Aug 16, 2008
Gabriel Boone Photography
I was so pleased with the photographers! It was one of the highlights of my wedding. They were so professional, easy to work with and very passionate about what they do. They offered a package that was exactly what we were looking for and the price was reasonable for great photographers. They met with us before the wedding to get a feel for what we wanted and so that we could talk with them a little before the big day. They also took the time to drive to Salem from Portland and come check out our wedding site and get some ideas for pictures. They listened to what we wanted and our pictures turned out fabulous. All of the guests loved them and said they were so friendly and pleasant to work with. Another great thing about them was how quick we got our pictures after our wedding. I had friends who were married months before us who were still waiting to see their photos by the time we got ours. If you want fun, creative, quality pictures I would definitely recommend Gabe and Boone Rodriguez!
Services used: Photography
I went to the Bridal Exclusives in Salem. The staff at the bridal shop was very easy to work with and obviously wanted to help you find the perfect dress for your wedding day. The prices there were very reasonable for someone who is on a budget and there was a variety of dresses to choose from. They also offered shoes, veils, jewelry, bridesmaids dresses and other bridal essentials. Once you ordered your dress and it arrived at the shop they have you try it on and there is a lady there who can alter your dress if you need it. They also store your dress until the wedding day for a small fee if you choose.
Services used: Dress & Attire
MAC Cosmetics @ Nordstrom (Salem, OR)
If I had to do it over again, I would not choose MAC as my makeup artist. It was difficult to get an appointment with them, and they were not very well organized. Their price was fair, $50 dollars upfront, but then you got to use that as credit toward product the day of the wedding. I scheduled a trial run with the girl I wanted to do my makeup, she did a great job and I felt good about using her. When I went to make my appointment for the wedding day with her she told me their schedules werent out yet but she would mark it down in the books and that I should check back the week before the wedding to double check everything. When I came back to verify my appointment no one there knew anything about it. They said it wasnt on the books. They scheduled me anyway and said I was all set. The morning of my wedding I went in at my scheduled time and sure enough the girl who was supposed to do my makeup was not there, they called her and she said she forgot. She lived to far away to make it in time. They were so busy that morning with other brides that I had to wait 20 min just to get started, I had a new person do my makeup, and everything was extremely rushed. It turned out pretty, but the experience was not fun at all.
Services used: Unique Services
All Star Tent & Party Rental
This company was great to work with. We rented a tent, all of our linens, chairs, lighting, and glasses from them. They had great prices and a variety of choices. They were easy to get a hold of when we made changes to our numbers and met with us on several occasions. They came the day before the wedding and set up the tent for us and delivered everything else. Their policy is to come take it down the day after the wedding, but we asked to keep it up an extra day to allow more time for clean up and to have a brunch the next day. They had no problem with this and didnt charge us for the extra day. This company is great for rentals and will make your wedding planning go smoothly.
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths
We rented from the Salem location. The final result of the mens tuxedos was exactly what I wanted but the process to get there was not so smooth. Because most of the groomsmen were from out of town they had to call in their measurements and were not able to get measured by Mr. Formal. When they went to try on the tuxs two days before the wedding none of them fit. They were either to short or long at the legs and arms. We had to re-order everyones tux and hope they were ready in time. Fortunately they were but because of this we had to pick all of the them up the morning of the wedding which added to the stress of the morning. The staff there was very helpful, and nice and dealt appropriately with the issue at hand, but the process was not as smooth as I would have liked.
Services used: Dress & Attire, DJ, Photography, Videography
White Rose Bakery
I am not sure that this vendor was worth the hassle. The cake turned out fabulous and tasted great but the bakery was not the most pleasant to work with. Because I was out of state finishing up my last semester of college my mom met with this vendor without me. She said she was pleasant and she offered samples of most of the cake flavors. My mom picked out two flavors, showed her a picture of the exact cake I wanted, and gave her a rough estimate of the number of people to feed. All had gone smoothly. When I had finished school I came back to Salem and wanted to taste the two flavors she had chosen for myself. I contacted the vendor and she told me she would send me some samples through the mail. They never arrived and after that we could not get in contact with her. We tried calling, leaving messages, e-mailing, but we never heard back. We started to get a little worried since we had already paid our deposit and the wedding was only a few weeks away. Finally after weeks of trying to get a hold of her she returned our calls. When we asked her about the samples she said she had sent them, sorry they didnt arrive, and that was that. I never got to taste the flavors before the wedding. There was also some confusion about the number of guests to feed and we had to spend some time working this out with her. I do not think working with this vendor was worth the money, although we did end up with a very pretty cake!
Services used: Wedding Cake
The location of the bachelorette party was a secret and planned by my maid of honor/bridesmaids. We had dinner at Greek Cusina restaurant and I thought the food was just average, nothing special. They had a good variety of drinks to choose from and they tasted good as well. We were seated upstairs and the atmosphere was nothing spectacular. The main attraction of this restaurant is their greek dancing. I was under the impression we would be watching the show, but we were the show. Be prepared to get up and dance if you choose this restaurant. It was fun and entertaining, but if you are shy in front of a crowd, I wouldnt recommend it. My bridesmaids sure got a kick out of watching me thats for sure! Over all it was fun and made for a good first half of the bachelorette party. We ended the night at Dukes Country Bar & Grill where we met up with the groom and groomsmen for some line dancing. If you like country bars Dukes is a lot of fun!
Services used: Unique Services
We used this website to create our save the dates. They have so many different varieties of save-the-dates to use as well as other products. We wanted ours to have a photobooth feel to them with the four pictures in a vertical row. We were so happy with the outcome and got a lot of compliments on them. The finished product was sent to us in the mail and included envelopes along with our photobooth magnet. The price was very reasonable and we felt we got our monies worth. The only downside to the save the dates was the process of getting the pictures downloaded to the website. It was a little confusing on the format they needed to be in and took a little bit to figure it out since I am not the most computer savvy person out there. Also we had to wait a few weeks for them to arrive so if you use this website be sure to allow plenty of time for them to arrive.
Services used: Invitations
Caruso’s Italian Café and Catering
We were very pleased with the catering at the wedding. We wanted something reasonable in price, but still a full dinner. Carusos offered a dinner of your choice of pasta, fresh baked bread with garlic dipping oil, and an Italian salad. The contact lady was very helpful and easy to work with. She offered us a 20% off coupon to use if we wanted to come in and taste the food prior to booking. This was very helpful to know what types of pasta to pick. We decided to go buffet style but they also offer servers if you wish. They delivered all of the food to our house where the wedding was held, for a small fee. The food arrived right on time and everything was fresh and hot. They provided warming tins to serve the pasta in and the dipping oil was in pretty glass containers. The portions were very generous and we had lots of leftovers. The guests raved about the dinner and were very satisfied. They were a great vendor to work with and you get a lot of food for your money.
Services used: Catering