the contract, we were told to email to set up a planning meeting. When they emailed back, we were told we could have the planning meeting at the group tasting they had set up. We live in Fairfax, VA and the tasting was in Beltsville, MD at 6pm on a Wednesday. But, we left early and dealt with the traffic, only to learn that there were 200 other people at this tasting, which was a glorified marketing event, where they were trying to get new business, and we would have little ability to talk to any staff there to get questions answered about our wedding. At the end of the night, we did get 5 minutes to talk with our contact, who talked down to us and treated us like we were nervous children, when what we were was disappointed customers who were told that we would get to have a planning meeting, where clearly we could not. So, we emailed again, to try to set up an actual planning meeting, and no one wrote us back. We emailed several times with no response back. Finally my husband-to-be had to call up and yell at them, which finally got their attention. Their excuse was that the guy we were emailing took a different job and that was why he didn’t respond, though we saw him there, at each of the planning meetings/tastings we had, clearly doing the same job, so we were flat out lied to. They continued to be very unresponsive during the whole planning phase, unprofessional in the tone/attitude they took with us, often talking down to us and treating us like infants (multiple staff members!).

We finally scheduled our planning meeting, which actually went alright. Then we were assigned a planner, who we could meet with for the next time we came. The planner they assigned to us seemed very inexperienced. I could write all day about the things that she messed up! To give a sample, at our planning meeting, where we selected our menu and other details for the day, we made decisions that were then supposed to be added to our website, including a timeline for the reception, which I wrote out for her on paper and gave it to her. When our website was changed, what showed up was not what we asked for at all. The menu was completely wrong, as was the timeline, which all she had to do was copy into the website planner from the paper I gave her. When I told her it was wrong and inquired if she still had the paper where I wrote down the timeline, she said she lost it, and asked if I could give it to her again. A couple other examples, were my mother wanted to renumber some of the table numbers on the floor plan at the reception. I asked her if we could switch the table numbers for tables 1 and 3. She switched table 3 to be table 1, but didn’t switch table 1 to be table 3, so there were two table 1s on the floor plan! Also, since we were planning to do our ceremony outside, our venue required a “Plan A” floor plan for the ceremony/cocktail hour/reception and a “Plan B” in case of rain. When the planner created the floor plans, I also asked for cocktail tables outside, if it were nice. She created the rain floor plan for the ceremony, and then placed the cocktail tables outside… on the rain floor plan, but not for the Plan A floor plan! I had to tell her that if it were raining and we weren’t having the ceremony outside, we would likely not going be having the cocktail hour outside either, and she needed to switch those outside tables to “Plan A.” And there were many more of these type of blunders. It would have been nice deal with someone a little more competent.

Also, the company boasts their “online animated processional tool” which they say is so good that it can take the place of an actual rehearsal. Far from it! Besides, not being user friendly at all, there was no way to edit the tool to change the order it had people walking in the recessional. After spending hours trying to figure out how to set up the processional on a non-user friendly tool (clicking on the help menu says, “Coming Soon”), when I asked how to edit it, without knowing the answer, the planner “reset” the tool, erasing everything I had spent hours to put in place. Fortunately, their IT guy was very nice and fixed it for me after that. So, we had numerous problems and tons of frustration with Catering By Uptown during the planning phase. They also messed up so many seemingly extremely easy things, but then never apologized or admit they messed anything up.

Day of the wedding, there were some glitches, though overall things went ok. A couple of the glitches: They confused 2 rooms that were supposed to be set up with hors d'oeuvres and champagne, putting them in the wrong room. Also, the chicken dish we selected had some sort of sauce on it that was not what we selected and asked for during the tasting, which we were not happy about. We were supposed to have a private waitress, who we saw once all night. In fact, the DJ offered to get us drinks, as no one from the wait staff was paying attention to us. After the event, they lost the picture frame we gave them to use for our specialty drink sign. They finally found it, and mailed it back to us….completely broken.

All in all, to put it mildly, we were very disappointed with our experience with Catering By Uptown. We were very pleased with all of our other wedding vendors, but these people were awful. I would not recommend them to anyone and wish we had chosen someone else.
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We were VERY disappointed with Catering By Uptown. We had heard good things about them, so decided to shell out the extra money to go with them as they were more expensive than the other caterers we were considering. From the time we signed the contract, it was one disaster after another. After signing the contract, we were told to email to set up a planning meeting. When they emailed back, we were told we could have the planning meeting at the group tasting they had set up. We live in Fairfax, VA and the tasting was in Beltsville, MD at 6pm on a Wednesday. But, we left early and dealt with the traffic, only to learn that there were 200 other people at this tasting, which was a glorified marketing event, where they were trying to get new business, and we would have little ability to talk to any staff there to get questions answered about our wedding. At the end of the night, we did get 5 minutes to talk with our contact, who talked down to us and treated us like we were nervous children, when what we were was disappointed customers who were told that we would get to have a planning meeting, where clearly we could not. So, we emailed again, to try to set up an actual planning meeting, and no one wrote us back. We emailed several times with no response back. Finally my husband-to-be had to call up and yell at them, which finally got their attention. Their excuse was that the guy we were emailing took a different job and that was why he didn’t respond, though we saw him there, at each of the planning meetings/tastings we had, clearly doing the same job, so we were flat out lied to. They continued to be very unresponsive during the whole planning phase, unprofessional in the tone/attitude they took with us, often talking down to us and treating us like infants (multiple staff members!).

