Santa Barbara, CA 93101
If you are trying to decide between Duo and any other caterer, choose Duo.
Last month, Duo catered our sit down dinner reception for 120. The food tasted incredible, the service was top notch, and the presentation was beautiful. This was not your typical “wedding meal.” Honestly, I think the food outshined the bride! Our friends and family keep telling us that is was one of the best meals they have ever had, and definitely the best wedding food they have ever had.
Choosing Duo was extremely difficult. There is a lot of talent in the area to choose from. Duo was also about 30% higher than other estimates. However, there is no question we made the right choice. While the initial estimate was higher than we had hoped, I can say this: it never went up from there. Unlike with some vendors, there were no last minute costs or additions. In addition, the experience itself and the feedback from our guests have proved the choose was worth the budget compromises we had to make in other areas.
We may have had such an excellent experience with Brian and Ashley because we respected their skills and their preference for seasonal, local ingredients. We told Brian and Ashley the one thing I was allergic to and then we asked them to come up with a menu where “hot was served hot, and cold was served cold.” At the tasting less than 2 weeks before the wedding we were blown away by what they had come up with. We had no substantive changes.
On the day of the wedding, waiters paraded out to the tables in a line and each guest at each table was served at the same time. Not only was this an incredible sight but it also ensured that guests received their courses at the proper temperature and in a timely fashion, The furthest table from us received their tempura battered avocado warm, their ceviche cool, and their local striped bass hot. Amazing.
This review wholeheartedly recommends Rebecca and Duet Weddings. I will add pictures when I get them...Leigh Miller (also a Rebecca recommendation) was our photographer.
Like many brides, I had not thought about my wedding until the proposal. When I hired Rebecca, I had just started a new (dream) job, was working 14 to 16 hour days, 6 to 7 days a week, my fiancé was working in Iraq, and I hadn’t settled on a date or a location. Planning my wedding seemed like just another difficult project to add on to an already challenging year.
While I initially hired Rebecca simply to be a day-of-coordinator, it soon became clear I needed a lot more help. When my original venue fell through, she guided me through finding a new venue and location. After that she guided us through each stage of the process (selecting vendors, design choices, working with vendors, etc) with professionalism, efficiency, and kindness. Allowing me to focus on my job, she was the main contact for all our vendors—many we did not meet until our wedding day. At every point in the process we felt certain our wishes, concerns, and questions, were being accurately conveyed through Rebecca.
Having chosen a venue where absolutely everything had to be brought in (lights, the kitchen, toilets, chairs, bars, tables, etc.) was a juggling act of coordination. In addition to the numerous challenges of the wedding day, we had wine tasting, golf games, a rehearsal dinner, a Friday night after-dinner reception, and Sunday brunch as part of the festivities. However, Rebecca’s efforts on our behalf insured we remained within our budget and allowed us to fully enjoy the weekend.
Since the wedding we have heard from our guests that they had an amazing time, the food was incredible, and the scene was gorgeous. Rebecca’s suggested additions have been a constant source of compliments (including menus she designed and printed for each place setting; small bundles of lavender at each place setting; “lunch bags” w/ a “juice box” of wine, an apple, and a quiz about us for the bus ride to the reception; and many more…). I can't imagine how it would have gone as well without her support and guidance.