It’s Spotlight Day, where we introduce you to incredible Orlando wedding vendors and share the stories behind these companies who help Wedding Venue Map couples have their best wedding day.
Hiring the right wedding vendors is so important on your wedding day. The vendors help create the atmosphere you want for your special day.
It gives us great pleasure to introduce this week’s vendor spotlight, Dave Devito of Bar-Tini Orlando.
When people ask “what do you do?” how do you answer?
I have created a unique alternative to standard wedding bars. I try to individualize the experience at each event. The goal is to make memories and enhance an already spectacular experience for my clients.
What did you do before you did this?
I have tended bar since 1995 at Pleasure Island in Walt Disney World. Since then I have owned my own Italian restaurant, managed several bars and restaurants, and consulted restaurant owners. Mostly, I have always found myself migrating back to the bar.
What is your favorite thing about what you do? What’s your WHY?
I realized many years ago that providing an entertaining alternative is something that I genuinely enjoy doing. I thoroughly enjoy meeting people, hearing stories, and learning about their experiences. I love to see people laugh and do my best to help them get there.
What motivates you to do this every day?
Simply put, the uniqueness of every experience. As I said, I have tended bar in many places over the years and essentially even at Disney and Universal, the daily grind becomes monotonous. That is not the case for doing private events. Every event is different. Every client is different. Every guest is different. Hands-down, that is the best reason to do this for a living.
What is the best compliment you’ve received from your clients?
A few weeks ago, a bride asked for a bartender referral in a Facebook group with over 30,000 members. So many of my former brides responded to the post that this bride called me, booked me, and friended me on Facebook. We are looking forward to her January 2020 wedding. That, to me, was the ultimate compliment.
What is important for clients to know about your company before they book you?
I work very hard to make sure that my clients know that I understand what they are up against. I like to speak to prospective clients so they know my personality and why I do what I do. It allows them to check off the bar as one thing they don’t have to give another thought to until the event begins.
What types of events do you specialize in?
I specialize in weddings, corporate events, and private parties. One of my favorite events was a Star Wars themed “May the Fourth” holiday party where we incorporated Star Wars trivia and themed smoking drinks into the event.
Why do couples hire you?
I like to think that couples hire me because, within a few moments, they realize my true motivation. It’s not about making a bunch of money from them. It’s about being a key part of their special day. Nothing makes me feel better than when I receive a call from a guest at a wedding that Bar-Tini was part of, as they schedule their own event.
Tell us briefly about some of your package options.
We have three different package options for purchase:
- You provide the alcohol and supplies for the event and we serve your guests!
- You provide alcohol only and we provide all additional supplies for the event including mixers and paper products.
- We provide everything you need for your event.
From there, we can customize the number of bartenders for your guests, the style of bar you would like to use, and all of the additional information needed by your venue.
What is your best piece of advice for brides or grooms?
Do your research. We live in a time where information is at your fingertips. Don’t allow yourself to get convinced that you need something that you don’t. It’s YOUR day. Make sure everyone involved is there to help make is spectacular.
Name three unique venues that you enjoy working at and why.
Cielo Blu in Fellsmere is a gorgeous venue and extremely vendor-friendly.
Osceola Historical Society Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek is an excellent and affordable option for a scenic wedding.
Personally, I probably enjoy working the private estates the most. Specifically, one in Altamonte Springs that was simply spectacular. With that said, each event is different and that’s one of the things I enjoy most about tending bar privately.
What some of their previous couples had to say….
“Amazing bartenders, excellent customer service, definitely recommend for any event! Dave went above and beyond for my wedding!” – Katlyn Andersen, Cielo Blu Barn
“Excellent bartending service, efficient, and kind! What amazes me most is that he would walk around and make sure the guests were taken care of! Look no further, I highly recommend Dave and Bar-Tini Orlando!” – Shari Ann, Wedding Coordinator, Private Estate
“I worked as the Venue Rentals Director with Dave DeVito and Bar-Tini Orlando at the Venues Managed by the Osceola County Historical Society. He was extremely professional, personable and timely. They cleaned up well after each event and provided the utmost care and consideration with our artifacts, museum displays, and historic buildings. The guests were always pleased with their fun attitudes and above-and-beyond service. Our event hosts and brides LOVED their affordable price and customizable packages which saved them tons of money for their overall events. They have a high insurance policy and liability which made us as a historic venue very pleased. I would without a shadow of a doubt recommend Dave DeVito and his team at Bar-Tini Orlando to handle any event that comes their way!” – Maggie Ferrara, Osceola County Historical Society