We finally scheduled our planning meeting, which actually went alright. Then we were assigned a planner, who we could meet with for the next time we came. The planner they assigned to us seemed very inexperienced. I could write all day about the things that she messed up! To give a sample, at our planning meeting, where we selected our menu and other details for the day, we made decisions that were then supposed to be added to our website, including a timeline for the reception, which I wrote out for her on paper and gave it to her. When our website was changed, what showed up was not what we asked for at all. The menu was completely wrong, as was the timeline, which all she had to do was copy into the website planner from the paper I gave her. When I told her it was wrong and inquired if she still had the paper where I wrote down the timeline, she said she lost it, and asked if I could give it to her again. A couple other examples, were my mother wanted to renumber some of the table numbers on the floor plan at the reception. I asked her if we could switch the table numbers for tables 1 and 3. She switched table 3 to be table 1, but didn’t switch table 1 to be table 3, so there were two table 1s on the floor plan! Also, since we were planning to do our ceremony outside, our venue required a “Plan A” floor plan for the ceremony/cocktail hour/reception and a “Plan B” in case of rain. When the planner created the floor plans, I also asked for cocktail tables outside, if it were nice. She created the rain floor plan for the ceremony, and then placed the cocktail tables outside… on the rain floor plan, but not for the Plan A floor plan! I had to tell her that if it were raining and we weren’t having the ceremony outside, we would likely not going be having the cocktail hour outside either, and she needed to switch those outside tables to “Plan A.” And there were many more of these type of blunders. It would have been nice deal with someone a little more competent.

Also, the company boasts their “online animated processional tool” which they say is so good that it can take the place of an actual rehearsal. Far from it! Besides, not being user friendly at all, there was no way to edit the tool to change the order it had people walking in the recessional. After spending hours trying to figure out how to set up the processional on a non-user friendly tool (clicking on the help menu says, “Coming Soon”), when I asked how to edit it, without knowing the answer, the planner “reset” the tool, erasing everything I had spent hours to put in place. Fortunately, their IT guy was very nice and fixed it for me after that. So, we had numerous problems and tons of frustration with Catering By Uptown during the planning phase. They also messed up so many seemingly extremely easy things, but then never apologized or admit they messed anything up.

Day of the wedding, there were some glitches, though overall things went ok. A couple of the glitches: They confused 2 rooms that were supposed to be set up with hors d'oeuvres and champagne, putting them in the wrong room. Also, the chicken dish we selected had some sort of sauce on it that was not what we selected and asked for during the tasting, which we were not happy about. We were supposed to have a private waitress, who we saw once all night. In fact, the DJ offered to get us drinks, as no one from the wait staff was paying attention to us. After the event, they lost the picture frame we gave them to use for our specialty drink sign. They finally found it, and mailed it back to us….completely broken.

