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Reviewed On 4/10/2022 by Taylor N
We worked with Celebrations for our whole wedding planning process! Emily Nadel was our coordinator and she helped us plan the entire event within a set budget. Celebrations provided decor, floral work, cake tastings, vendor communication (with...
different companies for venue, flowers, cake, DJ, and photographer) serving staff, bar tenders, help with set up and clean up, AMAZING FOOD, and seamless day-of coordination. For months she answered our questions and put up with our cluelessness. They even let us drop off our own props, décor, alcohol, and mixers to save money. I would definitely work with them again.
Reviewed On 8/25/2019 by Emily J
Celebrations did an amazing job catering our wedding! Jessica helped us create a customized menu with our favorite foods and a ton of flavor. She came up with great ideas and gave expert advice to help us stay within our budget. We had an outdo...
or buffet reception on a hot day, and she and her staff kept everything fresh and delicious the whole time. She also took such good care of my husband and me. I’ve heard so many stories of brides and grooms not getting to eat at their own weddings, but she had plates waiting for us at the right time and made sure we got to enjoy them. Celebrations also made us several individual-sized boxes of leftovers and saved them for us in the fridge where we were staying. It was such a relief not to have to think about meals for a while. We ate them for days and never got tired of it. The food was so good, our guests were talking about it for months afterwards. Celebrations provided everything we needed for a perfect wedding and then some, plus they were extremely professional. We highly recommend them!
Reviewed On 4/23/2019 by Morgan W
Loved working with Valerie! She made everything so easy and worked with all of our last minute changes! They incorporated all these great details and helped us really focus on our food fantasies! They made sure we ate, and were always around to...
grab us anything we needed so we didn't have to take any time away from our guests! Would highly recommend!
Reviewed On 1/22/2019 by Nicole d
Celebrations, and Branden specifically, did an incredible job with our wedding!! We knew that Branden was something special when he spent---no joke--two hours with us at our venue walk-through going over the potential layout, different decor we...
could do, variations on the menu, how to design the cocktail hour, you name it! This was on the same day as our tasting, where everything was delicious, and the displays were beautiful! We were planning from out of town, so it was imperative that our caterer could take care of food, set-up, bartending, linens, high-chairs, and (to our delight) much of the actual decorating! We made a powerpoint with slides from Pinterest of different decor ideas based on what Celebrations had in stock (crates, signs, etc) and Branden took it and ran with it---and did an amazing job! Much of our communication was by email, and we appreciated Branden's quick replies and quick edits to our invoice when we requested any changes. We met the week of to go over everything, and Chef Dennis even stopped by to review the different options he could do for our requested Cuban-style chicken dish! We did a "pre-set" the day before, where we went out to the venue and got to see some of the decor and set-up, and were thrilled with how everything looked. On the actual wedding day, everything went super smoothly---the drinks were delicious, the food was hot and yummy and there was even a personalized chalkboard menu display! Branden designed an entire "dessert lounge" display that was straight out of my Pinterest page---we loved it! The tables looked so classy and we got multiple comments on how good the food was--thank you Chef Dennis!! We feel so lucky to have found Celebrations and cannot recommend them more highly!
Reviewed On 2/07/2018 by Kellie H
We used celebrations catering for our food and rentals and they were absolutely amazing. Jessica loveless was so easy to work with and she made sure I had my dream wedding. Everyone who worked the wedding was so nice and attentive and anything ...
my husband or I needed they were getting it for us before we even knew we needed it!
Reviewed On 11/28/2017 by Jennifer G
I worked with Laura from Celebrations and loved it. Our first meeting was about our menu. We felt listened to and were able to have the perfect menu (brisket as well as stuffed shells). They were also flexible about adding two Vegan meals for t...
he wedding that my brother loved!
Our next meeting was at the reception site. Laura had many creative ideas that I loved such as a lit backdrop behind the cake and where the food should go. She told me that Celebrations would nicely set up the hors d'oeuvres. I left my trust with her and that was a great idea! The tables looked amazing and the food was well liked by everyone. The colors matched perfectly with the wedding. She added pumpkins to the hors d'oeuvres table which I loved and it added a lot to my fall wedding.
Overall, I loved working with Celebrations. The food was amazing and so was the decor and service. Laura answered a million emails from me and was so flexible, calm, and friendly!
Reviewed On 11/09/2017 by Jessica M
Celebration Catering is the best! The staff was so helpful and friendly the day of my wedding. Erin is absolutely amazing and she helped me every step of the way! Thank you for your kindness and makin my day very special! You went above and bey...
ond to truly make my wedding day as wonderful as it turned out to be.
Reviewed On 11/07/2017 by Devan K
Cannot recommend them enough!! Erin basically doubled as my event coordinator and was on top of every single detail. Amazing professional service from everyone and delicious food they catered specifically for our event. You will not be disappoi...
Reviewed On 4/14/2017 by Sarah M
If you are looking for the full event package, look no further! Not only will you get delicious food your guests will rave about, but you get it done in style!
Jessica Slane Loveless is the glue that brought everything together to make our we...
dding perfect! She came in with Ryan and the team and set up a gorgeous reception! And then when we realized we needed communion moments before the ceremony , she came in clutch with a broken up cupcake and red wine. Seriously, they are the full package!
