Jan 11, 2009
Red Fish Grill
We did a buy out of the restaurant for our wedding. We loved the flexibility of having up to 130 guests at the same negotiated price of the buyout, which allowed us to add the extra guests we would have normally been unable to include because of budget restrictions. We opted for a Sunday wedding because we got a better buy out price. The view at Red Fish is to die for and basically becomes a private beach once Matheson Hammock Park closes at sun down. We had our ceremony on their lagoon area right before sunset and the park was pretty much empty by then. The cocktail hour was on the beach and the reception was inside the restaurant and on the patio of the restaurant. We utilized the little room that is typically used for small private functions for a photobooth lounge. Chris was great to work with and very accommodating. Although they didnt offer a complimentary tasting, we did have dinner at the restaurant and were able to try everything offered on our menu. Red Fish provided all the beer, wine, and soft drinks, while we purchased the hard liquor, which they served and provided mixers for. The food and service were great and my guests were very impressed.
Services used: Wedding Venue
The Barnacle Historic State Park
We had a lot of out of town guests and even a lot of guests staying in Coconut Grove since they were from Broward and Palm Beach. We wanted to include everyone in our rehearsal dinner, but needed it to be affordable. We found the Barnacle State Park, which is a historic home on the bay with a great lawn area and pavillion. The Barnacle is in walking distance from just about every hotel in the Grove. We did a day time rental which was under $200! We brough in sandwhiches and other picnic type food and drinks for the 50 guests we had. We also brought picnic blankets so guests could sit on the lawn overlooking the bay rather then just under the pavillion. The whole event cost about $600. They also do evening rentals, which is more expensive, but for us an afternoon welcome party was perfect, especially having it on a Saturday since our wedding was on a Sunday.
Services used: Unique Services
Mayfair Hotel & Spa
I held a room block for my guests at this hotel. I also stayed here the night of my wedding. We had a large suite with 2 bathrooms, which made it really easy for my bridesmaids to get ready without interfering with my preparations. They just opened a great roof top pool called Cabana One where we hung out after our rehearsal dinner. Rooms are modern and cool. Myself and my guests all enjoyed staying here.
Services used: Unique Services
UBIS MUSIC & LIGHTING
My husband is in the music business and is extremely picky about the music he likes. We knew we needed a mix of what he and I liked as well as what would satisfy our 125 guests. We originally were going to have a friend dj, but decided we would rather hire someone and have our friends enjoy the wedding. DJ Ubi was very nice and laid back. It was refreshing to meet a dj who didnt try to control our wedding. He only did the announcements we requested and other then that played great music.
Services used: DJ
Cake Designs By Edda
We wanted to find a baker close to Red Fish Grill and were excited that Edda's was in Miami and close to us in Pembroke Pines (we live in Fort Lauderdale). The cake tasted great and there were so many choices. We chose Amaretto with Nutella filling for the largest layer and top layer and lets just say, we will not be saving the top layer for our one year anniversary as it is already gone. Middle layer was lemon with raspberry filling. Best of all, the cake looked as good as it tasted.
Services used: Wedding Cake
Jessy's limo had the best prices I found and allowed me to do transfers rather then 3 hour minimums. This worked perfectly since my ceremony and reception were at the same place. We got 2 10 passenger limos from the hotel to Red Fish and 1 20 passenger limo for the entire bridal party to get back to the hotel. Total cost was under $400 with all taxes and gratuity. Drivers were ontime and friendly. They allowed me to pay by check ahead of time so that I didnt need to present a credit card on my wedding day.
Services used: Transportation
I bought votive candles here for my wedding. They were the best price I found and since my venue needed little decor, it was all about the candles. Delivery was reasonable and fast.
Services used: Favors & Gifts, Flowers