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WEDDING DATE:

Jun 16, 2007

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Black Tie Affair
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Michael, the owner, is nice, experienced, and accomodating to DH's mix/match of different tuxedo styles. They also lent my dad a tie for free. You can't walk in without an appointment though.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Honolulu Cookie Company
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I ordered the pineapple-shaped chocolate-dipped macadamia nut shortbread and kona coffee-flavored shortbread cookies. They were so good. I received no complaints about the cookies tasting stale. They were also a good deal. The chocolate dipped ones were 45 cents each and the kona coffee ones were 35 cents each.
Services used: Unique Services

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Satura Cakes
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Mari Netsu, the special events manager, was a pleasure to work with. She was super sweet and quick to reply. The cake was delicious. However, I swear the cake looked smaller than I expected. I ordered a 4-tier cake, with each layer 6", 9", 12", and 16" with each layer 4-6" in height. Unfortunately, no one had a ruler so I couldn't measure it. The cake arrived late but was set up prior to the start of the reception. Mari said the cake fell on the way to the Royal Hawaiian and they went back to make another cake. I don't know how you can make a cake in that short period of time but whatever. I called a week later to discuss the cake and they gave me a $100 for being late. Mari said the 2nd cake was built according to the specs we agreed on. I asked about my cake topper being decapitated and she didn't know that it fell. She also pointed out that they didn't know that there was going to be cake topper. If they had knew, they would have inserted wooden dowels for more support. I thought that I had mentioned it to her at our meeting but it wasn't written down in the contract.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Showtime DJs/Grand Finale Productions
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
At last minute, my band/DJ fell through and I was left scrambling to find a DJ at last minute. Teley, the owner, met with me and I handed him a CD and lists of all the songs that I wanted them to play. I asked Teley if the DJs he would be sending (I already knew Teley was already booked) could remix and mix-up the songs. Listening to DJs simply play songs with re-mixing the songs is a pet peeve of mine. Anyone can just press play. Anyway, I remember the DJ playing the songs I wanted but I don't remember if they re-mixed and mixed up the songs. Per my guests, they played a bunch of reggae in a row and didn't remix the songs. Since I don't remember being bothered by the music (I'm sure I was just ecstatic and overwhelmed with glee ha ha), I can't say I wouldn't recommend this vendor. Overall, I guess they did a good job. My only regret was not getting more lights as part of the DJ package and not having Teley, the owner, actually there.
Services used: Unique Services

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Enchanted Hawaiian Weddings
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I hired Fely for full planning. Although she booked some major vendors for us and did a lot of research into things we decided on not getting, I don't think she was there for full service. According to her full service package, I was supposed to get budget prep, cost analysis review, and monthly status reports. Unfortunately, I didn't get that. It wasn't until a few weeks before the wedding that I was in constant contact with Fely. I think that was partly my fault because I recommended Fely to my friend was getting married a week before me and another friend was getting married a month after me. But she was a helluva good planner/coordinator the week of. She attended to a lot of details I overlooked, especially when it came to the ceremony. I don't think any planner that I interviewed before knew as much about Filipino/Catholic weddings as Fely did. I couldn't find my wedding cord so we used hers. She attended our rehearsal dinner and went over the details with everyone. I can't think of any major disasters the day of the wedding but I'm sure she handled them well because everything went pretty smoothly overall. She even worked the day after the wedding! She drove to Duke's Limo to pick up things my bridesmaid forgot in the limo, drove to the airport to meet her, drove to VIP trans to pick up the things that a guest left on the bus, and then drove to Ewa Beach to drop the things off. In the end, I liked working with her but she didn't meet the expectations listed under her full service package.
Services used: Unique Services

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Bernini Platinum
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My DH loved, loved, loved his tuxedo. It was custom-tailored and fit him great. The store shipped the tuxedo to Seattle and it got there with no problems.
Services used: Unique Services

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Floral Inspirations
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I loved my flowers. As expected though, she was difficult to get a hold of. I made a inspiration board on the web months in advance so that she could understand the vision I had for the wedding. This was much different than what we had originally decided on a year before (at our first and last meeting). She, unfortunately, didn't check this until a week before the wedding. We weren't able to meet but she was able to check the website I made. She was great at working with my budget. I wish I could have worked with her on the budget months in advance so that I could have allocated more money toward flowers and maybe threw in my own reception DIY project in to match the flowers and make the centerpieces e.g. adding crystal strands to hang from the tall centerpieces. Oh well. She worked wonders with the budget I gave her.
Services used: Flowers

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VIP transport
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Clean. Professional. On-time. Unbeknownst to us and the bus driver prior to the ceremony, they did a bus switcheroo during the Mass so some guests were missing some items they left on the bus. Fely, our coordinator, picked up their stuff the next day and brought it to the day-after brunch for us.
Services used: Unique Services

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Coco Myles
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Great fabric. Fast to reply to emails. Gave my bridesmaids free fabric (at least a yard and a half each) as they all wanted to alter their dresses to make it more personal. I liked how this vendor allowed bridesmaids to custom make their dress.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Visionari
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
think the pictures speak for themselves. They were friendly and patient with my camera-happy guests (some of who couldn't follow directions with waiting their turn). At the end of the reception, they surpised us with a table full of their favorite pictures of the day, all beautifully displayed. I got my a link to my online album a couple of weeks after the wedding and all of my proofs about a month after. Talk about fast!
Services used: Photography