And if you have dietary restrictions, they can definitely accommodate! My husband and I are vegan and they made the most delicious pasta as one of our main dishes. Even guests that were not vegan enjoyed it! Oh, and you want the sizzling veggie tray. Trust me!
I can't thank the celebrations team enough for all that they did to make our wedding day special!
Reviewed On 3/10/2017 by Kathryn S
Loved Celebration's so much! Erin helped me plan my wedding long distance and though sometimes hard to get ahold of was always super friendly and helpful!! Day of, the staff was friendly and also very helpful, and everything was wonderful! The ...
food was good and they were willing to work with the menu and recipes used!
Reviewed On 7/27/2016 by Amy M
Celebrations made our wedding absolutely incredible. I worked with Jessica Slane Loveless throughout our planning process. She was so on top of everything and brought awesome ideas to every meeting. And the food was SO GOOD. We are still gettin...
g compliments on the food from our guests months later.
If you are getting married in Gainesville, you NEED to work with Celebrations. They really do take care of everything and they are so organized and professional through the whole planning process. Working with Jessica was just as good, if not better, than having an overall wedding planner. They made planning from across the country so easy. Thanks for making our wedding so perfect!
Reviewed On 7/05/2016 by Kelly F
Jessica was absolutely amazing and perfect! Jessica was just like our wedding planner. She made sure all our vendors were on time and in the right place. Jessica made sure we always had a drink in our hand, she made our plate so we could try ...
the food, and left us cupcakes on our table! Leah, the owner, and Jessica were the BEST!!!!
Reviewed On 4/13/2016 by Brittany G
We hired Celebrations Catering for our rehearsal dinner and they were so great! We worked with Erin to make sure all our logistics and other details were in order, and she was on top of everything. I don’t think we could have asked for better...
service. The food was amazing and the bartenders made sure to keep our guests well-hydrated all night. I highly recommend these folks!
Reviewed On 3/10/2013 by Cathy S
They have it all! They have amazing ideas, food & suggestions. They will take your ideas & help you make it over the top amazing! They were so easy to work with, professional & fun. I actually miss the team that help make my daughters day amaz...
ing! Everyone is still raving about the food!
Reviewed On 12/05/2012 by Dena B
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.
Reviewed On 2/01/2012 by Melissa B
While everything turned out beautifully, it was hard to trust that it would. They did not have a compiled list of hors d'voeuvres and do not do tastings. (They have a list now.) And, when my mother ended the evening with a trip to the ER, I dis...
covered that the person in charge had left. I had catering personnel asking me what to do... While they were ready and willing to do anything, I was an emotional wreck and it was total confusion.
Reviewed On 7/03/2011 by melissa m
Loved the food! Since our wedding was very casual we focused all of our details on the reception for the celebration of our new life togeather with our closest friends and family. The staff was wonderful in helping us form a diverse menu to cat...
er to everyone including the children and those with food allergies. The menu was spot on for the type of venue and the style of our wedding without costing us a fortune! Thank-you Kjell and staff!!
Reviewed On 6/16/2011 by kaity p
Celebrations was our first wedding "hire" after our ceremony location was decided. They came with glowing reviews and delicious snacks during our initial consult. They are also on the short list approved by the University of Florida and given t...
hat it was possible our reception would take place on campus - that was key.
Leah was wonderful when we met with her and extremely enthusiastic about us and our plans for the day. We set a menu right then and there and overshot our guest count.
Over the course of the next few months, Leah was out of the country and unavailable. When she did finally return, our day was turned over to another person at the company - Kjell.
We returned to Gainesville and met with him. Again, personable, enthusiastic, friendly - full of great ideas! Again, we reviewed the menu (and made some slight adjustments) but overshot our guest count again and planned for 80 people.
Only 65 people attended our wedding - 70 if you include vendors to be fed - and the food ran out almost instantly.
No one was able to fill their plate more than once and some did not fill it the first time. I was mortified.
What made it worse was that Celebrations then began to clean up the tables that had held the food (removing table clothes, etc.). My coordinators had to fight them off to leave it so that we could order PIZZA to feed the rest of the guests at the end of the night.
To make matters worse, their "lead" was horribly rude to my coordinators. She used profanity and spoke disparagingly of my husband and I in regards to what we expected of them. They even refused to clean up a broken glass and forced the coordinators to do so.
I have to say that I was MOST excited about Celebrations of all my vendors and when I think about how they completed nearly none of the tasks they were given, it breaks my heart. We spent more time thinking about our menu than our flowers or decor or anything along those lines. The menu was a very personal touch that my husband wanted to show the uniting of our two different backgrounds and instead it was presented as a mish-mosh of food.
Luckily for us, the pizza was a hit and guests did not say anything to us that day about the food. After the fact, we found that many family members were upset - and even my grandfather had had a run-in with one of the servers.
We dealt with this issue with Leah directly and were refunded part of the money we paid - due to the lack of food.
However, this still doesn't change the fact that many of my guests were hungry until the back-up pizza arrived, no coffee was provided and they severely over-served several guests (alcohol). Celebrations is the one dark spot in my wedding memories. But at least the food - what there was of it - was delicious.