All in all, to put it mildly, we were very disappointed with our experience with Catering By Uptown. We were very pleased with all of our other wedding vendors, but these people were awful. I would not recommend them to anyone and wish we had chosen someone else. Read less
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Stacey
Wedding:
7/3/2011
1.8/5.0
Unfortunately, this was a horrible experience. My venue was new and they were not prepared at all. They didn't have faith the the venue was going to be ready by then so I think they thought they didn't need to prepare for my wedding. I finally got to me with the person doing my wedding two days before and they still had no clue how it was going to flow. The food was good and everyone enjoyed it. The day of was fine but days leading up to it was horrible.
Unfortunately, this was a horrible experience. My venue was new and they were not prepared at all. They didn't have faith Read more...
Unfortunately, this was a horrible experience. My venue was new and they were not prepared at all. They didn't have faith the the venue was going to be ready by then so I think they thought they didn't need to prepare for my wedding. I finally got to me with the person doing my wedding two days before and they still had no clue how it was going to flow. The food was good and everyone enjoyed it. The day of was fine but days leading up to it was horrible. Read less
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David
Wedding:
3/20/2010
1.8/5.0
I would NOT recommend this company to anyone. We had our reception at one of their locations. We had our contract with another company who went out of business. Uptown took and we had no idea. We had several discounts that the previous company advised they would give us and the owner (Suzanne) of Catering by Uptown said, "I don't care, we are not honoring that contract". She didn't tell me this until about 6 weeks or so prior to the event. We were given a few of the discounts that were promised but not all. That was not acceptable to us. We felt our contract should have been honored as written and if not, they should have told us months prior that they were not honoring it so we could go elsewhere. As for the day of the wedding, the place was decorated nicely. Eileen, the coordinator, was fine. The food was so-so with the meat items cold and dry. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
I would NOT recommend this company to anyone. We had our reception at one of their locations. We had our contract with Read more...
I would NOT recommend this company to anyone. We had our reception at one of their locations. We had our contract with another company who went out of business. Uptown took and we had no idea. We had several discounts that the previous company advised they would give us and the owner (Suzanne) of Catering by Uptown said, "I don't care, we are not honoring that contract". She didn't tell me this until about 6 weeks or so prior to the event. We were given a few of the discounts that were promised but not all. That was not acceptable to us. We felt our contract should have been honored as written and if not, they should have told us months prior that they were not honoring it so we could go elsewhere. As for the day of the wedding, the place was decorated nicely. Eileen, the coordinator, was fine. The food was so-so with the meat items cold and dry. I would not recommend this place to anyone. Read less
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smiler
Wedding:
5/27/2008
1.8/5.0
When we first met with Suzanne, I was very impressed. It took awhile for
us to figure out that it was all an act.Suzanne told us that she would
serve as a wedding planner, and that we would not need to hire one. She
did nothing but give a list of vendors to contact on our own.
For months before our wedding she would not reply to me or my family- or would
take up to 3 weeks to respond to a assistant or email. When the wedding
got closer she was more responsive, and we felt more at ease. The food at
the tasting was amazing- unfortunatey it hardly resembled the food at the
wedding. The fish sauce on the fish that we had specially requested was
not there, instead the fish were close to dry, the filet mignon with
mushrooms, was missing the mushroom, and was tough. The red potatoes were
replaced by cheap plain ones, the pears in the salad were brown. The
international coffee bar we specially planned out was never set up.
Champagne was served warm and without the strawberries that were supposed
to be in the glasses.
But, I think the worst offense was that she
promised to be there throughout the wedding- and coordinate everything.
She showed up at the beginning, and close to the end- pretending like she
had been there the whole time. She left everything in the hands of her
very unexperienced assistant- it may have even been this girl's first
wedding! And she defintely did not know what she was doing. The assistant
pulled me away from the party several times to help her out with things
that we had already gone over again and again.
We still had a greatwedding, but as good as Uptown Catering presented them selves, they defintely did not live up to expectations.
When we first met with Suzanne, I was very impressed. It took awhile for
us to figure out that it was all an Read more...
When we first met with Suzanne, I was very impressed. It took awhile for
us to figure out that it was all an act.Suzanne told us that she would
serve as a wedding planner, and that we would not need to hire one. She
did nothing but give a list of vendors to contact on our own.
For months before our wedding she would not reply to me or my family- or would
take up to 3 weeks to respond to a assistant or email. When the wedding
got closer she was more responsive, and we felt more at ease. The food at
the tasting was amazing- unfortunatey it hardly resembled the food at the
wedding. The fish sauce on the fish that we had specially requested was
not there, instead the fish were close to dry, the filet mignon with
mushrooms, was missing the mushroom, and was tough. The red potatoes were
replaced by cheap plain ones, the pears in the salad were brown. The
international coffee bar we specially planned out was never set up.
Champagne was served warm and without the strawberries that were supposed
to be in the glasses.
But, I think the worst offense was that she
promised to be there throughout the wedding- and coordinate everything.
She showed up at the beginning, and close to the end- pretending like she
had been there the whole time. She left everything in the hands of her
very unexperienced assistant- it may have even been this girl's first
wedding! And she defintely did not know what she was doing. The assistant
pulled me away from the party several times to help her out with things
that we had already gone over again and again.
We still had a greatwedding, but as good as Uptown Catering presented them selves, they defintely did not live up to expectations. Read less
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rubi
Wedding:
7/12/2014
1.5/5.0
I chose the venue because after my initial meeting with them, it sounded as though they were a well oiled machine and would make my dream wedding come true. Unfortunately, that was far from the case. I was bounced around between different points of contacts that all gave me different information (our initial contact was fired, another quit... which my husband and I found out after numerous unanswered emails). I was promised certain things by the different members I spoke with on the planning team, which was never passed to the next person they decided to hand me off to. (i.e. I was told that since I would be the only wedding on the day of my wedding, that they would open up the deck of the other side of the venue and place high top tables.. the gate was locked on the day of and no tables in sight)

They promise you that a day of event coordinator will be assigned to you 2 weeks before your day, I was told at my planning meeting that I would have someone contact me 4 weeks before my wedding date. In reality, I was contacted by my coordinator 4 days before my wedding. After copious notes and my insistence to let me know if she had any questions.. on the day of the wedding, she was clueless as to what I wanted. She was very nice, but told me that she pretty much was not responsible for ANYTHING on the actual day.

When I arrived an hour before my wedding, the wedding party from the afternoon was still there and completely took over the parking garage, my vendors and wedding party had nowhere to park. The guests from the tent were using the restrooms at our venue. It was so chaotic and super disappointing because I definitely did not feel as though our wedding was of any importance to the venue and coordinator.

During the reception, we had to change the order of events because champagne was not ready during the time of the toast. By the time for the toast, half of the tables did not have their champagne and toasted with water.

Not worth the price.
I chose the venue because after my initial meeting with them, it sounded as though they were a well oiled machine and Read more...
I chose the venue because after my initial meeting with them, it sounded as though they were a well oiled machine and would make my dream wedding come true. Unfortunately, that was far from the case. I was bounced around between different points of contacts that all gave me different information (our initial contact was fired, another quit... which my husband and I found out after numerous unanswered emails). I was promised certain things by the different members I spoke with on the planning team, which was never passed to the next person they decided to hand me off to. (i.e. I was told that since I would be the only wedding on the day of my wedding, that they would open up the deck of the other side of the venue and place high top tables.. the gate was locked on the day of and no tables in sight)

They promise you that a day of event coordinator will be assigned to you 2 weeks before your day, I was told at my planning meeting that I would have someone contact me 4 weeks before my wedding date. In reality, I was contacted by my coordinator 4 days before my wedding. After copious notes and my insistence to let me know if she had any questions.. on the day of the wedding, she was clueless as to what I wanted. She was very nice, but told me that she pretty much was not responsible for ANYTHING on the actual day.

