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4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Danielle Maddox · Married on 04/26/2019

    5.0
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    Best All Around Service, Fantastic Value with Beautiful Supplies and Delicious Food Offerings!

    DNA Events MADE our wedding. We shopped around quite a bit for the right caterer for our wedding. Shopping around and comparing prices and offerings was by far the most stressful part of wedding planning.

    We spoke with Kathryn and loved learning about their long history in town as a family-run caterer and really appreciated their commitment to customizing the experience to each client. Beyond that, they are very experienced and knew our venue's specific needs inside and out. Kathryn was very accessible and super responsive throughout the entire process. I don't know how she does it!

    DNA offers various packages that make customization quite flexible. We were able to customize the event to include catering services, bar staff and to have the catering arm of their company, Dagar's, to provide passed apps and sides. We then worked with Terry Black's BBQ to provide our favorite brisket, and Torchy's Tacos to provide some queso and tacos. Dagar's would have gladly provided this as well with their delicious menu options, but we really wanted to feature a couple of our favorite restaurants for our out-of-town guests. Kathryn arranged for a runner to pick up the food from both restaurants on the day of, so we didn't have to worry about that.

    Kathryn went above and beyond and had her master carver meet with Terry Black's to ensure the brisket caring technique was true to the Terry Black's brand. This kind of do-what-it-takes attitude is another example of how DNA Events really stands out! They build fantastic relationships with vendors, which really elevates the whole experience.

    We were also able to rent the place settings and silverware as part of our catering package with DNA Events. They have quite a few options and offered a design consultation to come in and look at the various colors and types of: chargers, napkins, plates, flatware, etc. We are so happy with how the place settings came out! We received many compliments on how pretty the tables were!

    On the day of the wedding, the staff were all on time and the setup was all done within the venue's short timeframe allotted! DNA served us a private dinner during cocktail at our request, so that we could spend a private moment together and be sure to eat (which we've heard so many brides & grooms forget to do). The staff made sure we had plenty of food so that we could taste everything! We felt very well taken care of.

    We got SO MUCH value for the affordable options that DNA Events provides. We thank them whole heartedly for their flexibility and earnestness to make the experience great.

    Sent on 07/02/2019
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    dna events's reply:

    WOW! Danielle, we cannot thank you enough for providing such a genuine, detailed account of your experience with us. We pride ourselves on working hard to see our clients' dream menus come to life and we are just so thrilled to hear that you felt that we did just this for you. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!
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    Jessica J. Lee · Married on 04/20/2019

    5.0
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    The perfect caterer for our DIY wedding

    DNA and Kathryn, the owner, were just so wonderful to work with. We were planning our wedding from abroad so had to book a caterer without doing tastings, etc. and Kathryn really put me at ease. She talked out plans for the wedding over the phone, communicated really wonderfully be email, and ran things SO smoothly on the day. We booked food from Chi'lantro in Austin, and DNA handled everything, down to matching camp plates to go with our casual camp-themed decor. Because they work with a wide range of restaurants, I really recommend them to anyone with a venue that doesn't have a kitchen or doesn't do catering service - the cost is reasonable and they handle the stressful bits for you. They even let me mix and match some homemade hors d'oeuvres and drinks into the serving plan! HIGHLY recommend.

    Sent on 05/02/2019
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    dna events's reply:

    Thanks a ton for sharing these kind words, Jessica! We love that we can work with local eateries to bring our clients' catering visions to life, especially for clients who are taking on the DIY approach. We are so glad to hear that you had such a great experience with Kathryn and the team. All the love going out to you two on your new journey together!
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    stephanie · Married on 11/04/2018

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    I got an estimate back from the catering company we desperately wanted to cater our wedding and it was quite a bit higher than our budget, so we decided to look at staffing companies to possibly save costs but still have the food we wanted. I reached out to DNA events and got ahold of Kathryn. We corresponded via e-mail and phone to get estimates about staffing costs which were very reasonable and would take us significantly closer to our budget. I circled back with the catering company to let them know we would need drop off only and they replied they would not allow for an outside staffing company for weddings. I let Kathryn know what they said and she actually reached out to the company via e-mail since she had connections with there to try to allow DNA to serve their food.

