Nov 06, 2005
Bently & Wilson Photography
I can't say enough nice things about these photographers. Hiring Bently & Wilson was the best wedding decision I made. I requested that Todd Wilson photograph our wedding: I'd seen samples of his work and read rave reviews about him, and he was every bit as good as I expected. Todd was nice, funny, and professional, and as you can see by looking at my wedding pictures, he is an AMAZING photographer. He arrived at our hotel and took pictures of me getting ready with my bridesmaids before the ceremony. The wedding chapel didn't allow outside photographers take pictures using a flash, but Todd took a bunch of photos WITHOUT a flash and they came out great! Another photographer from Bently & Wilson met up with us at the chapel, so we ended up getting two photographers for the price of one! I am so happy with the way the photos turned out. There are a lot of great posed shots with family and friends as well as some wonderful candids. Todd knew all the best spots to take pictures at, so we have some amazing shots in front of the Bellagio fountains, the Vegas sign, etc. Everyone at the wedding kept commenting on how great the photographers were. They took over 800 pictures at our wedding and managed to do it without being intrusive. We were supposed to get our pictures back within two weeks, but it took a bit longer than that. The reason for the delay is that Todd wasn't satisfied with the quality of the prints when they came back from the photo lab, so he insisted on redoing them before sending them to us. How's that for professionalism?! If you get married in Las Vegas, hire Bently & Wilson as your photographers: it's the best decision you'll ever make.
Services used: Photography
Words cannot express how much Cashman sucks. I've read a ton of negative reviews about them, so I booked another photographer for my wedding in addition to Cashman. Unfortunately, Cashman has a deal with Treasure Island that allows them to take all the photos during the wedding ceremony, so we were stuck with them for a little while. The woman who took our photos was nice enough, but the poses were all so unnatural. We ended up getting a few decent shots, but most of them looked like really bad prom pictures. We ordered less than 20 pictures from Cashman...thank god I had another photographer (a GOOD photographer) in reserve, or else I would hardly have any pictures from my wedding. Also, Cashman's prices are ridiculously expensive, and the two saleswomen we dealt with at the TI office were EXTREMELY unprofessional. They were running very behind schedule and kept us waiting for a very long time, never offering any apology. They were also very pushy and got all bitchy with me when I refused to shell out hundreds of dollars for their crappy photos. Brides beware...if you're having a Vegas wedding and your wedding chapel sticks you with Cashman, get another photographer so you'll actually end up with decent pictures! Cashman blows chunks.
Services used: Photography
Mon Ami Gabi
We had our wedding reception in a private room at the Mon Ami Gabi located at the Paris casino in Las Vegas. Overall, it went really well. The service was excellent, the food was great, and the prices were very reasonable. The biggest problem I had with this place is that the catering manager NEVER returned my phone calls...I'd usually have to leave him two or three messages before I'd receive a response. I was so worried that he would screw up my reception, but the only thing that he got wrong was the wedding cake: it was supposed to be pink and black, but they goofed and made it white, pink, and black. It still looked and tasted great, though, so it wasn't that big of a deal. Everyone had a great time at my reception and I definitely recommend Mon Ami Gabi to other brides.
Services used: Wedding Venue
I ordered a Casablanca gown for my wedding. Most of the wedding gowns out there are pretty nasty (in my opinion). I wanted something that was simple, classy, and elegant, and Casablanca gowns are all of those things. (In fact, the only gowns I wanted to try on when I went dress-shopping were Casablanca gowns!) As far as cost is concerned, Casablanca gowns are mid-priced, but they look a lot more expensive than they actually are. You can also customize your Casablanca gown to meet your personal needs (for example, I had the neckline altered on my dress). The extra customization costs very little and I was extremely pleased with the results. I encourage all brides-to-be to visit a Casablanca retailer before shopping anywhere else!
Services used: Dress & Attire
GlamSquad 702 Events Inc.
I hired James from Glamsquad to do my hair and makeup for the wedding. He came to our hotel and did an AMAZING job. James is incredibly professional and listened to me tell him exactly what I wanted. My hair looked great and my makeup was natural yet sophisticated: I wanted to look like myself for my wedding, and I did...but I looked a tad more glamourous than usual! James told very entertaining stories while he worked and he made me feel very comfortable. He also did my bridesmaids' hair and we were all very pleased with the end result. Our hairstyles held up throughout the day, as did my makeup: I just had to retouch my lipstick a couple of times, and that was it. The prices were very reasonable and I definitely got my money's worth. If you decide to hire Glamsquad for your Vegas wedding, I suggest that you specifically request James...he was fantastic.
Services used: Beauty & Health
This wonderful little bridal store has been located in Elmhurst for many years. It was the first and only place we went looking for the bridesmaids' dresses, and we ended up buying them there. VIP Occasions has a very impressive selection of gowns. The people who work at the store were very friendly and helpful, and the bridesmaids had no problems ordering their dresses. The dresses ended up coming in way ahead of schedule, and VIP contacted me and the bridesmaids to let us know that they had arrived. The alteration prices at the store were also very reasonable. Overall, my experience with VIP Occasions was very positive. I give the store two thumbs up!
Services used: Dress & Attire, Jewelry