Celebrations Catering were able to create the exact tailgate experience we were envisioning for our wedding day. The University of Florida played the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, so we ate Cajun food at our reception. The reviews from our guests were fantastic – Po Boys, and crab cakes cooked to order. They truly went the extra mile with the set-up, the actual event, and the clean up afterwards. How many caterers ask you if you want to provide plastic containers so the bride and groom have food afterwards? Ellie, who we worked with, was a delight and was instrumental in making everything perfect.
Jessica and all of the Celebrations staff went above and beyond what would be expected of a catering company. They do so much more than provide food and drinks. Before the wedding, we brought them all of the components for our centerpieces & decor, and they set everything up EXACTLY how we wanted it. The food was incredible - definitely not just "wedding food." They also communicated very well with our other vendors to make sure everything ran smoothly. Although we provided some of the decor for our reception, we also left quite a bit of it up to them, and everything looked beautiful and coordinated perfectly with our own decor. All of the servers were very friendly and helpful to our guests. I will say that when we compared estimates, we were tempted to go with another caterer to save money, but I am so glad we didn't. Celebrations was worth every penny!
I loved Celebrations Catering and Villa East! They made everything run smoothly and the food was fabulous. My only issue with them was with a staff member. We were told that there was a ton of food left over that we would be able to take but when we inquired about it at the end of the night a staff member said everything was gone. It kind of bothered me just because I have a feeling they boxed up a couple grand worth of food to take home for themselves.
Celebrations was wonderful! Leah and her team helped make our big day absolutely perfect. They were flexible, creative and wonderful. While their fees were a tad on the high side people are still raving about their food. They're also all inclusive - they brought linens, tables, food and handled the bar! Their florist, Gaye, even made our bouquets!
Where can I begin to tell you what an amazing team of people at Celebrations!!! The food is hands down the best catered food EVER! And the word "caterer" does them no justice, really, they are so much more than that!
They not only made delicious food, they also decorated for me! YES, I said decorated! Something I didnt even expect! They were attentive and professional... and they even made sure, we, as the bride & groom ate by bringing us a special plate made up of a little of everything there.
I have used Celebrations for work meetings and they have always had awesome food, but after using them for my wedding I cannot speak highly enough about them. Awesome comes to mind~!
I cannot say enough good things about Celebrations Catering - they were amazing! Event Planner Erin Hagfors was fabulous. We communicated so much (mainly through e-mail), we become totally comfortable with each other - I gave her a huge hug when I saw her at the reception. And her staff - everyone was so friendly and professional, my guests even commented on it! They never looked bored or unhappy, a smile on their faces every time - the bartender knew what my husband and I drank and practically had it ready as we approached the bar. The food was delicious, creatively presented and set up attractively. I couldn't get over how smoothly it all went and how fantastic the experience was!
Having said that, the catering/rentals were still the biggest expense for our wedding - about a third of the budget. But considering how great they were to work with and how fabulous the result was - I think they were worth every penny!
Celebrations is all inclusive. They provide everything from food, plates, glasses, flatware, centerpieces, tables, chairs, pubs, stools, linens, you name it. Their servers and bartenders are trained and licensed and they have some serious insurance. So no worries there.
They work with each client to make it a unique experience. They are also very familiar with the venues in Gainesville, and many of the other vendors.
2 thumbs up!!
They did an AMAZING job for the wedding!!! Leah made my vision come to life. When I got to the venue everything looked just as I had planned it, and it was so much more. I didn't have to micromanage every detail with her. I gave her the idea and she ran with it. The food was unbelievable. Even a family member with the most discriminating of palates, loved it. We went with a non-traditional menu (for our families anyways), pan-Asian. The staff was awesome, very attentive to us and made sure we had what we needed. We are pretty laid back, so it was a great evening.
The Celebrations crew was awesome, they were very flexible about when and where we could meet, and even confirmed some things through e-mail due to scheduling conflicts. The food was great, and the servers were awesome, they helped get dancing started, and even went out of their way to provide some items that we'd forgotten! I highly recommend their services, it's definitely worth the investment.
One word is needed.... AMAZING!
They did everything! I did not have to do a single thing for my reception. They delivered and set up my centerpieces, worked with the florist and let me drop off everything I needed to get over to the Thomas Center the week before my wedding. They were the best decision I ever made!!