jcmunson

WEDDING DATE:

Feb 06, 2010

jcmunson
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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My wedding date is 2/6/10 and I cannot be any happier with choosing Tuscany Villa for my reception. (NOTE: This is NOT the same place as The Tuscan Villa of Garden Oaks or Bella Terrazza! This is NOT owned or affialiated in any way with those owners!) We looked at several venues in the NW Houston area and while at first I thought this was one of the more expensive venues, I found out very quickly that for what they provide compared ot other venues, they really can't be beat. I have noticed that the best way to get a hold of the two brothers who operate the Villa is via email. Duke has been incredibly helpful with my planning and seems very willing to accomodate. The biggest plus for me was knowing exactly what is provided with each of the wedding packages that they offer and knowing the full and final cost, no hidden gratuities or service fees. My best advice is to just go and tour the facility and speak with the owners; they are honest and up front with everything that they offer.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I ordered my invitations from this vendor and they turned out beautifully! Its especially nice because I am an indecisive bride and they send you free samples (5 at a time) in order for you to see their cardstock and different fonts. They help you every step of the way, from choosing the card-type to wording. I was completely happy with the end result, plus I received my invitations exactly 7 days from the date that I ordered them, and I didn't even pay for rush shipping. I also ordered thank you cards and envelope seals from them that turned out great too. I would definitely recommend to any bride who is on a budget and expects great quality invitations.
Services used: Invitations

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
After meeting with several florists in Houston, I decided to go with Stephanie for my wedding day flowers. She has great ideas and is very reasonably priced. She will be doing my flowers for my February 2010 wedding, so I will write a more detailed review when it is all over. She is doing my entire wedding ceremony and reception flowers and came out under $2500, which is great for this area. There are so many choices for florists in Houston, but I feel that Stephanie puts 100% of her time and effort into each bride that comes to her. She works out of her home so her prices reflect that as well.
Services used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Carmen was the second florist that I met with. I decided not to use her for my February 2010 wedding, but it was not because of her pricing. She is incredibly reasonably priced for the number of flowers that she uses. She had wonderful ideas and you can tell that she takes great pride in her work. She works out of her home so her prices really reflect that. If I had not met with another florist after her, she would have been my choice for florists. One thing that turned me away is that someone was going to have to drop the vases back by her house after the wedding (not the day of but the next week or so). Our venue is nowhere near her house so that was going to be a drive for whomever did that. It was not a huge deal but it was one of the deciding factors for me. She will definitely listen to all of your ideas, and I have no doubt that her weddings are absolutely breathtaking.
Services used: Flowers

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Creations By Leslie
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I ordered invitations for my bridal party luncheon from Leslie and they turned out beautifully. I ordered them right before the New Year, on December 29th, and I received them on January 4th! Talk about fast! They sent me an email approval of the work before they printed so that I knew exactly what the invite would look like. I emailed with them any questions I had and promptly received a response, almost immediately. Their customer service alone would make me order from them again! Their prices are incredibly reasonable and the invitation is of the highest quality and very professional. I really have no complaints whatsoever regarding this vendor's product or service.
Services used: Invitations

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( 3.0 / 5.0 )
As stated by previous reviewers, this place is gorgeous and perfect for hosting both the ceremony and reception at the same site. My fiance and I toured this place as one of our options and felt that we could find another suitable place at a less expensive cost and still get more than what they offer for a cheaper price. One of my favorite aspects of the building is that if you choose to have your ceremony indoors, your guests relocate uptairs but can still view the after-ceremony photo shoot as they have cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres in the upstairs area while they are transitioning the dining area into the reception. A big negative for me, personally, was that a wedding coordinator is not included in what you pay for. If I am going to pay upwards of $20,000 to one venue who boasts to be all inclusive, I expect to get someone who can corral guests and other vendors without having to pay extra. If you have an unlimited budget, then this is the place for you, but if you are informative and clear on your expectations, you can surely find better options for the same price if not less.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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chriswphoto.com
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Chris was the very first vendor that I booked because I knew even before I had the date picked out that he would be my photographer. He was the photographer for my friend's wedding where I was a bridesmaid and he was a blast. He took amazing before shots of both the bridesmaids and groomsmen as well as the bridal shots and they looked great. During the reception, he was dancing with us out on the dance floor, all the while snapping the camera and they ended up making some amazing action shots. He is shooting my engagement and bridal sessions as well as the ceremony and reception and I can't wait. He is pricey but I am willing to pay in order to get great shots that will last a lifetime. He also included (for me at least) a flat screen TV for the reception that he will project a slideshow of the engagement and bridal photos. Well worth it if you are looking for an amazing photographer in the greater Houston area.
Services used: Photography

