Aug 26, 2006
The Glass Slipper
Even though I didnt get my dress from there, the owner was very helpful. The customer service was excellent. They offer a lot of different products and services like invitations, favors, and so on. I also got my shoes, purse, and garter there. She finished the alterations on my dress in a very timely manner and did a very nice job.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Absolutely wonderful. It was like tasting a bit of heaven. We ended up getting banana split & tropical mango with white cake and raspberry with chocolate ganache and chocolate cake. When I first came to her she made me a few cupcakes to take home so my husband who works long hours could also try them. I gave her a few pictures for ideas and she ran with it. It turned out better then I had expected it. She was also very nice to work with. Stop into the bakery for a desert and you will see what I mean.
Services used: Wedding Cake
They have a really great selection, especially for bridesmaid dresses. I got all of my bridesmaids dresses there and the flower girl dresses. They also have other little accessories like purses, tiaras, gloves, etc. If you go once and awhile and check out there clearance rack you can pick up some great deals. One thing I really didnt like was the customer service, but they are a chain. One time we were there an hour and not one person came to help us.
Services used: Dress & Attire, Favors & Gifts, Invitations
First Presbyterian Church of Bay City
When I walked into this church for the first time I actually teared up. You have to see it to believe it. They were very helpful and nice. They had an organist that we got to play at the ceremony who did very well. It is a very large church so if you are having a small wedding then this may not be for you. A lot of my 300 guests didnt come to the ceremony, which I guess is quite common, so it looked pretty empty.
Services used: Wedding Venue
Herman Hiss & Company
Herman Hiss has great customer service and a good selection of fine jewelry and gifts. The many times that I have gone in there to find a gift for someone, I always come out very happy with my purchase. My husband spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect engagement ring and they were very helpful during the process.
Services used: Jewelry
True Expressions Photography
When we were first shopping for a photographer we met Deb from True Expressions and thought that she was very nice and did a nice job. We decided to go with them and also got our engagement pictures taken there. That is were we met her husband who would also be a photographer at our wedding. (We opted for the more expensive package that had both Deb and her husband as the photographers.) Right off the bat we didnt click with him. He had made a few inappropriate comments during the session that made me feel a little uncomfortable. But still we liked Deb and decided to just ignore it. When it came time for the wedding day he met me and all the bridesmaids at the spa to take pictures of us getting ready. I mentioned to the lady doing my nails that I wondered where his wife was and she informed me that Deb had another wedding that day and was in earlier taking pictures of the bride getting ready!! So he must not have thought to mention that to me. I was elated. He apologized and said that he brought an assistant to come and be the other photographer. He said that there was a miscommunication and the date was booked twice. Yet 2 weeks before the wedding I said Now you both are doing the wedding, right? and she said Yes well be there. That was just the beginning. During the reception he acted inappropriately towards one of my bridesmaids and also tried to take a picture of me using the restroom. A lot of the pictures turned out blurry so they couldnt be any bigger than a proof. The only compensation that we got for Deb not being at our wedding was she said she threw in extra proofs. We also paid hundreds of dollars for a memory book to be made and there were so many mistakes that we had to send it back 4 times. Numerous times there were double pictures on the same page right next to each other. I shouldnt have to do her job for her of proofing the book, when it was so obvious. I had asked for one of the pictures to be fixed because my dress was bunched to one side, when she was done it looked like a preschooler did it. I asked my husband to see if he could fix it on our computer and it literally took him 15 minutes. I told her to fix it again and she told me that I would have to pay for it! At that point I was so sick of doing business with them I just gave up. Just for an idea of how long it was before our picture book was done, it was after our first anniversary. So I would really not recommend this photographer if you want to have quality pictures and great customer service. I do recommend being extremely careful when you see low prices to really research and call references, because you truly get what you pay for.
Services used: Unique Services
Bridal Show: 5 Stars It was a very exquisite show. The 3 times that Ive been to it! This one should definitely be on your list of shows to see. There are a lot of vendors with free information and plenty of tasting to go around. They had things from invitations to honeymoon destinations and even a chocolate fountain! They also have giveaways. And if you are thinking of having your wedding there, it gives you a chance to check out the rooms. Dont forget your address labels! Food/Catering: 5+++ Stars They were unbelievably wonderful. They have a great variety of options. And you get to taste test most of them. My dress was very tight that night or I would have eaten more! A great number of my guests complimented on how great the food was. It was beautifully displayed and had a huge variety of desserts. With that said I could have gotten a much smaller cake. Only problem was that the kitchen didnt cut up most of the cake so a lot of my guests didnt have the option of having any. They also forgot to give me what was left of the cake. I actually had to call them the following Monday to see what happened to it. About half of the cake was left. Flowers: 3 stars The lady that we worked with was a little strange and once came to work in sweat pants. With spending about $20-25 on each centerpiece I felt that I ended up with scrap flowers. Although the corsages and bouquets had very nice quality flowers, the bouquets were not arranged the way I had asked. Luckily one of my bridesmaids worked at a florist shop and helped me redo all 5 before I walked down the isle. Not to mention that the groomsman that I sent to go get them had to wait 30 minutes until she was done with the flowers at the last minute. Invitations: 5 stars The invitations turned out very nice. Horizons has a huge variety to choose from. We did have to return them once because of a misprint. Other than that I was very happy with the price and quality. Overall Reception Venue: Horizons Conference Center is decorated very elegantly. If you want you can even have your ceremony there then have your reception right in the same room. They offer a wedding planner to help you with all of the details. Ernie was extremely nice and helpful and was always available when I had a question. They have a shuttle that is very convenient that goes to and from the Ramada Inn that is about 2 miles down the road if you choose to have your guests stay there. They also have 3 different rooms that you can choose from depending on how many quests that you will have.
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner, Invitations
Ramada Inn & Suites (Saginaw)
Guest Lodging: They had a shuttle that went to and from the reception-site which was awesome! It was very convenient for the guests. After the wedding we went down to the hotel bar which was very fun. They have an excellent breakfast buffet where you can make your own omelet. We still go to it on occasions. The hotel room was very clean and had a separate living area where we had a few guests up to watch us open presents the next morning.
Services used: Unique Services
Day Escape Salon & Spa
Hair (Amanda): She is very nice and does great updos. She has also cut my hair many times and does a very nice job. A few bridesmaids and I went the weekend before the wedding, the day of the bachelorette party, and got manicures, pedicures, massages, and our hair done. They really cater to you and the whole feel of the spa is very relaxing. I definitely recommend checking it out. Make-up: On my wedding day, at the last minute, I had decided to have my makeup done. The girl that did my manicure ended up doing my makeup and she did a very nice job. It was actually a good thing that she did my makeup because I ended up running very late and probably wouldnt have had time to do it myself. A lot of the girls there are able to do a variety of services.
Services used: Unique Services
Rehearsal Dinner: The rehearsal dinner was very nice. The room was pretty plain but was fine for a rehearsal dinner. The food was very good, but they wouldnt let us take any of it home and there was a lot left over. There is a bar that is located right next to the banquet rooms, so everyone could purchase drinks if they wanted to and bring them back to the room. It was pretty quiet in there, music would have been nice to have.
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner