Beverly Hills, CA 90211
First of all I did love my dress and got it for way less than I would have been able to anywhere else, so in that sense I was happy with it, but there were a couple of major flaws. For one thing, the sizes are WAY off. The shop assistant measured me at 2-3 inches larger than I actually was, but I've been measured enough times that I knew she was wrong, so I was able to adapt. Following what I knew to be my measurements, the size 2 would have been just a bit too small. I was planning on working out before the wedding though and have a very narrow torso, so I decided to order it anyway, against the recommendations of the staff. By the time it had arrived my body was still the same and I was worried it wouldn't fit, but the dress was still 1-2 inches too big (so there is no way the sizes in their chart are accurate). They charged me $250 to take it in and put in a very simple bustle. If I'd followed their measurements I would have ordered a dress that was at least two sizes too big.
Also, the quality of the dress was not high at all. It had a lot of detail work and there were tons of loose threads and little beads falling off. I didn't care that much due to the good price and the fact that of course you only need to wear it once, but it really could have been better. Lastly, only after the wedding did I notice the care instructions: Do not wash or dryclean. So what are you supposed to do with it after the wedding? I finally emailed them and they said I could take it to the drycleaners, but they weren't liable if decorations "melted". I'm planning on taking it this week and will see what happens, but again, I was not impressed and probably wouldn't have bought the dress if I'd noticed that beforehand. At least it looked good in the pictures!
Patricia actually catered our full wedding. Her food was so much better than the "standard" wedding fare and she really worked with us to stay within our budget. What's more, she was a pleasure to have there on the actual day. I recommend her highly!
Los Angeles, CA 91405
Carina, from Tealight Weddings & Events, was a lifesaver! I had never thought about having a “day of” coordinator, but as the day approached I realized there were a lot of details that weren’t going to take care of themselves. I was already getting a lot of help from family and friends, but I knew I wanted them (and me!) to be able to relax and enjoy the actual event. Carina turned out to be the solution. From our first meeting, she made me confident that the day would go smoothly, raising questions (and finding answers) that hadn’t occurred to me and reassuring me that everything was under control. On the actual day of the wedding, Carina was invaluable. She oversaw the set up of decorations, programs, place cards, flowers and so much more; coordinated with vendors; got the reception back on track when our ceremony ran over; and made sure everything got returned to its proper place at the end of the night. What’s more, when we realized we didn’t have the song for our first dance, Carina drove to our hotel, got the song off of my computer and brought it back without missing a beat. I truly don’t know what we would have done without her!