    The company still wouldn't allow an outside company to serve but they worked with us on pricing and we got everything we wanted within our budget. She made us super happy with just putting in that extra effort to get the ball rolling on a solution for trimming costs and I will definitely be recommending everyone to use DNA events for staffing needs in the future.

    By the way, this all happened in a day. She is great with corresponding and keeping me in the know with the next possible step. Thanks for you time and advice! :)

    Sent on 01/27/2018

    dna events's reply:

    Stephanie, we are so glad to hear that you had a great experience with Kathryn. We pride ourselves on really doing right by our clients, no matter the scenario, and we are elated to see that you recognized and appreciated the efforts of our team! We wish you all of the love and happiness out there!
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    Lauryn · Married on 01/14/2018

    5.0
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    Words cannot express how happy I was to find and work with DNA Events. I used them for my full service throughout the wedding, bartenders, and light catering during the cocktail hour. Every single person I spoke with was nothing shy of being amazing. We were fully catered to my entire wedding, making sure we had everything that we could possibly need. They went above and beyond what I needed out of a catering company.

    Sent on 01/25/2018

    dna events's reply:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience, Lauryn! It was an honor to be a part of your big day and we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!
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    Daisy · Married on 09/22/2017

    5.0
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      5.0
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    I cannot say enough good things about DNA Events/Dagar's Catering. From the very first conversation, I knew I had found a good fit vendor. Everyone we worked with was courteous, professional, prompt and so, so helpful. Kathryn Albarado handled most of our planning and she inspires confidence and calm in every interaction--which is not always easy when a couple is planning the biggest party they've ever thrown ;) We served Dagar's delicious salad and appetizers, combined with Tacodeli mains and Moojo Ice Cream sandwiches. Guests RAVED about the food (and went up for seconds and thirds) and the servers could not have been more lovely to work with! If you're looking for a caterer for an Austin event...look no further!!!

    Sent on 11/26/2017

    dna events's reply:

    Thank you so much for sharing this experience, Daisy! We had such a wonderful time working with our partner vendors and sister company for your big day and love hearing that you two and your guests loved everything. We worked hard to ensure that we could bring a unique taste of Austin to your special day and it is such a wonderful feeling to hear that our clients love the service and food they received. Wishing you and Tim a lifetime of love and happiness together!
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    Hilary · Married on 08/13/2017

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    We had a great experience with them. We only used the bartending service and it was extremely reasonably priced and Mando the bartender provided awesome service. He was attentive and provided people with water and knew to hand my father-in-law with a new Miller Lite without him asking. Thanks DNA!

    Sent on 08/20/2017

    dna events's reply:

    Thanks for sharing your positive experience everywhere, Hilary! It was an honor to take care of your bar on your big day!
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    Jessica · Married on 11/11/2016

    5.0
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      5.0
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    The good folks at DNA were ALL fantastic! From pre-wedding day to the big day, they were nothing but helpful and professional. I would recommend them for anyone wanting to get married in Austin. GREAT company!

    Sent on 11/20/2016

    dna events's reply:

    Thank you so much for sharing these kind words! We strive to elicit reactions like this in regard to our staff and quality of service and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your event. Please let us know if we can ever do anything else for you!
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    Norma · Married on 04/14/2016

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    DNA was recommended by our venue and it was the best decsion we ever made. Initially, I was hesitant in emailing this company because I was not involved in the interview process. However I found that via my first email was answered in a timely manner I knew then we were in good hands. Kara answered all my emails and phone calls efficiently and promptly. DNA was hired for the bar tendering, floral, catering for cocktail hour and setup/breakdown of ceremony to reception service. During the wedding, Jenniffer took charge and made sure everybody was taken care of. Starting from the bride and groom to every guest at the wedding making sure all their needs were addressed. The setup for the cocktail hour was beautiful and the appetizers were delicious. Also Esther did a beautiful job with the floral and within our budget. My daughter's bouquet, tall centerpiece, and table centerpieces were amazing. She is an excellent florist. DNA is an exceptional company that has an amazing, caring and efficient staffing service, floral and bar tendering. If you hire this company you will be pleased with their Superior Service.

