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WEDDING DATE:

Oct 12, 2008

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Effortless Entertaining
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
From our very first meeting, I knew Donnie (the owner) would be perfect for us. He's eccentric, fun, and full of great ideas......and he wasn't afraid of our tight budget. He was also familiar with the intricacies of Cobblestone, our reception site, which helped a TON. He was extremely helpful throughout the entire planning process! The day of our wedding, everyone RAVED about how delicious the food was! The only negative feedback I got was that he was rude to a few of the people who came to help set up for the reception the day of the wedding. I'm not sure if he was just stressed or what, but they told me he was snippy and controlling (I was not there during the setup). However I personally didn't notice anything like that the day of (thank goodness!), and he's always been great to me.
Services used: Unique Services

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Best DJ Entertainment
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I booked Brendan on the spot because I was so impressed with his knowledge of music, and the price was a steal! He was easy to work with in the planning stages, and did a perfect job the day of. He played our ceremony music as well as reception music, and did a great job of working off my playlist, handling requests, and keeping the party going. If I made a request, he responded immediately and with ease. He and his assistant even got out on the floor a few times! Several guests raved about him. I'd highly recommend him!
Services used: DJ

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Moonlight Dance Studio
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We worked with Natasha to choreograph our first dance together. She made Tyson -- who is not very graceful -- look like a wonderful dancer! Enough said! Everyone loved our first dance, and we got a TON of compliments.
Services used: Unique Services

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Cobblestone Farm Center
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Cobblestone is a gorgeous location, and overall everything was great. They can be a little tough to get a hold of at times since they have irregular hours, but are usually good about follow-up. We did have a couple minor problems with them. First, we arrived the day before our wedding (during their open tour hours) for our rehearsal (as discussed with them). My officiant was informed that there was a children's halloween event the same day as our wedding, and that they would be parading the children in costume through our ceremony site at 3:30pm (ceremony was scheduled at 4:00pm). I asked the Barn attendant what was going on, and she was utterly clueless. We found out then that Cobblestone BARN and Cobblestone FARMHOUSE are apparently two separate venues run by two separate organizations, and they don't communicate with each other. The man in charge of the farmhouse assured my officiant that their event would be finished by 3:30 or 4:00pm, but I didn't appreciate finding this out the day before the wedding. Luckily the kids didn't get in the way of our pre-ceremony set-up, and were gone by the time guests arrived, but that would have been interesting to witness a costume parade while we said our vows! The second problem that came up was that they set up the wrong number of chairs at each table in the reception area. I specified on my diagram how many chairs per table (most had 8), and they put 10 chairs at every table anyway. We had 2+ empty seats at every table during the reception. Annoying, but it could have been worse. Other than that, we LOVED the location, and saved a ton of money by bringing in our own food, alcohol, and decorations.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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The Queen's Residence Bed & Breakfast
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
The Queens Residence is a historic bed and breakfast located in downtown Ypsilanti. It is absolutely gorgeous inside, and the rooms (there are only 3) are amazing. They let us come early the morning of the wedding to get ready. The reason I gave them a 4 was because the owners were a little strange. The woman charged me an extra $35 (which she quoted at $25) because she had to help us get the rooms ready for hair and makeup in the morning. Then she actually pulled me aside and told me that I should charge it back to my hair/makeup ladies because they were unprepared. I didnt appreciate her trying to tell me this (I wasnt about to charge it back to the other ladies, theyd done an amazing job), as its not her concern what I pay/charge my vendors. Anyway, I would stay there again because the house is amazing, but Id stay out of the way of the owners.
Services used: Unique Services