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Cypress Chateau
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
For brides on a budget, this is a great place to have your reception. You can have your ceremony here too, but the only pretty place to have it is in the courtyard area in the back and that may not be an option if it is raining. They can set up the ceremony inside the rception hall but they just move the tables and chairs out of the way and then move them back when its over. A buffet is included in the package, but you bring in your own alcohol and they do not allow hard liqour, only beer, wine, and a margarita machine. The place is very simple and has the potential to be very nice, but you would need to bring in outside decorations to dress it up.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Omni Palace
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
This venue is very reasonable in price compared to other all-inclusive venues in Houston. I would say they are about middle of the road in price. They give you the option of two different packages that have buffets, and the big differences are colored linens versus ivory linens and premium versus house liquors. They do not include a wedding coordinator but if you were to want one, their sales person Janet has her own business as a coordinator. If we had gone with this venue, I would have gladly paid her fee of $50 per hour to help me with the wedding. She is very nice and seems to be on top of her game. My biggest turn-off was that the venue is located at the end of strip-center on Westheimer at Dairy Ashford and the outside is just not very appealing. Three different events can be going on at the same time, which means that three different limos will be waiting out front and three times the amount of people will be parking in the parking lot. I was looking for a venue with a little more ambience that this, but that is just me. Many people will find that this venue suits them just perfectly as people will be spending most of their time inside anyways. This venue should definitely be included in brides' options when they are visiting venues.
Services used: Catering, Wedding Venue

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
This venue was a very convenient choice for us as we also live in Cypress, but it is also very reasonably placed for anyone in the Houston area as it is located just off Highway 290 in Cypress. We actually chose a different venue than this one, but it would have been our second choice if plan A was not available. It seems that they run different specials each month because when we went to tour the facility, the salesperson worked out the pricing for our particular wedding right there. This was a very nice service because we walked away knowing exactly what we would be paying if we went with this venue, including taxes and service fees. I was a little put off by the reception hall as it appeared that an addition was added at some point, and there was a separation between the two rooms so that half of your guests would have been in a different room than the rest. Another turn-off was that the ceremony building (the 'Tuscan Room') was separated from the reception building 'The Lodge') by a huge parking lot. This is great when the weather is nice but what if it is pouring down rain? There was a very nice outdoor area by the pond to hold an outside ceremony but again it would be a terrible option in the rain. Other than that, they did include a lot of extras that other venues did not even offer, and they were very reasonably priced compared to other venues that we toured that day.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Trishia is very talented and very passionate about what she does. I had her apply lash extensions 4 weeks before my wedding day, and they really are great...but I'm a blonde so it took some serious getting used to. I had my first makeup trial with her for my bridal portraits and while at first I felt like a doll...when I saw the results in the pictures I was blown away! She really knows what works best for the camera and also told me to keep in mind that bridal portrait makeup is usually heavier than day-of makeup just so that you get the effect in pictures. I'm not 100% sure about where she stands as far as price goes...in my own opinion, I think its a little high...but I truly believe that she is worth it and you won't regret anything after seeing yourself in photographs. She is doing on location makeup for me and most of my bridemaids on the day of, and that to me is a big relief that we don't have to travel all over town the day of the wedding.
Services used: Beauty & Health

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Bridal Styles by Adrienne
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I have now had two hair trials with Adrienne and they both turned out great. She is very talented and works very fast. The styles are elegant and beautiful. It is important to have a really good idea in your mind of what you want and pictures do help her determine what style to go with. She is doing most of my bridesmaids hair, as well as mine on the day of, and is coming to out hotel room, which is a relief so we do not have to travel everywhere on the day of the wedding. She is willing to work with schedules.
Services used: Beauty & Health