    Sent on 05/08/2016

    dna events's reply:

    Norma,

    Thank you so much for trusting us with your celebration! We will share this with our entire team as they love to know that the end clients are not just satisfied but exceptionally satisfied!

    Thank you and we hope to work with you again in the future!
    DNA Events
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    Jess · Married on 11/14/2015

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    DNA/Dagger Events did a fantastic job of catering our wedding. We actually brought them in late in planning as our original option fell through and they were up to speed and on it immediately. The food was delicious, the staff was extremely attentive and professional, and our guests were well taken care of. They were also very accommodating with dietary restrictions. I would highly recommend working with their team.

    Sent on 12/10/2015

    dna events's reply:

    Jess,

    We are thrilled that our team took care of you and your guests in such a way that represented both you and the DNA & Dagar's name well! It was a pleasure for us to be a part of your big day!
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    Amber · Married on 11/07/2015

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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    DNA Events was the most professional and easy company to work with. Kara responded to any email or question I had very promptly. I felt comfortable asking her questions about my wedding outside of just the catering. I was so impressed with the service at the wedding. We used the full service package and we chose right when we picked that one. Kara and her team handled everything and I didn't have to spend any of my time before the big moment worrying. I would 100% recommend DNA Events to anyone planning on getting married. Everything from beginning to end was perfect.

    Sent on 12/04/2015

    dna events's reply:

    Amber,
    Thank you so much for your kind words! We love weddings so much around here and love pouring out our knowledge onto our clients. Remember us for your next big event as we are always excited about a party!
  • User5487443 · 2+ years ago

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      5.0
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      5.0
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    DNA Events provided HomeSlice Pizza for our wedding reception and our guests loved it! HomeSlice may have been the showstopper, but DNA was the behind the scenes crew that made everything run smoothly. From the initial emails back and forth to the big day, nothing was too big, too small, or too inconvenient for DNA to take on. They're very responsive, professional, and strive to make sure the food they're bringing from restaurants around town lives up to the hype. I highly recommend them!

    Sent on 10/01/2015

    dna events's reply:

    There is nothing more fun than serving up Austin's favorites to guests from all over the country and even from around the world. We are proud to be the "go to" full service catering arm for famous eateries such as Homeslice. These eateries take great pride in their product and we take great pride in presenting it with the utmost respect for the integrity and quality of their food. Austin has so much to offer, so don't ever settle for less! Keep us in mind in the future and we'll help you make every party "uniquely Ausitn"!
  • User4629062 · 2+ years ago

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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    DNA was very flexible! We had our appetizers and our main entrée come from different caterers and they were very accommodating. They did a great job going through last minute details with us before the wedding. Also, the on site staff did an excellent job making the serving process quick. Several times while the meal was being served staff came over to my husband and I to make sure we had enough food and drink. They even provided us with a to go box when we left. We were very impressed!

    Sent on 07/02/2015

    dna events's reply:

    This is one of our most favorite compliments, attentiveness. Our service captains take tremendous pride in taking care of the brand-new-newlyweds on their big day. After all, it is the very first event that you will throw as "lifetime partners in crime" and it was our pleasure to cater to you both on your big night!
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    Kate · Married on 04/25/2015

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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    We were beyond impressed with the professionalism and service on our wedding day! I will trust DNA events...especially Marissa and David with any events we have in the future! Amazing!