When I arrived an hour before my wedding, the wedding party from the afternoon was still there and completely took over the parking garage, my vendors and wedding party had nowhere to park. The guests from the tent were using the restrooms at our venue. It was so chaotic and super disappointing because I definitely did not feel as though our wedding was of any importance to the venue and coordinator.

During the reception, we had to change the order of events because champagne was not ready during the time of the toast. By the time for the toast, half of the tables did not have their champagne and toasted with water.

Not worth the price. Read less
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Jon
Wedding:
9/24/2010
0.8/5.0
I understand outsourcing to increase revenue margin, but I absolutely felt like I was helpless and almost looked down upon by the staff for not speaking Spanish.

First and foremost you will pay a large percentage more for this venue then their competition. You’re sold on the fact that you will have exceptional service, and the wedding you always have dreamed of. That is a complete lie. These people are the used car sales men of the wedding world.

A substantial percentage of the staff are immigrants’, and do not speak ANY English. I asked multiple times what was in a dish, or for a drink, only to receive a wondering look. I had to ask 3 different people for a glass of water. People literally stood at the bar explaining over and over again what was in a particular drink only to receive something not even close.

To top it off, we ended up having some our gifts stolen. When we confronted the owner she indicated that it was our fault and that we should of “assigned someone to watch them the entire night”. When we indicated this was not acceptable, she told us basically to f off and that we should subpoena our own guests. I’m not angry about the fact, we really just called to check if they had camera’s, and they instantly took an aggressive stance. An apology is all we were looking for, and a suggestion of installing cameras to save other people the trouble.

Facing the embarrassment of call our guests and asking to cancel their checks because they were stolen, tainted our wedding day.

Although the venue is scenically pleasing, it’s not what they pitch. You will be disappointed, and god forbid something go wrong. They already have been paid, and will treat you horribly.
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I understand outsourcing to increase revenue margin, but I absolutely felt like I was helpless and almost looked down upon by the staff for not speaking Spanish.

First and foremost you will pay a large percentage more for this venue then their competition. You’re sold on the fact that you will have exceptional service, and the wedding you always have dreamed of. That is a complete lie. These people are the used car sales men of the wedding world.

A substantial percentage of the staff are immigrants’, and do not speak ANY English. I asked multiple times what was in a dish, or for a drink, only to receive a wondering look. I had to ask 3 different people for a glass of water. People literally stood at the bar explaining over and over again what was in a particular drink only to receive something not even close.

To top it off, we ended up having some our gifts stolen. When we confronted the owner she indicated that it was our fault and that we should of “assigned someone to watch them the entire night”. When we indicated this was not acceptable, she told us basically to f off and that we should subpoena our own guests. I’m not angry about the fact, we really just called to check if they had camera’s, and they instantly took an aggressive stance. An apology is all we were looking for, and a suggestion of installing cameras to save other people the trouble.

Facing the embarrassment of call our guests and asking to cancel their checks because they were stolen, tainted our wedding day.