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Julie's Bridal Couture
 
( 2.0 / 5.0 )
I had a bad experience getting my dress here. I showed up one afternoon without an appointment (because their website says you don't need one), and they huffed and puffed about helping me. I was content to look around on my own, but eventually a sales lady came to help me out. It was painstakingly obvious that she wasn't happy about having to help me. She kept rolling her eyes, huffing, and disagreeing with me. I had to ask at least 5 times to try on a dress that was in a window display before she reluctantly took it down for me (then she tried to play it off like she was excited for me to try it on). She was rude and unaccommodating. Fortunately (and unfortunately), I found THE ONE while I was there, and it was a sample off the rack. The only reason I bought it from her was because it was discontinued and I'd never see it again elsewhere. That said, after this particular consultant was out of the picture, things were great. The owner, Amy, was super nice. I took my dress to their Plymouth location to be pressed (for free), and the ladies there were also super nice.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Bridal Celebrations
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I attended this show with my fianc right after we got engaged, and it was rather overwhelming..I definitely recommend knowing what you are looking for before you attend one. Unfortunately, most of the vendors we met were too far away for us to work with, which I didnt realize in advance (I should have looked into a local show). We did gather a TON of information, though, which helped when comparing vendors down the road. We did end up booking our DJ from there, and he was great!
Services used: Unique Services

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Kay's Cakes
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Kay makes cakes out of her home and did a fabulous job! Her prices are incredible for what you get, and she's SO creative! I gave her an inspiration picture to work from, and the final product completely surpassed my expectations in terms of beauty....and it was delicious too! I would definitely recommend her!
Services used: Unique Services

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deBebians
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We ordered Tyson's black tungsten ring from DeBebians online. I wanted to get it engraved, but was worried that you'd barely be able to read it (since Tungsten is so hard, apparently it's difficult to engrave). The ring arrived super fast, and the engraving looks amazing! It ended up being the wrong size (too small), but thanks to DeBebians lifetime guarantee, they replaced it for a small deductible ($30) since Tungsten can't be resized. We even got to keep the first ring because it was engraved. So far their customer service has been great, and we love the ring!
Services used: Jewelry

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Jackie Milot
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Jackie is my caterer's aunt, and was recommended by Donnie when I was in a pinch to find a make-up artist for less than $50 per person. Jackie also came out to us on the wedding day and did an amazing job on our make-up! She even let me keep the lip gloss shed used on me, as well as the mascara. Our make-up held up so well all night!
Services used: Unique Services

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President Tuxedo
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We really wanted brown tuxes, and President was the only place that had them, so that's where we went. We decided to do a "groom trial", where they order the whole tux ensemble for the groom to test out before the wedding.....I HIGHLY recommend doing this if you can (it sounded like they may be discontinuing this practice). We ended up having to do 2 trials because the first guy measured Tyson all wrong. But in the end, it went smoothly. We had a couple out-of-town men who called in their measurements to our local shop and it worked out well. The tuxes were ready with no problems, and the guys looked fabulous!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Rev. Kirk's Secular Ceremony
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Kirk was nothing but helpful throughout the planning process. He gave us the option of using a pre-made ceremony, writing our own, or any combination of the two; and he helped us work out the kinks when we couldn't find the right wording for things. He was always on time, well prepared, and efficient. Definitely would recommend!
Services used: Unique Services

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Marcin Harla Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
When Tyson and I walked out of Marcin's house after meeting with him for the first time, we were both smiling. We looked at each other, and Tyson said, "well, I'm set." And I completely agreed. His work is flawless, and he's a master of lighting. We fell in love with his photojournalistic style. The day of the wedding Marcin and his wife, Marzena, were right on time and got straight to work. They did such a great job, and other than the formal shots, they were so unobtrusive, we barely noticed them all night (which is exactly what we wanted). They even stayed past their alloted time to get a huge family portrait on the dance floor. We're so excited to see our pictures!!
Services used: Photography

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Weber's Inn
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Webers is beautiful, and most importantly, delicious! Our rehearsal dinner at this location was a wonderful time. No complaints!
Services used: Wedding Venue

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Originally we had decided to skip the video.....every one I've ever seen was corny, and I just couldn't imagine myself wanting to watch it 5 years from now. However about a month before the wedding I had second thoughts.....we'd spent a lot of time and money on dance lessons, and would have nothing to remember it by (pictures never do it justice). Plus I kept hearing from other brides who didn't have video that they regretted it because the day flies by. So I started searching. I checked out Two Penny on a recommendation from another bride, and absolutely LOVED the samples on their site. Not your typical wedding video, they were artistic and edgy. They worked with our last-minute budget, and I booked them right away. The guys there are amazing. They're young, fun, and full of ideas! They were incredibly inconspicuous on the wedding day which was awesome. We can't wait to see our video!
Services used: Videography