Oct 21, 2006
Union Street Public House
This restaurant was great to have a rehearsal dinner. They have a cute room on the top floor of the restaurant where they set every thing up. The only downfall we had was that the room wasn't as big as we had hoped. The only thing we had to watch was who we invited. The planning and the set up of the dinner went off really well. They had everything ready to go as soon as we got there and the staff was on top of everything the whole time. We received undivided attention for the staff working our party and the food was great. They set a bar up right in the room so no one has to worry about going out in to the bar to get a drink. We ended up goinjg over our time limit because our guests weren't ready to leave and the restaurant had no problem with that.
Services used: Wedding Venue
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Alexandria)
My husband had gone to this church since he was little so we knew we wanted to get married there. We had to go through a series of discussions with the Pastor so he could figure out if we had any problems we needed to work out before our wedding day. We also took a test to see how compatible we were with answering the questions. The questions we answered wrong; we discussed and figured out why we answered differently. It was a great experience for both of us. The church is absolutely beautiful which means you don't have to pay to have many decorations in the church. The ladies that run the church made up floral arrangements to match my colors that I did not have to pay for; they just left the arrangements up for Sunday's service. There was just enough sitting for 220 people. I would recommend this church to anyone looking for suggestions.
Services used: Unique Services
Sonshine photography was great. They had us out for a free engagement picture shooting so we could see what kind of job they did. This also gave us a chance to meet the photographers we would be working with. They are reasonably priced and give you ever proof they take so you have every picture. They don't believe in keeping those or charging more like most other photographers. They even bring a back drop to the wedding so you have some really amazing pictures. Every one at the company I talked to was extremely helpful and supportive. They were quick to answer any question I had and made suggestions when needed. We received our pictures back before we even got back from our honeymoon. We then picked out the pictures we liked and the company developed an album in which they laid out as if the wedding was going on through the pictures.
Services used: Photography
Waterford at Springfield
The waterford was an amazing place to have a wedding reception. Everyone there was extremely helpful and really put thought and effort into my vision coming true. They offer a tast testing so you know what you are getting before you get to the reception. They also provide centerpieces if you wish which helps a lot with setting up the reception. We were able to make changes to the set up whenever we wanted. We even went over the day before and changed stuff around. All the staff was really helpful and attentive. The whole reception went off as planned and there was not one problem. They offered us a cocktail room where the guests could go before the reception to have drinks and appetizers. They have a room for the wedding party to hang out in while the reception hour is going on.
Services used: Wedding Venue
I have recommended this company to many brides who have used them and have been just as happy as I was. They are great DJs and know what to play when the crowd is lively or dying down. They send you a list of songs you want played during certain events throughout the night. It helps with keeping things on track and they always let you know when you're going past a certain time. They are very good about listening to what the bride and groom want. I always say a DJ makes the wedding and these DJs definitely stay up to the tast. I have seen about 4 or 5 of their djs between my wedding and many others and every time they are just as good as the time before.
Services used: DJ
David's bridal is a nice place to look for wedding dresses because they offer such a large variety of dresses. You can also try the dresses on in your exact size so you can really see what they look like on. The staff and the process of dress shopping is not as nice though. The staff often overbooks appointments which leaves some brides on their own to find dresses. David's also sells the dresses right off the floor. The dress I picked was ordered so I did not have to worry about it being dirty but most of the time the brides take their dress home with them that day. Since people are trying on those dresses; they are often pretty dirty. David's also sells their dresses at a great price and often has sales on top of that. David's Bridal was a great place to find bridesmaid dresses. Since they offer such a large variety in allowed me to really look for the color and style of dress I wanted. David's also has the bridesmaid dresses in all different sizes so my girls were able to try on their dresses in their size. Which saved them on alterations. They also had the dresses ordered and available for the girls way before the wedding date. David's also offers shoes to match which can be dyed to match the dresses or left as silver. The costs for the bridesmaids dresses were very reasonable. All of my bridesmaids were happy with the dresses they received and options that were offered to them.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Jared - Galleria of Jewelry
We went to Jared's to pick out our wedding bands. There were so many different styles that we were a little overwhelmed. We told the employee what we were looking for and she pulled some ideas she thought we both might like. We ended up finding rings for both of us we were extremely happy with. I would suggest anyone go to Jared's. We had to go back a couple of times to have the grooms ring sized and they had no problem doing it for us for free. The only problem I see with the store is that they are so big and things are overwhelming if you don't know what you're looking for. But I felt we got undivided one on one attention and the employees really cared about finding the exact rings we were looking for.
Services used: Jewelry
After Hours- Pentagon City
Men's warehouse was extremely helpful with ordered the tuxedos for all the guys. They offered discounts for all the groomsmen and the tuxedo for the groom was free. We received excellent service when we were in the store picking out the tuxedos we wanted. The staff offered great help and ideas since we did not know what we were doing. The store also does it's own alterations which allowed us to pick up the tuxedos before the wedding. The only problem we had was that the tuxedos had to be returned the very next day which made everyone rush around to get it all packed and back to the store. Overall, we were extremely happy with the service and care we received from Men's Warehouse.
Services used: Dress & Attire