Although the venue is scenically pleasing, it’s not what they pitch. You will be disappointed, and god forbid something go wrong. They already have been paid, and will treat you horribly. Read less
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Carol
Wedding:
7/20/2013
0.7/5.0
My daughter's dream day could not have been anymore of a nightmare @ the Town & Country location. It was the hottest day of the year and supposedly the "air conditioning" froze up. There were NO fans to move the stifling hot air, our guests stood outside for cocktail hour to "cool off" on a 95 degree day. We barely saw any appetizers, groom had to tell waitress to go outside to serve our guests. No salad dressing on the tables, barely any on the salad. 2 guests had FLIES IN THEIR FOOD!! How embarrassing and disgusting! Was the backdoor open to "cool off the kitchen"?? One can only assume so and the critters hid under the lettus to cool off! The floor ballroom floor was filthy dirty, tables not set as the seating chart so family members were all mixed up across the room. The head table was 2 seats short, incorrect center pieces. My bedroom closet is bigger than the bridal suite, no appetizers were served to us in ther, we were so cramped we mingled with our guests outside to cool off. The help was rude, maybe hot!? One waiter snapped at my 80 year old mother when she asked for a drink and I was told by several other guests the same person was rude to them as well. I was refused a drink at the end of cocktail hour yet the person before me was served, I would think my gown might indicate I might possibly be paying their salary for the night!! The party planner called the owner who "supposedly" came over to check out the situation but never had the courtesy to speak with us nor to offer any compensation for the problem. He could have picked up a few fans along the way. Our photos were so incredibly rushed because they had to change the room over for dinner but because it was so hot they tried to do it more quickly so the pictures of our daughter's special day were SO rushed and she'll never have that moment back again - ever!! Not to mention our hair and make up melted - we looked like we ran a marathon! This was an expensive, embarrassing heartbreak!
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My daughter's dream day could not have been anymore of a nightmare @ the Town & Country location. It was the hottest day of the year and supposedly the "air conditioning" froze up. There were NO fans to move the stifling hot air, our guests stood outside for cocktail hour to "cool off" on a 95 degree day. We barely saw any appetizers, groom had to tell waitress to go outside to serve our guests. No salad dressing on the tables, barely any on the salad. 2 guests had FLIES IN THEIR FOOD!! How embarrassing and disgusting! Was the backdoor open to "cool off the kitchen"?? One can only assume so and the critters hid under the lettus to cool off! The floor ballroom floor was filthy dirty, tables not set as the seating chart so family members were all mixed up across the room. The head table was 2 seats short, incorrect center pieces. My bedroom closet is bigger than the bridal suite, no appetizers were served to us in ther, we were so cramped we mingled with our guests outside to cool off. The help was rude, maybe hot!? One waiter snapped at my 80 year old mother when she asked for a drink and I was told by several other guests the same person was rude to them as well. I was refused a drink at the end of cocktail hour yet the person before me was served, I would think my gown might indicate I might possibly be paying their salary for the night!! The party planner called the owner who "supposedly" came over to check out the situation but never had the courtesy to speak with us nor to offer any compensation for the problem. He could have picked up a few fans along the way. Our photos were so incredibly rushed because they had to change the room over for dinner but because it was so hot they tried to do it more quickly so the pictures of our daughter's special day were SO rushed and she'll never have that moment back again - ever!! Not to mention our hair and make up melted - we looked like we ran a marathon! This was an expensive, embarrassing heartbreak! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.5/5.0
Beyond shocked and disappointed.......I accompanied my son and his future bride to visit this venue today. The venue is spectacular, absolutely beautiful The employee conducting the tour was very professional and informative. After our tour when we sat to discuss the pricing there was a conflict between what the bride-to -be was told prior to coming to visit the venue by another employee. When she questioned the pricing based on what she had been told, we were informed that the pricing she was quoted was for other venues that they own. Her father stated that is was misleading to give a quote prior, have us visit this venue but the pricing is for another venue. At this point the owner overheard our confusion and came over SCREAMING at us to leave his business. Very angry and very rude he continued to follow us out SCREAMING and then topped it off with a derogatory comment to the future bride as she walked out of the door. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL! If this is how the OWNER of the business treats a perspective customer I can imagine what he would do once he has your money if you were to ask the wrong question. WARNING.....BE VERY CAREFUL AT THIS VENUE, the views may be beautiful but WATCH OUT FOR THE OWNER!!!!
Beyond shocked and disappointed.......I accompanied my son and his future bride to visit this venue today. The venue is Read more...
Beyond shocked and disappointed.......I accompanied my son and his future bride to visit this venue today. The venue is spectacular, absolutely beautiful The employee conducting the tour was very professional and informative. After our tour when we sat to discuss the pricing there was a conflict between what the bride-to -be was told prior to coming to visit the venue by another employee. When she questioned the pricing based on what she had been told, we were informed that the pricing she was quoted was for other venues that they own. Her father stated that is was misleading to give a quote prior, have us visit this venue but the pricing is for another venue. At this point the owner overheard our confusion and came over SCREAMING at us to leave his business. Very angry and very rude he continued to follow us out SCREAMING and then topped it off with a derogatory comment to the future bride as she walked out of the door. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL! If this is how the OWNER of the business treats a perspective customer I can imagine what he would do once he has your money if you were to ask the wrong question. WARNING.....BE VERY CAREFUL AT THIS VENUE, the views may be beautiful but WATCH OUT FOR THE OWNER!!!! Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
7/10/2010
0.0/5.0
I would NOT reccommend this company to anyone and I feel sorry for anyone who has to deal with them. I'm sure there have been positive outcomes with this company however my experience with them was just the opposite.

It's hard to think of where exactly to begin. Over a year ago, when my fiance and I were looking for catering vendors I came across this one and went with my mother because they insisted we come in at there location in Pasadena (Celebrations). They would by no means give a quote or any price information over the phone or internet. So, my mother and I made an appointment and met with Rob. It was about a 2 hour meeting we went through all the possiblities and this linen and you can have a choice of anything you want on the menu...and he said very specifically, that this company over all the other companies out there was "family and love." That they put love into all they do...ah hem. They offered us fancy bottled waters with their company logos and offered us a drink and gave us their special lobster bisque in a cocktail glass. Sat us down at a table and went on and on- I really don't even remember what he was saying because he was talking so much. (And I know I'm doing alot of that as well, but I want to make sure I give as much detail of the experience as possible.)

After the two hours and finially getting to what I came there in the first place for was the cost. So he came up with a bill for me as $22k which included the catering for approx. 100 people at Celebrations. Basically your paying $10k to see water with Curtis Bay in the backround (not a pretty site). Not including the actual wedding ceremony- the whole point of getting married because I was set on having it at a church- traditionally.

I looked at my mother and she looked at me. Well for one thing, my fiance and I were paying for our own wedding- there was no way- even if I had that much available for my wedding I would ever spend it at that location- that's what my new 2010 car cost...that's close to a down payment on a house.

Okay getting back to the story. Obviously, we did not go with this vendor. My fiance and I found a vendor called Town and Country Caterers in Landsdowne. There we met Rita. Again I took my mother as well to have a second opinion. This location was found online and they were known for not adding in the gratituty...letting the customer decide what it should be or whether to give it- that's the point of a tip right? Good service= Good Tip. If it's already added into the price that's blowing the entire idea of the company working for it. So Town and Country had more reasonable prices and had what we were looking for- an indoor facility that's not in shambles, reasonable 'package' prices and friendly attitude. So we went with them.