    Sent on 06/17/2015
  • User5637210 · 2+ years ago

    5.0
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    dna events provided the staff, china and glassware for our daughter's wedding and we were delighted with their work. Marissa was our coordinator and she was so helpful and responsive to our requests. Our guests raved about the excellent service. I would highly recommend dna events.

    Sent on 11/23/2015
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    Shannon · Married on 03/07/2015

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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    DNA Events made our wedding extra special! Their food service and bar service was top notch, and they ensured that all of our guests and ourselves had a fantastic time! Marissa was wonderful to work with. She responded promptly to my emails, answered all of my questions thoroughly, and made sure everything was perfect for our big day. Thank you DNA Events!

    Sent on 03/12/2015

    dna events's reply:

    Shannon, we are so thrilled that you had such a wonderful experience with our team. Your family and guests were a delight to serve and we appreciate your feedback! Call us anytime!
  • User3748238 · 2+ years ago

    5.0
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    We got in touch with DNA when we discovered we could serve Tacodeli at our wedding. From the very beginning, they were there to answer our multitude of questions. The service level really increased when we began working with Marissa. We wanted to serve appetizers, but we couldn’t find any we were satisfied with. None had the cuisine to compliment delicious Tacodeli. Marissa brilliantly suggested working with DNA’s full-service catering company, Dagar’s, who created an incredible appetizer menu. Marissa even invited us to one of Dagar’s catering events where we were able to taste all the appetizers we were going to serve. (The Panamanian Empanadas are to die for!) But the service level didn’t stop at food. Marissa coordinated our linen order with Premiere Events and when I showed her a picture of the dessert table I had in mind, the owner’s husband MADE tree stump serving platters for all the cookies we were serving. I couldn’t believe how accommodating they were, and this was just weeks before the wedding.
    At the wedding, service was prompt and organized. We used DNA for our bar service and the drinks flowed freely. We had two bars and I never once saw anyone waiting in line for a drink. And as bride and groom, our koozies were never empty thanks to the keen eyes of the bartenders. At the end of the evening, they helped my family pack up all the left over alcohol into their cars and even made to-go bags for each of our families. This was all while it was 30 degrees and raining. And as such a nice surprise, Marissa showed up at the wedding! My husband and I were so happy to see her :)
    If you are thinking outside the box when it comes to wedding food, I would HIGHLY recommend DNA. They have designated partners you can work with or you could use any of your favorite restaurants and DNA will do the rest. And work with Marissa. You will not be disappointed! Thanks so much for being a part of our wedding! You truly made it the amazing day it was!

    Sent on 03/19/2015
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    Lilli · Married on 03/01/2014

    5.0
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    DNA Events made my daughter's wedding awesome. They assisted us in our catering and were absolutely wonderful during the ceremony and reception. DNA Events made the reception so carefree for the parents of the Bride and the Wedding Coordinator. Their staff was extremely professional and caring. I highly recommend DNA Events.

    Sent on 03/06/2014
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    Jennifer · Married on 05/18/2013

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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    We could not have pulled off our perfect day without the help of Lydia and all of her strategic planning. The entire day went off without a hitch and I was able to stay calm and just enjoy our day because we had some of the most professional staff wiring with us.

    Sent on 07/08/2013
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    Kelley · Married on 03/17/2012

    5.0
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      5.0
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    The service that I received from DNA events was truly above and beyond the call of duty! Lydia and all of the staff that serviced my wedding were professional and made the whole evening run smoother than I could possibly imagine. I'm glad I listened to Rachael from Memory Lane Event Center and went with them to for serving the food/tending the bar at my wedding. She said it best 'Brides who go with DNA get what they want'. Thank you guys so so so much for helping to make my wedding as perfect as humanly possible.

    They more than made up for the lack of of professionalism and customer service we received from the Saltlick BBQ at one point during the planning process(they did give us free appetizers in the end though- and all the food was divine! So an overall win).
    A word of advice - If you are planning to have food from the Saltlick at your event, make sure DNA serves it to your guests if you want a wonderful wedding experience. OR just go with them for all of your food needs as well, these guys do just about everything !
    So to sum it up - these gals n guys are wonderful and everyone should use their services :)
    Thanks for making my day even more memorable!

