OctJK07

WEDDING DATE:

Oct 07, 2007

OctJK07
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Rush's Bridal
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I was very pleased with the selection of gowns at Rushs. I originally looked for my wedding gown here, both in the main salon and in their off the rack area. They carry some beautiful high-end lines and some moderately priced ones as well. Although I ultimately selected a gown from another bridal shop, there were several gowns at Rushs that were in heavy consideration! I did, however, select my Bridesmaid dresses there. They arrived quickly and everyones measurements were taken accurately. The only issue I had with Rushs Bridal was with the attentiveness of the staff. We were offered help upon arrival, but after that no one checked in to see if we had any questions, etc. Several of the associates even acted annoyed when we sought them out to ask for help. Aside from those issues, the experience was, overall, a pleasant one.
Services used: Unique Services

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Nicollet Island Inn
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Nicollet Island Inn was a wonderful place for not only our guests to stay, but for our wedding night stay as well. The inn is absolutely beautiful and very romantic. The staff was very pleasant and helpful, and setting up our guest block prior to the wedding was hassle-free. The accommodations were very comfortable tempur-pedic beds in every room! We ordered room service in the morning, as did many of our guests, and the food was delicious. I think it was a truly wonderful hotel experience, and I would most definitely stay there again!
Services used: Wedding Venue

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letterbox creative
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We had originally intended to create our own wedding invites as a way to save some money, but once we visited Letterbox (in Uptown Mpls) it was clear they were the way to go! The shop is adorable. In addition to custom wedding invitations, they have a great selection of stationary and gifts it was fun to browse whenever we came in! Owners Zack and Kim were so helpful and creative. I had a vision of what I wanted our invitations to look like and they really helped me bring that vision to fruition. The service was stellar throughout the entire process. Our invites turned out beautifully. Although we spent more than we had originally intended, we came away with invitations that were truly unique and special.
Services used: Unique Services

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We were very pleased with our experience creating our wedding ceremony with Judge Armstrong. He is the very definition of flexible. When you work with Judge Armstrong, you have the opportunity to create something completely unique for your wedding ceremony. His website contains many sample ceremonies, and portions of ceremonies. This gives you a template so that you can pick and chose what youd like. You can chose anything from the website or create something yourself. He is readily available for questions throughout the process via phone or email. He isnt, however, typically available for in-person meetings prior to booking or the wedding day. I would have like to meet him before we decided to book him, but it wasnt totally necessary. He is a very confident and eloquent speaker his delivery of the ceremony was great! We were very happy with our experience and the highly individualized wedding ceremony was really special.
Services used: Officiant

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Duplex Restaurant
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Duplex was wonderful to work with in creating our rehearsal dinner. We let them know our budget and they created a special menu based on that. Our guests were given their choice of three entrees, in addition to salad, desert, beer and wine. The food was wonderful and they printed adorable menus for us! The staff was absolutely fantastic, some of the best Ive encountered at any restaurant. The only reason I have to give them a rating of four, instead of five, is for the temperature in the restaurant. It was an especially hot weekend in October, and it was terribly hot upstairs where our dinner was held. Our guests had to continually step outside to cool off. I hope theyve found a way to resolve this, because in every other way it was fantastic! I would recommend Duplex, but make sure to ask if they have AC!
Services used: Unique Services

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Cinema de la Vie
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Lann Briel of Cinema de la Vie was truly a joy to work with. She created a wonderful wedding video that we will enjoy for many, many years. She was extremely professional, friendly and efficient. She was able to document the whole day without feeling intrusive or in the way. She worked closely with our photographer to make sure our day was documented seamlessly and artistically. She went a step beyond simply recording key moments, and used her talents as an editor and artist to create something really special. Lann is a fantastic videographer and I would recommend cinema de la vie to anyone.
Services used: Unique Services