We signed our contract with Rita and put a deposit down. As our date got closer, we found out that the company had been sold. Rita didn't say who, but she said we would have all the things we signed for at a cheaper rate than the company already offers. We were looking at the linens and they looked exactly the same as the special linens at Celebrations (Uptown). I asked Rita if it was Uptown Catering and she said yes, she was wondering how I knew. I told her I went there already a while back and that their prices were way to high and they weren't offering us what we were looking for.

Rita confirmed that they would honor our contract. Well they didn't. About 2 months before our wedding I called the company directly after leaving messages from numerous calls to Town and Country Caterers. I called Uptown Caterers. **This is the beginning on the lack of professionalism- aren't they suppost to be organized to where they call the customer to schedule and setup tastings/planning meetings?**
I spoke to a secretary who spoke to another person and then they left a message and would call me back because they were in a meeting? -That's basically what it sounded like.

Patiently, I waited, they called and told me I needed to e-mail the planning e-mail address. So I did. Never got an answer. I called back a week later and told them I hadn't got an answer so then the girl gives me another e-mail to try and apologizes for no response in a week. So I go and e-mail this person directly. Within 3 days I received an e-mail from Jeff.

This is where it begins to get fuzzy because of the numerous e-mails and calls I was making. We ended up making a planning appointment with Jeff 6 weeks before our wedding date. Fiance and I both took a day off work because we live on the Eastern Shore...and they only have tastings at their location in Beltsville- how convenient. At the tasting, the entire time, Jeff tried to get us to change our planned buffet service to a seated service. Through the food tastings, we were shown choices of food that we could not even get in our buffet that was already planned and set in our mind. At the end of the meeting I verified some of our contract information. The time- 5 hours- the 'wedding package #3' specificially was a 5 hour event. I brought it up to Jeff at the table, and he said he had to check- so he goes back into a room then comes out saying "no, we can only do 4 hours." At that point I was frazzled. I was shocked that we were just getting this information 6 weeks before our event- invitations were already sent- other vendors were confirmed on the 5 hour time frame and Uptown Caterers was telling me something completely different than what we signed up for in the very beginning.

Not to mention the changes in our menu choice. But Uptown Caterers said the quality of there's was much better apparently. At this point, I went home and thought maybe they aren't honoring our prices either- I was so shocked with the time change I couldn't even remember to verify that when we were there.

After several more calls, e-mails, lack of communication between customer and vendor and vendor employee to employee- excuses saying that e-mail was down, etc.- they gave me lots of excuses and apologizes that were worth nothing because they meant nothing. After all this I got an e-mail saying they adjusted the time back to our original time. (Me thinking- Great! You gave us the 5 hours we already signed for- a part of why 'package #3' cost more- great- your doing your job)

Finially getting our planning webpage up- then seeing they were charging the gratituity- over $1000...on our bill. This was the next big thing. Our contract said, no gratituity unless the customer is happy wih service. Well I'll have you know I didn't agrue with this one- because I knew we would give them some gratituity- we really shouldn't have given them anything- we should have received a discount at the expense of the emotional stress they caused.

I mean at one point I was calling in to Uptown Caterers and they were adding additions to my guest list then I would go into my planning site and find that the guest list doubled because another employee somewhere along the line didn't get the notice from the first employee who already adjusted it. Lack of communication- unbelieveable.

We mailed our payment in Thursday before the 14 days so it would have plenty of time to arrive. I mailed the DJ's payment the same day- it went all the way North to Bel Air and they had received it and it was already back at my bank on my statement on Saturday. Well Uptown Caterers lost ours...that's the only time they started calling me. It was being mailed straight from my house to a P.O. box. It was a week later...Thursday the next week...they didn't have our payment and I pretty much went nuts at this point. By 4pm that day they had found it well, in their words...it came in the mail. (Thinking- yeah it came in the mail almost a week ago and it's been sitting there. Thanks.)

Another moment came when we had added extra guests on to our list after I sent in the payment (which on their site says you can add guests until 3 days prior- and it was about a week before). I called up trying to figure out how they wanted me to pay this addition. On their website it states that other arrangements can be made for making payments. So I'm over the Eastern Shore...I call in and speak to a girl. Well I wasn't going to mail this because of what happened with the first payment...and I knew that was out of the question anyway. I asked first if I could drop it off at their Pasadena location...No, they have events going on was the excuse. I asked secondly if I could drop it off at our reception facility the Wednesday before the event- because that's when I was dropping off my placecards, table numbers, centerpieces etc...No, that's too late. Okay...so then I ask what she wants me to do to get the payment to them. The girl was not pleasant. She said, all payments have to be made at their location in Beltsville. My mind starting racing because the whole point that this was late was because they first lost our original payment and then found it the same day and I was waiting to find out the additional bill amount because they hadn't added it into our billing page online. I mentioned after this that it's late because they couldn't find the first payment then I just broke down on the phone and started crying- I couldn't even talk at this point I was so upset with them.

So the next day, I changed my entire morning and drove 2 hours (from the Eastern Shore to Beltsville) to hand deliver this cash payment (they would not accept a check). I didn't say anything. I gave the payment got the receipt, saw Jeff in the back doing the same shin-dig with another couple. And then I left.

