Sep 25, 2010

( 2.4 / 5.0 )
We worked with Bella Pictures affiliate - Studio Blue.

We were just married two weeks ago and we had a 28 day waiting period before our pictures would be available. So the final results remain to be seen.

Overall, we were happy with the price and the fact that we can look forward to having all the digital negatives. With all of the photo service available from various online and studio services I'm not too worried about getting enough prints or putting together albums/photo books.

The questionnaire process prior to being assigned a photographer is pretty tedious and as I said the results of our pairing with a photographer hang on when we see our pictures.

One criticism in their process, and one that friends have been told before, is they fact that you don't get to meet your photographer prior to the wedding or have a direct say on who you get. It's a bit like a online dating service where you do your best to describe what you are looking for an then go on your first date and hope that the chemistry shows in the photos.

Pros: Great, affordable price; process is almost completely online; auto-pay installments with email reminders; customer service reps are very responsive with any email inquiries that are submitted

Cons: Not meeting the photographer for an in person consultation; time-line planner was not very helpful in outlining the shots we wanted
Services used: Photography

Davids Bridal
( 3.6 / 5.0 )
David's Bridal in general is easy to use because many of what the show online is available in stores. Being affiliated with Men's Warehouse made coordinating the bridal party very easy. For a busy working bride doing as much online is ideal.

The dress I chose was from their designer collection and no longer available to order but I got lucky and was able to buy one off the rack. I'm not one of those overly picky girls and was very happy to get a dress as a well reduced price point. Overall their dresses start as the lower price points so if you are on a budget this is the place to go.

Also, because it is a national retailer there is usually a location within driving distance. This comes in handy when you need to dress people who do not live near by or in a different state.

Cons: There are trade offs when you work with a retail chain that works their own companies designs - and therefore can offer the lower prices. Mainly service and quality.

I was lucky to side step that landmine and worked with reps that were not rude and I did not have any major issues with our garments. If you are expecting one on one attention, try and ask for an appointment day/time that is not as heavily booked or sees a lot of walk-in traffic. I would suggest also knowing your dress cuts and materials well so that you take a lot of the headache out of the shopping process ahead of time.
Services used: Dress & Attire

( 2.4 / 5.0 )
The view and the outdoor setting sealed the deal for us. Our first few meetings/interactions with the wedding coordinator left us feeling a bit uneasy and I would strongly urge anyone considering this location to be very, very patient. They were very accommodating and flexible in the sense that there are really no rules or restrictions - great for us! But if you are the type of people that like a certain amount of responsiveness and professionalism just be fore-warned. I'm not saying necessarily to go elsewhere but I would tell anyone who asks to be fore-warned.

Pros: View, view and view; pool/water feature, romantic lighted trees, rustic feel, included valet service, no restrictions on noise and hard liquor bar, no timelimits

Cons: Hilly drive to the location, the terrain makes the table arrangements/seating chart very difficult, one person restroom (with a back-up restroom away from the main building), power issues (using a band with dj set-up)
Services used: Wedding Venue

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Gina and her crew did an excellent job. She really goes above and beyond the call of duty and we were so lucky to have found her and Elegant Occasions.

Our guests raved about how good the food was - even so far as to say it was the BEST wedding food they have ever had.

Gina is so wonderful to work with and she really stays on top of all the details. Even with all the changes and challenges that arise she was able to keep rolling with the punches.

She has a lot of experience which made it really easy to defer to her for help with planning the reception schedule. Elegant Occasions also provides a variety of related services - we rented our tables and chairs through them as well as doing the full bar with bartenders. It really made our lives so much easier to have them do it all because all we had to do was enjoy the day.

The only thing I would change is to have booked our limo through them instead of someone else.
Services used: Catering

( 3.6 / 5.0 )
Pros: Anne worked with my budget and helped me work with seasonal varieties; online budget planner was very helpful; simple and straight forward consultation and pricing; colors were exactly what we talked about; arrangements were cleanly put together and delivered on time.

Cons: Arrangements were smaller than I had expected and perhaps seeing samples in person would have been helpful to set my expectations accordingly

Overall I feel like I got what I had asked for and wish that I had taken a little more time that day to enjoy my flowers.
Services used: Flowers

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Kelly did an amazing job on our wedding cake and I was very happy with the final product. We had gone back and forth on the final design before settling on one and she was very flexible and accommodating the all the chances. She was able to incorporate a design element from our invitations and meld it with a picture that I found online.

Her consultation was very informative and she really has the experience and knowledge that we wanted. She made us feel very comfortable and even customized our cake flavor based on our responses from the tasting.

One piece of advise when going through the consultation or finalizing the order is to discuss specifically what the cake stand will be so that the cake board works. I failed to mention that the cake stand we were using was round and had a round cake on a square board on top of a round cake stand. Little oops! but could have been easily resolved if I had thought to say something.
Services used: Wedding Cake

Katie Make-Up and Hair
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We had a wonderful experience with Katie and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for hair and make-up services. She is so easy to talk to and does a great job of translating what you ask for into beautiful results. Everyone in my party, from moms to flower girls had something done and raved about how great Katie was.

She has a great technique that makes even the girls who never wear make-up feel comfortable and confident about their look.

Her make-up application was flawless and stood up to my super oily skin and near 100 degree heat. Unfortunately I had a terrible haircut a week before my wedding(which was only supposed to be a trim) and she was able to rework the style I had from my consultation into a sweet up-do.

Pros: Thorough and comprehensive consultation; very responsive and professional correspondences - via email (great for busy working brides); wonderful and personable attitude; great style and taste level; really understands techniques for ethnic eyes (those of Asian decent will know what I mean); will travel to location

Cons: That I can't have her do my hair and make-up every day
Services used: Beauty & Health
Katie Make-Up and Hair
awwwwwwww, thank you soo much for your kind words. It was my pleasure to work with you and everyone.

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Pros: We chose her layered leaf design to keep with our outdoorsy theme; the invitations were clean and exactly as they were listed on her Esty shop; the arrived neatly organized and in clean, clear boxes - very posh; the price fit perfectly with our budget and we didn't feel like were were skimping with we got the final product.

Cons: We found her Etsy shop months before we had to order our invitations and put it off because of a family friend. We should have ordered them when we first saw the invitations because Jill ended up going into labor and had to postpone a lot of her orders. (This not really a con because it was our poor timing)

The one big thing I suggest when using any of the vendors from Etsy is to be mindful of each shop owners announcements and requirements for ordering - they will vary from shop to shop and if they have blackout dates or estimated times to expect orders it is very helpful to know so that you can plan orders accordingly.
Services used: Invitations