Post # 1
I’m doing preliminary research and am looking at Kinney Bungalow as a site and West Bay Gourmet as the caterers/planners. Has anyone worked with these companies before? I have heard rave reviews, and prices posted are great! I’m just worried that the prices will sky rocket when it comes to decor/linens/china etc…and also alcohol because Kinney Bungalow require open bar only…
Besides the food and the site prices I can’t find any prices that estimates all the other things, esp because West Bay says they can organize the rest… (I’m covered for flowers already)
Any thoughts are appreciated!!!
Post # 3
Hey Lauren! Kinney is soo pretty. That will be an awesome venue.
I do know that for the open bar with West Bay, you can buy all of your own alcohol and give it to them beforehand. I actually think that will turn out a lot cheaper than the open bars at some of the other places. If you can go up to the liquor outlet in New Hampshire, and just buy a bunch of bottles and beers and whatever you think your crowd will drink, it will probably end up being really reasonable!!
Also, West Bay’s food is amazing. I grew up in Narragansett and that’s one of my favorite places to eat! I’ve been to events they have done as well and they do a great job.
Hope this helps =)
Post # 4
I’ve also heard West Bay Gourmet is delicious and their presentation looks great online. I found them to be rather pricey and ultimately went with a different caterer. We are also doing an open bar, supply your own alcohol and we decided to stick to beer and wine in order to better predict demand and control costs/consumption. We got our wine from Yankee Spirits in MA – they have a huge selection for every price range and even offer case discounts on some brands.
Post # 5
I was married last July and used both these vendors. I searched high and low in Narragansett/Newport and found both the location and the caterer to not only be among the BEST but also among the most COST EFFECTIVE. The West Bay Gourmet prices as posted are just that, their prices. There are no hidden costs. My husband and I have family and friends that are, well, to put it politely, professional imbibers. So we were concerned with bar costs. I didn’t want to purchase all my alcohol elsewhere as I was pretty lost on how to figure out how much we needed. West Bay’s open bar rates were less than everyone else I’d spoken with and their options are flexible (we wanted a particular set of wines and they were able to locate for us).
We used them for our decor as well as going through them for additional chairs required for our separate ceremony venue. Even though they were the middle man for the rentals, it was still very inexpensive and the ease of working with one vendor for all, rather than rental companies, plus food, etc was worth it. We did purchase our own champagne which West Bay had no problem with. I had a very specific vision in mind for what I wanted our food to be. West Bay was great and working through their existing menu to see what matched as well as creating some new dishes for us.
I was addicted to excel spreadsheets, and knew down to the person what the costs were. However, West Bay also wrote me up a very detailed estimate so that I had no concerns (I had started to get a bit confused when ball parking tables, chairs). If you work with KC, telling her # of people and especially if you are going with Kinney, she knows that place like the back of her hand.
As for Kinney Bungalow, the venue is beautiful, inexpensive and unique and the staff is very friendly. The only item to watch for is they are fairly strict on set up times. So be sure your vendors can make this work. If you work with West Bay, again, they are expereienced/aware of all this and will work through it.
Also fully recommend the rest of my vendors should you still be looking for some (I made an effort to stay local with all):
DJ: Moondance Productions, Alan Skiffington; Susan Sancomb Photography; Florist: Weedweavers; Day of Wedding Coordinator: Eventfully Planned, Jamie Nelson; Guitarist: Dennis Costa, Wakefield Music; Transportation: Viking Tours
Post # 6
@slicey19: could you tell me the other caterer you ended up going with? they were less than West Bay? And did you come across any other inexpensive caterers for Kinney Bungalow? Thanks!!