Then on our wedding day. I was very apprehensive about the entire reception because of the poor attitudes, lack of communication, lack of organization, lack of flexibilty, lack of professionalism. The food was good, but not up to the standards that the company goes by. And they added almonds to the green beans- my dad is highly allergic. The menu does not say almonds on top- and we weren't offered this at the tasting- so how was I to know? I was quite upset with that. And all the kids did not get kids meals- what was the whole point with that? At the end of the reception Rita directly told me that we should not have paid the gratituity because it wasn't on our contract to. I just told her I was done. Just done.

Other points to make about the setup of the reception room. I dropped off all the stuff on Wed. and the next event was mine. I found out they were setting up about 2 hours before and were expecting to find out information from my mom who dropped by that morning on how to set things up. I explained everything in detail when I dropped it off as well as had a list explaining what was there and where it goes. At least it all was set up when the time came but it shows a lack of organization if your questioning someone the day of.

The entire experience was extremely overwhelming and stressful with this company- they created the stress for me...and I was paying them to take on all of this. All in all the day turned out okay however I got that bad taste in my mouth from the company a while back and didn't get rid of it so I have to say I really didn't enjoy my day as much as I would have if all of this hadn't happened.

It was a bad decision that I made but I didn't know they would sell the company. I really wish that they had made us aware of what was happening and let us know who we should contact, etc. And if the company really didn't want to honor things, I wish they had just given us our deposit back a 10-11 months before when the company switched over. It was very poor quality and for them to say they are family and they include love in their receipts or whatever.- yeah.
I would NOT reccommend this company to anyone and I feel sorry for anyone who has to deal with them. I'm sure there have Read more...
I would NOT reccommend this company to anyone and I feel sorry for anyone who has to deal with them. I'm sure there have been positive outcomes with this company however my experience with them was just the opposite.

It's hard to think of where exactly to begin. Over a year ago, when my fiance and I were looking for catering vendors I came across this one and went with my mother because they insisted we come in at there location in Pasadena (Celebrations). They would by no means give a quote or any price information over the phone or internet. So, my mother and I made an appointment and met with Rob. It was about a 2 hour meeting we went through all the possiblities and this linen and you can have a choice of anything you want on the menu...and he said very specifically, that this company over all the other companies out there was "family and love." That they put love into all they do...ah hem. They offered us fancy bottled waters with their company logos and offered us a drink and gave us their special lobster bisque in a cocktail glass. Sat us down at a table and went on and on- I really don't even remember what he was saying because he was talking so much. (And I know I'm doing alot of that as well, but I want to make sure I give as much detail of the experience as possible.)

After the two hours and finially getting to what I came there in the first place for was the cost. So he came up with a bill for me as $22k which included the catering for approx. 100 people at Celebrations. Basically your paying $10k to see water with Curtis Bay in the backround (not a pretty site). Not including the actual wedding ceremony- the whole point of getting married because I was set on having it at a church- traditionally.

I looked at my mother and she looked at me. Well for one thing, my fiance and I were paying for our own wedding- there was no way- even if I had that much available for my wedding I would ever spend it at that location- that's what my new 2010 car cost...that's close to a down payment on a house.

Okay getting back to the story. Obviously, we did not go with this vendor. My fiance and I found a vendor called Town and Country Caterers in Landsdowne. There we met Rita. Again I took my mother as well to have a second opinion. This location was found online and they were known for not adding in the gratituty...letting the customer decide what it should be or whether to give it- that's the point of a tip right? Good service= Good Tip. If it's already added into the price that's blowing the entire idea of the company working for it. So Town and Country had more reasonable prices and had what we were looking for- an indoor facility that's not in shambles, reasonable 'package' prices and friendly attitude. So we went with them.

We signed our contract with Rita and put a deposit down. As our date got closer, we found out that the company had been sold. Rita didn't say who, but she said we would have all the things we signed for at a cheaper rate than the company already offers. We were looking at the linens and they looked exactly the same as the special linens at Celebrations (Uptown). I asked Rita if it was Uptown Catering and she said yes, she was wondering how I knew. I told her I went there already a while back and that their prices were way to high and they weren't offering us what we were looking for.

Rita confirmed that they would honor our contract. Well they didn't. About 2 months before our wedding I called the company directly after leaving messages from numerous calls to Town and Country Caterers. I called Uptown Caterers. **This is the beginning on the lack of professionalism- aren't they suppost to be organized to where they call the customer to schedule and setup tastings/planning meetings?**
I spoke to a secretary who spoke to another person and then they left a message and would call me back because they were in a meeting? -That's basically what it sounded like.

Patiently, I waited, they called and told me I needed to e-mail the planning e-mail address. So I did. Never got an answer. I called back a week later and told them I hadn't got an answer so then the girl gives me another e-mail to try and apologizes for no response in a week. So I go and e-mail this person directly. Within 3 days I received an e-mail from Jeff.

