mrswin

WEDDING DATE:

Sep 29, 2007

mrswin
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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I would recommend this venue for large weddings. The grand ballroom was very beautiful and everything ran smoothly. We had the flexibility to bring in our own caterer which was a requirement of ours. We learned recently that they are not allowing outside caterers anymore, but I think it might still be a negotiable item. The price was very reasonable. If you do go with this vendor, keep in mind that the burgundy walls give great ambiance, but can make the room appear very dark in photos. Whoever is in charge of the event should make sure the lights are appropriate for the situation. I would not recommend using the bridal room or grooms room (mens restroom) as a place to get dressed and prep before the wedding. The rooms are small and not appropriate for a wedding party to get ready in.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Robert's of Portland
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I do not recommend this vendor for wedding services; however they did a good job at make-up application. I dont have anything bad to say about the quality of the make-up application. Their standard salon services are acceptable. Even though I paid for two trial runs, I was still not happy with my hair and did not look they way I wanted it. Additionally, they made a big mistake with scheduling which caused us to be over 60 minutes behind schedule and were irresponsible and inconsiderate about fixing the problem. I do not feel a standard salon is appropriate for a wedding party unless they give you their full attention on the day of.
Services used: Beauty & Health

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Jared's Galleria of Jeweler
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I went to the Bridgeport location. I recommend this vendor for everyone, even those who are looking for custom jewelry. We had excellent customer service at Jareds. Additionally, their prices and service plans seem to be very competitive. It was the only place that we went to where we felt little to no pressure and someone willing to educate us and be patient to find exactly what we wanted. Kris was an amazing sales person. I was able to order both rings in platinum, even though they only stocked them in white gold. The delivery time was pretty fast as well. I recommend getting the extended service plan for free inspections and cleanings, even if you decide to insure the jewelry via private insurance. There are many new locations in the Portland area, which makes it convenient for cleanings. Additionally, they are nation-wide so you can still take advantage of it if you travel or move to another state.
Services used: Jewelry

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Beaverton Bakery
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I recommend this vendor for people who like their cake to look good and taste good. It was delicious and it looked just like I wanted it to. Make sure to take advantage of the cake testing process and go to multiple bakeries.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Uniquely Yours
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I would recommend this vendor for chair covers and table overlays. The selection, set-up & service were great.
Services used: Unique Services

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Arthur Murray (Portland)
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I recommend this vendor for those who want a memorable and elegant first dance. We had private dance lessons and a choreographed Waltz for our first dance. It was great and we received many complements. The best part was that we had a lot of fun at dance lessons and it was great having an activity to do together to get us ready for the wedding. It was expensive, but I feel it was worth it and a skill we can use for many, many years. Im very thankful we took the time to do this, as the pictures, videos and memories last a lifetime. Our confidence was very high and instead of an embarrassing penguin dance we had an elegant show-stopping Waltz.
Services used: Unique Services

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Bridal Exclusives
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I recommend this vendor for those who are on a budget and cannot put quality above price. I went with Bridal Exclusives because their prices were cheaper than another salon that I had originally found my dress at. I saved over $100 on the cost of my dress and they also provided better discounts on the bridesmaid dress then the other salon I was working with. However, the customer service level at Bridal Exclusives was much lower. Additionally, I would not recommend the in-house alterations company they work with. They did not order my dress trim in the same dye lot as my bridesmaids dresses so there was not a match in color. Also, the hem of my wedding dress was not at the appropriate length and my shoes are showing in almost all of my pictures. I wanted it touching the floor, as I was wearing sneakers.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Event Team Entertainment
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I recommend this vendor to anyone who can afford their services. Although they are a premium vendor and the price is definitely on the steep side, they offer so much more than just the DJ music. They were absolutely amazing and well exceeded our expectations. Shawn Whitmore (the owner) was our emcee and worth every penny. This was by far our favorite vendor. He surprised us with throwing in some extras on our wedding night and on the fly too. Make sure that you decide whether you want someone to just play music or if you want someone to emcee and be in charge of the flow/mood of the reception. Emceeing skills cost more, but I found that it was worth it. This is not your typical clich corny wedding DJ. The thing that sold us on this wedding vendor was their level of professionalism and use of todays technology.
Services used: DJ

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The Photographers
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I rate this vendor a 3.5. I would recommend this vendor for those who have a large budget and are looking for premium & unique services. The end product we received was good in quality, which is why we decided to go with this vendor in the first place. We loved their albums and their creativity. However, I do not feel the end product was cost-justified for us and they were not the easiest vendor to work with. Their response time and attention to detail to my requests were not at the level I expected for their price point. In the end, I was happy with the result but felt I spent way too much money on just photography.
Services used: Photography

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Shaka Brah Video Productions
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I would recommend this vendor for those who are flexible on the finished product timeline. Our video turned out very well and I have few complaints on the end-product. A few important scenes were missed, but that is because the videographers cannot always be in two places at once. (Make sure you have at least two videographers filming your day if you have a large wedding, especially if you are going to multiple locations). The biggest complaint with this vendor is that it took 14 months for us to receive a finished video. This vendor decided to drastically reorganize his business, move office locations, and downsize his entire post-production team without consideration for his clientele and commitment dates. We were promised a 4-6 month turnaround and our expectations were continuously let down as time went on. I dont expect that future clients would be treated this way, but keep in mind that the owner doesnt always plan things out with his business in the best interest of his clients. This vendor was willing to negotiate on prices, so make sure you dont pay any more than you want to.
Services used: Unique Services

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St. Mary's Cathedral
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I recommend this vendor for anyone looking for an amazing & beautiful Catholic ceremony. The churchs services were perfect as can be. The ceremony coordinator, Sharon Cochran, did a fantastic job of making sure everything ran smoothly. She met with us in advance to plan the ceremony and provided me materials to select our vows. I was anxious about the catholic ceremony, since I was not catholic and not familiar with the nuptial mass. She took time explaining everything and also provided me copies of programs so that I could get ideas. Sharon also invited me and my mother to attend another wedding so that we could get ideas and become more comfortable on the expectations for the day. Sharon also did a great job leading the rehearsal. The bridal room and grooms room were large. The organist, trumpeter and soloist were very professional and worth the cost, which was above my original budget for ceremony music.
Services used: Unique Services

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Geranium Lake Flowers
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I would rate this vendor a 3.5. I would recommend this vendor for those who prefer to give creative control to the florist and are not picky about specifics. I had seen them at a bridal show and selected them for their unique and creative bouquets. Overall, I was content with the main flower bouquets. However, I asked for a specific arrangement on the flower girls kissing ball and it was nothing like what I asked for. I wanted all orange flowers, just like my bridesmaid bouquets. They did a green moss ball with a few orange orchids and to be quite honest I thought it was down right ugly. Additionally, my bouquet was not like the picture I gave them. I do not think the person we met with (the owner) was the one who did the arrangements, which I see as being a big flaw. As a result, I would be cautious using this vendor.
Services used: Flowers

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I would recommend the "day-of" service for those who are having large weddings. It was beneficial to have a neutral person who had overall control of all the little details that happen during the day. Also, it is easier for a non-family member to be 100% focused and to give direction to family & the wedding party without conflict. Molli Barss was our coordinator and her assistant Krissa was also present.
Services used: Wedding Planning

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Jin Wah Restaurant
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I recommend this vendor for anyone who is interested in affordable Asian cuisine. We had our food catered by them. They negotiated on price quite nicely and gave us good advice on what would be best for our menu buffet. I received many compliments on the food, although some Asian wedding traditionalists were not as thrilled with our buffet decision vs. the traditional served 10-course meal.
Services used: Unique Services