    Sent on 04/15/2012
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    Ann · Married on 10/22/2011

    4.8
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    DNA events did a wonderful job. They took care of coordinating everything for my wedding and reception.

    Sent on 09/09/2012
  • User5639274 · 2+ years ago

    4.6
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    • Value:
      5.0
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    Lydia was absolutely wonderful to work with - so helpful, flexible & accommodating.

    The day of the wedding, the staff was well dressed, attentive - and most importantly kept their cool (and cleaned up) after a tornado started and the power went out!

    I would definitely recommend DNA to anyone that is looking for event staffing services.

    Sent on 11/23/2015

    dna events's reply:

    Thank you so much for recognizing the commitment it takes to execute an event literally in the face of a storm. You and your guests were fantastic and patient despite the weather outside. In the future if you ever have any issues regarding response time please don't hesitate to reach out to info@dnaeventsaustin.com as multiple team members see and respond to this address daily. Additionally, you are always welcome to reach out to the owner directly at kathryn@dnaeventsaustin.com or kathryn@dagarscatering.com.
  • User5632498 · 2+ years ago

    4.4
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    People raved about the quality of our food, and it was partially because of the restaurant, Easy Tiger, that provided it, but also due to the impeccable preparation by DNA Events. They had very specific instructions, and they followed them perfectly.

    Sent on 11/20/2015
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    Jen · Married on 01/28/2017

    4.4
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      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    DNA really pulled everything together for our wedding catering and we couldn’t be more grateful! It was hard to agree to the full-service catering requirement our venue set due to the added cost but the venue knew what they were doing when they set that rule and recommended DNA. It was well worth the extra cost for that stress to be taken away. They did a great job making sure food was fresh and drinks were cold. They were the first to greet and congratulate us after our “I do’s” with refreshing water while we gathered our thoughts and feelings and excitement. Most couples don’t get to eat at their own wedding but DNA made sure we each had a plate made and waiting for us at our table when we got to the reception so we could definitely enjoy the meal with everyone. They even made plates for our parents so they wouldn’t have to wait in the buffet line. Tables were bused and everything was cleaned up as the night went on. We had plenty of leftovers and they not only packed up each individual food item for easy transport to go home the next day but also made some pre-packaged, individual meals to be enjoyed by the wedding party later in the night after DNA left. Wonderful experience from start to finish!

    Sent on 02/20/2017

    dna events's reply:

    Jennifer, thank you so much for spreading the word about your experience! We are wishing you and Gabe all of the love in the world as a married couple. :)
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    Michael Dixon · Married on 02/17/2019

    2.6
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      5.0
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      2.0
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    • Professionalism:
      3.0

    Not Worth the Price

    Before I go on my rant, I want to know the bartender was excellent, but everything else was a mess. No communication whatsoever on during the event. The staff had a schedule and points of contact to clear up confusion, but no one had bothered to check with anyone when the ceremony went over the scheduled time. The DJ was not even able to announce us as a couple and have someone say a prayer when all of a sudden the caterers started serving the food to guests. We had to wait and eat somewhere else to get everything back on track. Then come time to cut the cake, and there is nothing to serve or cut it with or the other dessert we told them to serve along side. Finally, there were entire trays of food that were never replinished despite there being leftovers and guests looking for it. I hope this was a fluke because was really a mess for the price we had to pay. It's basically several thousand on top if what your food actually costs. Especially since our venue required us to use them to serve our food in order to go off the approved vendor list.

    Sent on 03/19/2019

    dna events's reply:

    Michael, we are very disheartened to hear about your displeasure. This is NOT the normal response that we receive as is evident by the previous reviews. As we take your concerns seriously, we have already spoken to our team regardokg

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