april302005

WEDDING DATE:

Apr 30, 2005

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Our driver was fantastic and was always there early, and even waited at the reception for an hour and a half until we were ready to leave. Great company to work with!
Services used: Transportation

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Salon Bellissima
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Lily and Denise both came to us (we got ready at the church). We started at 9:00 and they did 6 updo's (me plus 5 bridesmaids) and both mom's. Everyone's hair looked fantastic and it stayed all night. I absolutely loved mine! They charged $50 per updo so we each paid about $60 after tipping.
Services used: Unique Services

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Ginny McGavin
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
The cake was beautiful and was exactly what we had asked for. It was also delicious. We're still hearing about how good it was! As everyone says, she can be a little hard to contact but she came through wonderfully that day!
Services used: Unique Services

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Bridezilla Events
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
BY FAR, the best money we spent on our entire wedding. Maegan (who I started referring to as God in the middle of the reception) was fantastic. I'm very anal and obsessive about everything (especially my wedding) and Maegan was the only person I trusted enough to just take over for me that day. She never slowed down all day and she had a solution for EVERYTHING! And you have to love her headset! Just like the Wedding Planner :) Here are a few examples: Erik's great grandma hit her leg during pictures and was bleeding a lot and Maegan had a first aid kit...the bow on my bouquet ribbon was WAY too big but Maegan cut it off and secured the remainder of the ribbon on the bouquet perfectly...my sister stepped on my train (and ripped the underside) just as we were heading up to the church to walk down the aisle and Maegan fixed it in no time...My train broke again during pictures at Seattle U after the ceremony so I called Maegan from the town car and she met me outside to fix it again before entering the reception. At the beginning of the reception Erik had his little "stabbinbg" incident and he started freaking out (he's a little dramatic!) and the first thing out of his mouth was "someone just find Maegan now". Naturally, she fixed him up immediately. THEN one of Erik's friends picked me up while dancing and broke my bustle. Of course Maegan made a bustle using safety pins. It looked fabulous (no one would ever have known the original bustle broke) even though Maegan and I referred to it as the "ghetto bustle". Our bartenders were awful so Maegan and her assistant ended up pouring the champagne toasts for 250 people...and she also wrote quite the follow-up letter to the bartending company explaining all the problems we had. She also had a card and champagne waiting for us in the town car at the church, and had boxes of food and cake waiting for us in the town car at the end of the night to take to the hotel. I know I've missed a million other things that she did for us that day but I can't stress enough that she was the reason our day went so smoothly. She was incredibly professional and prepared for everything. My bridesmaids had a hay-day going through the "emergency kit" she brought with her too! After the wedding we talked about everything Maegan had done and I can only speculate about what would have happened without her there. I was much less stressed that day thanks to her and my dad can't say enough good things about her. He said she would have been worth at least twice what she charged.
Services used: Wedding Planning

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Dawn Tunnell
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Dawn also came to us at the church and she was so great to work with. She kept everyone laughing all morning and she did an amazing job. I only had to reapply my lipstick one time (after dinner and cake!) I had what I thought was the biggest pimple ever and Dawn made it completely disappear. We paid for a half day (less than 5 hours) and she was able to do me, 5 bridesmaids, and both mom's. She uses all MAC products and is incredibly talented - she was definitely worth the money.
Services used: Unique Services

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Knights of Columbus (Seattle)
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I loved my reception location! 2 weeks before the wedding I faxed in the table/chair set-up that we wanted and it was all ready for us Friday morning. We got all day Friday to decorate (which was so helpful) and they were fabulous Saturday during the wedding. Helping with anything we needed. We brought in all our own vendors but there were two different "stewards" there to supervise during the reception and they were very helpful and accommodating. I also felt like it was very affordable.
Services used: Unique Services

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L&M Chair Covers
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I'm going to say this was the 2nd best vendor we spent money on. DEFINITELY worth it in my opinion. I have pictures of the room before and after the chair covers were on and it really changed the entire look of the room. I'm so happy I decided to spend the money on them. Lizz (from L&M) was great to work with and was really flexible. She set up the covers on Saturday and we just had to meet her to drop them off Sunday (I actually had my best friend do it). It was really nice to have a local company do the covers, plus she was a fellow bride! I highly recommend using L&M!
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths

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Bartending Academy of Tacoma
 
( 1.0 / 5.0 )
Only one showed up on time and apparently he couldn't open a bottle of wine very well so one of the attorneys from my office ended up behind the bar opening wine bottles at the beginning of the reception because the line started to get long. The second bartender apparently showed up 45 minutes late and wasnt dressed properly. They were supposed to be in black and white (tux like outfit) and this guy wore a black shirt and proceeded to unbutton it (really really low) throughout the night. Gross. Also, we had the option of paying them $12 an hour (and they could collect tips from the guests) or we could pay $18 an hour (with no tips from guests). We chose to pay $18 an hour because I didn't want anyone spending any money. Towards the end of the reception I noticed a tip jar on the bar and apparently it had been there all night. We never noticed because we never went to the bar. In the end we only paid them $12 an hour since they had collected tips and we obviously couldn't return them to the guests. I was really upset about our guests spending money but it wasn't our fault. The Bartending Academy charged us $25 to reserve 2 bartenders and then the bartenders get all the money they make at the wedding. Even though it was the bartenders who made bad decisions I still wouldn't recommend using the Bartending Academy. I still can't believe they screwed up a beer, wine and champagne reception.
Services used: Unique Services

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Duval Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We are SO SO SO happy with our pictures. There are very few we don't like. Drew was really easy going and easy to work with all day. We were supposed to have both Drew and Deana there (they're a husband and wife team) but Deana got really sick the night before and couldn't make it. Drew did a fantastic job on his own (he is the only one who takes the photos - Deana just coordinates things).
Services used: Unique Services

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Florist in the Park
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Sue did a great job and everything was exactly what I wanted. She delivered the flowers herself the morning of the wedding to make sure I was happy.
Services used: Unique Services

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Flame Catering
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I'm only going to give them an B+ because the communication with them wasn't the best throughout the planning process. The owner is someone my mom has worked with many times so she assured us that he would doing a great job but it was hard to get him to meet with us and he has no contract so we decided to do our own. They ended up coming to the hall on Friday to set up all the tablecloths, glassware, silverware, etc. which made it much easier for us to decorate the tables. Saturday they did a great job and we heard over and over that it was the best food anyone had ever had at a wedding. They are MUCH cheaper than anyone else we found.
Services used: Catering