This is where it begins to get fuzzy because of the numerous e-mails and calls I was making. We ended up making a planning appointment with Jeff 6 weeks before our wedding date. Fiance and I both took a day off work because we live on the Eastern Shore...and they only have tastings at their location in Beltsville- how convenient. At the tasting, the entire time, Jeff tried to get us to change our planned buffet service to a seated service. Through the food tastings, we were shown choices of food that we could not even get in our buffet that was already planned and set in our mind. At the end of the meeting I verified some of our contract information. The time- 5 hours- the 'wedding package #3' specificially was a 5 hour event. I brought it up to Jeff at the table, and he said he had to check- so he goes back into a room then comes out saying "no, we can only do 4 hours." At that point I was frazzled. I was shocked that we were just getting this information 6 weeks before our event- invitations were already sent- other vendors were confirmed on the 5 hour time frame and Uptown Caterers was telling me something completely different than what we signed up for in the very beginning.

Not to mention the changes in our menu choice. But Uptown Caterers said the quality of there's was much better apparently. At this point, I went home and thought maybe they aren't honoring our prices either- I was so shocked with the time change I couldn't even remember to verify that when we were there.

After several more calls, e-mails, lack of communication between customer and vendor and vendor employee to employee- excuses saying that e-mail was down, etc.- they gave me lots of excuses and apologizes that were worth nothing because they meant nothing. After all this I got an e-mail saying they adjusted the time back to our original time. (Me thinking- Great! You gave us the 5 hours we already signed for- a part of why 'package #3' cost more- great- your doing your job)

Finially getting our planning webpage up- then seeing they were charging the gratituity- over $1000...on our bill. This was the next big thing. Our contract said, no gratituity unless the customer is happy wih service. Well I'll have you know I didn't agrue with this one- because I knew we would give them some gratituity- we really shouldn't have given them anything- we should have received a discount at the expense of the emotional stress they caused.

I mean at one point I was calling in to Uptown Caterers and they were adding additions to my guest list then I would go into my planning site and find that the guest list doubled because another employee somewhere along the line didn't get the notice from the first employee who already adjusted it. Lack of communication- unbelieveable.

We mailed our payment in Thursday before the 14 days so it would have plenty of time to arrive. I mailed the DJ's payment the same day- it went all the way North to Bel Air and they had received it and it was already back at my bank on my statement on Saturday. Well Uptown Caterers lost ours...that's the only time they started calling me. It was being mailed straight from my house to a P.O. box. It was a week later...Thursday the next week...they didn't have our payment and I pretty much went nuts at this point. By 4pm that day they had found it well, in their words...it came in the mail. (Thinking- yeah it came in the mail almost a week ago and it's been sitting there. Thanks.)

Another moment came when we had added extra guests on to our list after I sent in the payment (which on their site says you can add guests until 3 days prior- and it was about a week before). I called up trying to figure out how they wanted me to pay this addition. On their website it states that other arrangements can be made for making payments. So I'm over the Eastern Shore...I call in and speak to a girl. Well I wasn't going to mail this because of what happened with the first payment...and I knew that was out of the question anyway. I asked first if I could drop it off at their Pasadena location...No, they have events going on was the excuse. I asked secondly if I could drop it off at our reception facility the Wednesday before the event- because that's when I was dropping off my placecards, table numbers, centerpieces etc...No, that's too late. Okay...so then I ask what she wants me to do to get the payment to them. The girl was not pleasant. She said, all payments have to be made at their location in Beltsville. My mind starting racing because the whole point that this was late was because they first lost our original payment and then found it the same day and I was waiting to find out the additional bill amount because they hadn't added it into our billing page online. I mentioned after this that it's late because they couldn't find the first payment then I just broke down on the phone and started crying- I couldn't even talk at this point I was so upset with them.

So the next day, I changed my entire morning and drove 2 hours (from the Eastern Shore to Beltsville) to hand deliver this cash payment (they would not accept a check). I didn't say anything. I gave the payment got the receipt, saw Jeff in the back doing the same shin-dig with another couple. And then I left.

Then on our wedding day. I was very apprehensive about the entire reception because of the poor attitudes, lack of communication, lack of organization, lack of flexibilty, lack of professionalism. The food was good, but not up to the standards that the company goes by. And they added almonds to the green beans- my dad is highly allergic. The menu does not say almonds on top- and we weren't offered this at the tasting- so how was I to know? I was quite upset with that. And all the kids did not get kids meals- what was the whole point with that? At the end of the reception Rita directly told me that we should not have paid the gratituity because it wasn't on our contract to. I just told her I was done. Just done.

Other points to make about the setup of the reception room. I dropped off all the stuff on Wed. and the next event was mine. I found out they were setting up about 2 hours before and were expecting to find out information from my mom who dropped by that morning on how to set things up. I explained everything in detail when I dropped it off as well as had a list explaining what was there and where it goes. At least it all was set up when the time came but it shows a lack of organization if your questioning someone the day of.

The entire experience was extremely overwhelming and stressful with this company- they created the stress for me...and I was paying them to take on all of this. All in all the day turned out okay however I got that bad taste in my mouth from the company a while back and didn't get rid of it so I have to say I really didn't enjoy my day as much as I would have if all of this hadn't happened.

It was a bad decision that I made but I didn't know they would sell the company. I really wish that they had made us aware of what was happening and let us know who we should contact, etc. And if the company really didn't want to honor things, I wish they had just given us our deposit back a 10-11 months before when the company switched over. It was very poor quality and for them to say they are family and they include love in their receipts or whatever.- yeah. Read less
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