Jun 24, 2006
Barbara specializes in dealing with events at the arboretum. They are the preferred for the Fullerton Arboretum. Their prices were average but their customer service was outstanding. Also because they have a special relationship with the Arboretum they are allowed to set up early & pick up the next day which keeps prices down.
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths
Planning: We initially didnt budget for a videographer, we felt it wasnt something we didnt really need. However, after reading so many reviews with brides either being so glad they had one, OR regretting that they didnt have one, I decided to find someone. I caught Young while he was still very, very new to the business so we got a great deal. For his current prices check out his website. He prefers to communicate mostly by e-mail, he may come across as uninterested but hes actually a sweetheart who is just a little shy. Day Of- Young was on time and stayed the whole day. He was all over the place all day long.
Services used: Unique Services
PrimeTime Music & Entertainment
Planning- After finding out that the usual suspects for a Spanish/English bilingual DJ were booked, we met with Alex. We liked his energy and booked him. I contacted him 3 weeks before the wedding simply so we could set a date for a final meeting and he didnt get back to me for 8 days. Even then he only sent me an e-mail to tell me how incredibly busy he was. I was very annoyed with him. He finally called me again 3 days before the wedding to see if we could meet the next day (our rehearsal night). We ended up doing our final meeting over the phone, I was very, very annoyed. Day-Of: Alex really came through. He kept people on the dance floor all night long and did a great job of balancing the English/Spanish factor. Would I recommend him? Only if the other DJs are booked and you really need a bilingual DJ.
Services used: DJ
Just a Girls Event
Planning: After much debate I decided to hire a day-of coordinator. I met with Rosie and we instantly clicked. Even though I only hired her for the day-of she checked in with me every few weeks to see if I needed help with anything and offered to research vendors when I was still looking for a few key pieces. We had our scheduled pre-wedding meetings and walk-through and then I decided I needed to meet one more time. Rosie immediately got back to me and drove out to meet me. Day-Of: Rosie was absolutely awesome and kept us on track without being overbearing. Perhaps my favorite thing that she did was basically force us to eat J My husband and I had started whispering words of despair at the realization that we would never be able to make it back to our table and eat, but Rosie saved us. Also as I mentioned above, the arboretum coordinator upset me at the end of the night but Rosie jumped right in and made sure that I calmed down and handled that idiot. If there were other issues, I never knew about them!
Services used: Wedding Planning
Christine Marie Photography
Planning: We met with 3 photographers and fell in love with Christines style & personality. Were two people who arent particularly photogenic or comfortable in front of cameras and she absolutely made us feel at ease. She always answered our e-mail questions very quickly (usually within a couple of hours!). Day Of: Christine and her assistant Bill arrived on time and were shooting non-stop for the next 8 hours. Christine magically turned into the dog whisperer when shooting pictures of my dog. I didnt give her any special instructions but she knows how insane we are about our little Atticus, so she made sure to include him in some pretty important pics. Actual pictures: Absolutely love them! Do yourself a favor and splurge on photography.
Services used: Photography
Planning: We booked this site on the spot. We knew we wanted an outdoor setting and this place was perfect for us. My husband is a kind of a plant-life-buff and we really loved the idea that our rental fee was going directly toward supporting the arboretum. Liz Gelson, the facilities rentals manager, is a no-bridal-b.s. kind of a gal. She was always honest and straightforward and we personally loved that shes a little rough around the edges. Day Of: The Arboretum was beautiful and was still the perfect venue for us. However, the city of Fullerton has brand new minor-league baseball team that plays at Titan Stadium which is pretty darn close to the arboretum. Naturally there was a game on the night of our wedding. It wasnt really an issue until it came time for the MOHs speeches, then we could hear the stadiums sound system, that was a bummer. Also the arboretum automatically includes a day of coordinator/babysitter. I hired my own coordinator so Barbara, the arboretum coordinator, didnt have to lift a finger. I was fine with that until she made some rude comments to my bridal party and me at the end of the night, basically she kicked us out. My blood instantly started to boil, but my real coordinator jumped in, made sure I calmed down and got on my merry way while she handled Barbara. Despite this little glitch we absolutely loved the Arboretum and still highly recommend it.
Services used: Wedding Venue
Food From The Heart
Planning: Tony runs this mom-n-pop catering business. Theyre definitely not fancy-schmancy but their food is good and their prices are amazing. We got a pretty generous buffet for about $30 a person and that included linens (just plain white but still saved us $). Also, they allowed us to provide our own alcohol (he made sure we had the proper licensing) and charged us a pittance to provide 2 bartenders. Day-Of: I loved the food! At the last minute Tony threw in stuffed mushrooms for free. Id asked about adding them to the menu but then kind of forgot about them in the last minute madness. Tony included them anyway and mentioned there would be no extra charge. We got a lot of compliments on the food but to be fair most of my guests were simple, kind-hearted people. If your guests (or parents guests) are high-brow kind of folk this is probably not the catering company for you. But if you want professional but no frills catering I highly recommend them.
Services used: Unique Services