It was about $10 per person, not fancy, but definitely affordable. Great place to do it if you are on a budget and don't have a snooty family *wink*
Greensboro, NC 27401
This was the easy way out for me...I wanted something simple and chic, and on a budget, and they had it. This is the easiest and best way to do invitations...stationary stores charge over double what I paid, and it just wasn't worth it to me. I like the pattern I got (Extraordinary Love) and the color matched my wedding perfectly. You can also order samples, which is awesome!
Cupertino, CA 95014
If you are a San Jose kid, and you have a large family (we had over 200 people...) and a fixed budget, this is the best place in the South Bay to have a reception. It does NOT look like a high school cafeteria like the rest of the community centers in the area, and there is a pretty fountain outside to take pictures near. Great dance floor, nice stage for either the bridal party or DJ, and pretty lighting and columns. Great place for the money.
Lami, Fiji Islands
We could not have asked for a better honeymoon site! It was everything we wanted! The two hour drive and 30 minute boat ride from the airport to this 8 acre island in Fiji was totally worth it! If you are looking for night-life, this is not for you. This is a sleepy island where you CAN to activities, but you don't have to. You can just relax the whole time! We snorkeled, did an village visit, sandspit picnic, masage, and fish feeding off the little pier. There was also fishing, jet skiing, snuba and scuba available, but we had enough fun with the free snorkeling. The food was exciting (lots of fresh caught fish, but there was always something for the non fish-eater like me), and the managers made sure to come out and greet everyone at cocktail hour. There are only 16 bulas on the island, so there are never more than 30 or so people on the island. This is definitely only for couples who want to mostly relax and spend intimate time together...not a fast paced place...if you want a party place go to Cancun.
Campbell, CA 95008
I'm going to start by saying...the person who fitted me (Cheryl) had the upmost patience, and even missed her lunch break for me. I had 15 women with me and they accomodated us without a grumble. They have the best selection of gowns; they have the reputation of being expensive, but as long as you tell them your budget they will work within it. The Trudy of Trudy's Brides is always there on the weekends, supervising and making sure you are taken care of. She's a little nutty, but very nice. I loved trying on gowns here...and I am not fond of trying things on. I got my gown, tiara, and veil AND my bridesmaids gowns here, and if I had it to do all over again would do the same.
This caterer is great! They have AWESOME prices, and fun tasting sessions. They have a variety of tasty foods and drinks, and champagne/martinelli's to toast comes with the deal! We didn't have alcohol or open bar at our reception, so it was considerably cheaper for us. We had 200 people and only spent $50 per head for EVERYTHING...including appetizers, 3 courses, martinelli's, punch & water, linens & china, cake cutting & serving, and clean up. If you are trying to feed a lot of people for a good price, use Savory & Sweet. You won't be disappointed!
We tried a few places, including Sugar, Butter, Flour...and let me tell you, none were as delicious as Icing!!! The fact that they have walk-in tastings every other Saturday should say something...they are really popular. Our wedding cake was simply beautiful, and the tastiest I've ever had! They let you try whatever combinations you want at the tastings, and you can big a different flavor for ever tier if you want! The people there are so helpful, the shop is extremely chic...and they know cake! They also have the most wonderful pastries and cookies. A little pricier, but totally worth it.
Santa Clara, CA 95050
We actually used the Citti's in Campbell, on Hamilton and Bascom. We got the most BEAUTIFUL flowers, the altar arrangement was just STUNNING. They worked within our budget and color matched to our theme perfectly. I would recommend them to anyone who wants professional looking and beautiful flowers.
Orbie was the best photographer we could ask for. He knew what he was doing, and had fun doing it. As a fellow photographer, I appreciated his expertise and professionalism. We will be able to remember our wedding and engagement like it was yesterday with our beautiful photos. We couldn't ask for more in a photographer.