Aug 15, 2008
I had my bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages done by Bridal Beginnings. I was able to choose the flower type and the colours to match my wedding colours myself. I was also offered several options based on price. Because I was booking this from 8,000kms away we worked with photos of things that I had seen before. The end result was exactly what I was hoping for. The prices were reasonable and the service was excellent. I would definitely recommend Bridal Beginnings. They made it surprisingly easy to pick flowers even whilst not being able to pick them out personally.
Services used: Flowers
The Valley Bakery
The cake turned out exactly how I had pictured it. I sent one of my bridesmaids in with a photo and the colours that I wanted. They offered free cake sampling and offered advice on the best combinations. It turned out exactly like the picture, it tasted absolutely wonderful! And, they even delivered it wherever you needed it to be included in the price. Theyre not the most common bakery for weddings I think, but its definitely worth a try (I recommend the chocolate/raspberry!!!!)
Services used: Wedding Cake
Jayna Marie Makeup + Hair
Having no friends that have been married yet I was going crazy trying to find a make up artist! My photographer had worked with Jayna and recommended her to me. Wow! Jayna was professional, fun, creative exactly what I was looking for! I honestly had no idea what I wanted for hair and makeup but I felt safe putting my fate in her hands. She created a look for my wedding day that was just stunning. During the test she gave me every confidence that she was the right choice. On the actual day she showed up bubbly and wonderful and calmed me down. She once again recreated the look she did during my test which was just stunning. I look back at my photos and am still amazed by the wonderful job that she did. Like many brides I had my hair and makeup done by the same person. I had no idea what I wanted for my makeup and even less idea what I wanted for my hair. I asked Jayna to create something that was modern but also somewhat classic. I hated going to her with absolutely no idea what I wanted though. She was incredible though. She came up with the perfect look for my hair! She incorporated what I wanted and made it look a million times better than I ever thought possible.
Services used: Beauty & Health
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
The gardens were the perfect location for our wedding. We had reserved the space for a 2 hour period in which we were allowed to have the ceremony and then have access to the rest of the gardens for the 2 hours. Everything was set up already for us by the amazing wedding coordinator of the gardens. The only tiny drawback to the gardens was the amount of tourists that were there. It was occasionally difficult for our photographer to get a shot because there were lots of people taking photos of us from the other side of the water! But, the location was spectacular and the space was perfect for our nice quiet wedding.
Services used: Wedding Venue
I was extremely happy with the decorations that were done for our reception from Sweet Beginnings. They created a backdrop behind the head table which included bright pink lights backlighting it (pink was one of the wedding colours). There were also chair covers, table overlays, and bows on each chair matching the table overlay. They took complete control of the setup and then again of the take down, there was nothing required from my side. It was perfect not to have to worry about the dcor on the day of the wedding and wonderful thinking I didnt have to help with the clean up as well!
Services used: Unique Services
Firefighter's Hall in Burnaby
The space was great, the food was fantastic, I just wish I could say the same about the service. I was constantly feeling rushed when I was meeting with the people coordinating the wedding. Also, on several occasions it felt as though I was being put down, which was strange when we were talking about numbers. There was confusion with the payments (they lost a cheque, even though they had a photocopy), they gave advice on things that I didnt want advice on, and I just didnt feel comfortable dealing with them. However, the worst part was the treatment of us at the end of the night. People were leaving early so we decided to tone things down and just hang out and listen to music. While we were doing this the staff came in and started taking things down. They even turned on the lights! There was absolutely no consideration of the fact that we were still there and we had still paid for the space. I was incredibly disappointed by the way that we were treated.
Services used: Unique Services
Picking out a DJ was extremely difficult because I had no experience with this type of thing. I was definitely not disappointed by picking DJ Jim. I was asked to fill out information before the wedding so that they could follow our wishes the best they could. A few days before the wedding we met up in person to just go over all the details. Jim was an excellent dj and emcee! He definitely livened things up at the party. He picked the perfect music for us and was extremely helpful with the entire flow of the wedding. I dont think we could have found a better DJ, it was everything we wanted for our wedding.
Services used: DJ, Photography, Rentals & Photobooths, Videography
The fantastic thing about the internet is that you can pretty much find anything that you need online. I ordered our favours from www.weddingstar.ca but also ordered decorations and other odds and ends needed for the wedding from there too. There is a huge selection of favours and other wedding articles. The favours were exactly what we wanted and they even matched our invitations. On the site I was also able to pick out the filling for the favour bags. They offered such a large selection, reasonable shipping costs and times as well. I was very happy with everything I received from that site and would definitely recommend this site.
Services used: Favors & Gifts, Invitations
The Keg Steakhouse and Bar (New Westminster)
We really enjoyed our rehearsal dinner at The Keg in New West, the only drawback was the fact that we were seated in the restaurant instead of the room upstairs that we had thought we had booked and paid for. The food was fantastic (as always) and the service was wonderful. We were even offered a free bottle of champagne at the end of the night to toast our wedding.
Services used: Unique Services
Champagne and Lace
I had a really fantastic experience at Champagne and Lace. There was a large assortment of dresses in my size. The people there were friendly and very helpful. I described my ideas for a dress and then worked with one of the ladies there to find the dress that fit me perfectly. They were extremely professional and helpful and we were able to find my dress the very first day. They made my two bridesmaids who were with me as well as my mother very comfortable. It was a wonderful experience. After picking out my wedding dress we had the bridesmaids try on theirs. The ladies in the shop were extremely helpful! They explained the styles and the best choice in cuts for my two bridesmaids. They were also helpful in picking out a colour that matched what I wanted but also suited my dress perfectly. After I went back home my bridesmaids went to the store for their fittings and raved about the fantastic service that they received. We also picked out the mother of the bride dress here, and again they could not have been more helpful. They paid almost as much attention to these dresses as my wedding dress! I bought my dress at the store and scheduled my fitting for exactly 10 working days before my wedding, because I live in Holland we had to rush the entire process. The ladies at the store were incredibly helpful. I was put into my dress, pinned up, and then within 5 days the dress was completely done. Also, they steamed it for me so it looked perfect for my wedding day. They also offered the option of housing the dress for you after ordering for altering, which was perfect in my situation because I wasnt there to pick it up! The alterations were speedy, professional, and turned out perfectly!
Services used: Dress & Attire