Post # 1
I’ve been lurking here at the weddingbeehive and theknot.com’s Hawaii Bios.
There seems to be great caterers in Oahu, but they are so expensive. Between rentals, staffing, and food, my budget is over in the thousands!
Does anyone have a recommendation for a caterer, who can provide a menu for $12,000 for 100 people, which includes rentals and staffing?
Also, is there any recommendations for day of the wedding coordinating? So far, the quotes I received are $1500-$2000!
Am I being realistic? Am I expecting too much? The remainder of the budget still has to handle photos, flowers, DJ, hair, makeup, clothing, etc.
Thank you for your help!
Post # 3
The caterer I used was Michelle Nakaya of Ginniberries. She was WONDERFUL, and she was great on working with me on the budget. And her food was FANTASTIC. (We came in well under your budget, but we also did a cocktail style reception, not a sit-down dinner.) One of the great things about her is that if you are doing your reception/ceremony in a non-hotel venue (i.e. you need help w/ rentals, etc.) she can do all that for you. I don’t know if she specifically does day-of coordination for weddings, but she did a great job of handling the responsibilities I gave her: to take care of the rentals and set up, the food, she even took care of bringing in little extra doo-dads to make the serving tables look pretty. Not sure if she’d do things like coordinate your other vendors, though.
Check her out at http://www.ginniberries.com.
Sadly, a lot of things here *are* really expensive…captive audience.
That’s approx. what we paid for our day-of coordinator. Truth be told, tho’, I used someone I knew through work, and he wasn’t a *wedding* planner, more corporate events, and I didn’t ask around for other rates.
I’d also recommend Dorys Foltin (http://www.dorysfoltin.com) for hair and makeup. She did a great job, and she does the airbrush stuff for only $10 more than her regular fee.
If you want to PM me, I’d be happy to give you more vendor recommendations.
Post # 4
Thank you so much for the info! Will PM you shortly.
Post # 5
When is your wedding? The reason I ask is because you can negotiate for better prices if your wedding is during off season. I learned this the hard way.
I have a few affordable options for caterers that came about during my research. If you PM me the the following info, I can help better:
1) what kind of meal are you looking for? (i.e. plated, buffet, etc)
2) what kind of food do you want? (i.e. more asian fusion or traditional)
3) is your reception a lunch, dinner etc? (this makes a difference)
4) in terms of rentals, are you looking for just basics (i.e. tables, regular chairs, covers, linens) or do you want the nice stuff (i.e. chivarri, clear-top tents)?
As for the day of coordinator, that sounds about right. I got a full service coordinator so I can’t really comment, but from reading/talking to other HI brides, $1500-$2000 is the range. Let’s talk more.
Post # 6
I need all the help I can get.
Post # 7
my day-of-coordination charges by the hour, and it’s definitely well below 1500-2000 you’ve quoted. i suggest you logging onto theknot’s hawaii board. i’ve learned SOOO much and got SOOOOO much help from all the girls who are planning their weddings on one of the islands. you would have tons of recommendations and advice (wedding AND non-wedding related). it’s a really great place to bounce off ideas. good luck! please private message if you have any question regarding vendors and etc. i’m on a fairly tight budget for my oahu wedding, so i’ve found great vendors at great prices!