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Nook & Cranny
 
( 1.0 / 5.0 )
We were not informed, when we booked Melissa as our wedding planner, that she had very little experience in the field. I would have been nice to know because this came to light very quickly after signing contracts. She did not listen when we explained our vision for our wedding day, and seemed to have her own ideas instead that were often the opposite of what we wanted. Her communication with us was truly awful. We would call and email with questions and sometimes we wouldnt receive a response for up to three weeks. We let her superiors at Nook and Cranny know we were not pleased with this lack of service, and they did nothing to correct it. Not the way to deal with a stressed out bride! Rather than make planning part of the wedding easier, we felt that having to work so hard to communicate with our wedding planner added to our stress. When all was said and done, there was no follow up by Melissa or Nook and Cranny to see if we were satisfied with the service. In the end, we paid a lot of money for something we could have much more easily done ourselves. Or better yet, spent on a wedding planner that was qualified to do the job.
Services used: Unique Services

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FLORA
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Flora is fantastic! Owners, Mindy and Deb, were an absolute blast to work with. They made the experience of selecting wedding flowers so much fun. They seemed genuinely enthusiastic about my ideas of what I wanted. You can really tell that these ladies have a passion for what they do! They were able to take my initial ideas and my very limited budget and turn it into something truly spectacular. The final product really reflected me and my personal style. On the day of the wedding, Mindy and Deb were at the site on time and didnt leave until everything was perfect. Since my wedding, I have recommended Flora to many people, and Ill continue to do so as long as they are around!
Services used: Flowers

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( 1.0 / 5.0 )
My experience with Custom Sewing by Heather was by far the worst of all my wedding vendors. I was referred to her by the bridal shop where I purchased my gown. I would never recommend her to anyone in a million years! She performed alterations on my bridal gown and two of my bridesmaids dresses. The alterations took easily four times longer than promised, and Heather would NEVER call any of us to let us know she was running behind. The bridesmaid dresses, upon completion, were an absolute mess! At the final fitting, one of them had lining sticking out from under the hem she sewed completely crooked we had to wait in her porch while she corrected this (and still charged full price)! The biggest nightmare was my gown. She did not have my gown completed, despite my frequent calls, until TWO WEEKS before my wedding date. When I finally was able to come in for my final fitting, there was more wrong with the dress than I have time to repeat including a large coffee stain on the bodice! I had to find another seamstress who could correct this botched work with less than two weeks before my wedding! One would think that with all of these issues, I wouldnt be charged for the work. Heather charged me full price and refused to refund any of my money even after my second seamstress vouched for the fact that the gown had been completely mangled! The second seamstress was able to improve the look of the gown, but I still look at my wedding photos and notice the awful workmanship that couldnt be corrected. Brides: do yourself a favor and stay away from Custom Sewing by Heather!!!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Bella Bridal Boutique
 
( 1.0 / 5.0 )
At first, my experience with Bella Bridal was a very pleasant one. I found a dress I wanted online from a line they sell. They ordered a sample in my size for $25, so I could try the dress before making a decision. The problems began after ordering the dress. It took twice as long to arrive as they said it would. I also had to call them before finding out the dress was in, as they did not notify me even after the gown was sitting in their shop for 3 weeks. Upon trying on my gown for the first time, I discovered measurements were taken incorrectly and the dress was at least 3 sizes too large in the waist, hips and bust. The worst part was that the company the dress was ordered from takes a hollow to hem measurement, so that the dress is ordered in a custom length and wont require hemming. Bella Bridal did not submit this measurement to the company, so the dress arrived WAY too long. The problem with that being, that all detail in my dress was in the beautiful beaded/layered hemline. There was no way to adjust the dress without taking away from all the formerly beautiful detailing. Even though they admitted it was their mistake, Bella would not replace the dress and only offered me a refund for the cost of hemming. That doesnt really cut it when the wedding gown of your dreams is ruined because of a careless oversight! I would advise everyone to stay away from Bella Bridal at all costs. Not simply because a mistake was made, but because they were not willing to make any substantial effort to make it right. With the gown being such an important element of wedding I would not recommend any bride to trust Bella Bridal with such an important part of their special day.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Matt Porath Wedding Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Matt was really a joy to work with throughout the entire process. We had seen his work on his website and immediately knew he was our guy! His prices were fair and he was very helpful and extremely professional. He had some very creative ideas to make our wedding photos really unique you can tell that Matt is a true artist, not your run-of-the-mill wedding photographer. When we received our proofs after the wedding, we were thrilled. Matt did a fantastic job and we will treasure these beautiful photos for the rest of our lives.
Services used: Unique Services