Aug 29, 2008
I compared their website prices and E-Bay prices and when it came down to it, the website price was better for me. I found their email communication to be top notch. They always responded in less than 24 hours. Their shipping time and cost was equally as impressive. I ordered 4x4x2 boxes, organza ribbon, satin ribbon, personalized satin ribbon and I plan on going back to them in a few months and purchasing tulle circles as well as tulle bolts!
Services used: Favors & Gifts, Invitations
We had our engagement pictures done with Chris and Andrew and it was a lot of fun. They used every possible inch of space at the beach and surrounding park. Their team dynamic is stellar! They always answered emails within 24 hours and were really flexible. They showed up early on the wedding day and stayed all night log. We actually ended up with all 3 photographers for the night (what a value)! We've seen a few pictures and they are great so far...can't wait for the rest! They were all professional and you never noticed them in your face but you knew they were all around shooting their hearts out!
Services used: Photography, Videography
Celebrity Make-up and Hair Artist
Had my trial with Cindy and it was great. We tried 3 hair styles and the 3rd was a charm. I had a good time with her, she's very friendly and was so patient. She did a fab job for the wedding. I looked beautiful, the bridesmaids looked so pretty and natural as well. Cindy made my Mom look a few years younger and the best part...it lasted all night long!! Cindy is very talented and affordable!!
Services used: Beauty & Health
Pastor David Plank
Pastor Plank is such a sweet, caring man. He seemed to be a little forgetful about some things during the meetings that we had with him but he did a nice job at the wedding. He put some character into the ceremony and had the guests laughing a little. He was on time, had the paperwork submitted the next business day and was a pleasure to have as an officiant!
Services used: Unique Services
We booked GT after looking at 12 others. I've been there 4 times so far (to show the family and bridesmaids) and the staff is all very nice and accommodating. I don't know what sold me more, the horse and carriage, the heart shaped lake with the gazebo or the beautiful crystal chandeliers in the reception room. I can't wait to share my wedding day with my fiance, family and friends at the Grand Tradition! So the wedding has come and gone and I don't think we could have chosen a better place to have it!! The night of the wedding, Jenna and the whole Grand Tradition staff was amazing. They had always been very friendly and willing to help through our months of planning and the wedding night was no difference! Everything went so smooth and I didn't have to worry about a thing with Jenna by my side. All of the guests had a great time, the facilities were as beautiful as ever, the food was outstanding and the night was a dream! Worth every penny and then some, A++++ from my husband and I!!
Services used: Wedding Venue
CAN-DO Productions, Inc.
We booked Victor at Can-Do Productions for our reception DJ. We met with him and boy did he know his stuff. He explained everything, had a plan for every situation and was more than willing to work with our ideas. I liked his attention to detail. He went over everything with us and practiced the names of the bridal party until he had it down pat. He did a great job at working with our coordinator to make the night run smoothly. Our guests really liked his style and interaction. He was a great addition to our memorable night!
Services used: DJ
We found our bridesmaid dresses at Bridal Showcase. After calling a few other places for prices, they had the best one! The staff is really helpful and the dresses arrived on time and just as I imagined...perfect! Alterations were done here as well as we were 110% satisfied. My dress and BM's fit like a dream, great pressing service and fast turn around!
Services used: Dress & Attire
Ariana did a nice job with the flowers, I wish they were a little fresher. Some had brown spots starting to show by the end of the night. She was patient through the process and let me change my mind a lot! When she brought the flowers they were not marked so the guys didn't know who was supposed to wear what bout. The groomsmen and father's ended up with the wrong ones but whatever. The rentals that we were supposed to used had to be changed a little bit since a previous bride didn't return all of them so we had to use backup versions. It was a little off without the blue vases but nobody knew but me! Last, I don't remember her telling me that I was in charge of returning the rentals...I thought she would go pick them up but apparently I was wrong. She called a week after the wedding while we were on honeymoon and I had to call my Mom and ask her to deal with Ariana since I wasn't going to be back. She needed the vases in 3 days for another wedding and my Mom said she tried to argue with her and that she had a little attitude.
Services used: Flowers
I loved the cake tasting, her ideas are so neat and she was willing to work with us on our style, guest count and cake wishes! The cake turned out almost perfect. We wanted a dark ivory frosting with white design...the ivory could have been a little darker but that's the only thing, everything else was spot on. The taste was just like the tasting, delicious! There was enough cake to go around and some people even came back for a second piece! I told my husband that I want to order cakes from her for every occasion now!!
Services used: Wedding Cake
Christopher was a big help with the contract and questions. The price was a steal compared to the bigger name companies and I liked that it was a curtain all the way around instead of a wood box...it allowed for more people to be in the shot with the curtain! Everyone loved the booth and I liked that the attendant printed extra copies for the bridal party when we did group shots! Less than 2 weeks after the wedding we had a disc in our mailbox of all the pictures taken!
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths
Our driver was early, kind and didn't have a lead foot! He did a great job manuvering the stretch limo through the cars and up the narrow driveway leading to our hotel room. I didn't think any driver would be able to get us close enough to our room but he pulled it off like it was nothing! Price was great too, didn't want to take us for every penny!
Services used: Transportation
Bonsall Village Florist
We used Bonsall Village for table linens. Sharon was really helpful and sweet! Prices are great and she wasn't trying to push a lot of extra pieces off on us! The linens looked great, even though they were simple...it was exactly what we wanted! FI sent me flowers the night before the wedding to the hotel I was at and they were the most beautiful roses I've ever seen - come to find out he got them through Sharon at Bonsall Village...they do beautiful floral and linen work!
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths
Henry Chan Photography
I did boudoir pics with Henry and it was beyond great! He and his wife were on hand. Henry shoots and his wife helps with lighting, positions, attire, hair placement, EVERYTHING!! They work well together, a perfect team and Henry really takes his time shooting. I was nervous at first but after meeting them at the hotel, talking for a few and realizing they were really down to earth people and weren't going to push me into any shots I wasn't comfortable with, I was really relaxed and had a fabulous time. Highly recommended!!
Services used: Photography