Sep 20, 2009
This was a wonderful shopping experience! I work right by here, and I always love walking by and looking in the windows. I set up an appointment during the week to talk about the type of dress I wanted. Diana and her daughter were both there and we got along great! They help me chose between different styles until I found a dress that complimented my body type and that I absolutely loved! I have been to bigger bridal boutiques but Diana's Bridal has the best customer service and atmosphere by far!
Services used: Dress & Attire
Abbey Saxton Photography
Abbey was the photographer that took pictures of my sister during her pregnancy, and I fell in love with the pictures! I contacted Abbey as soon as I got our wedding date set because I wanted her to be our photographer. She's an artist, and she has a wonderful personality, and she was such a joy to have at our wedding. Guests and friends were more willing to smile and laugh with Abbey because she was so nice, and because of that she got some great shots. I love the pictures of me getting ready for the church and the reception, and all the dancing pictures. Abbey also did our engagement pictures, which we used for our save-the-date cards!
Services used: Photography
A1 Tampa Limo
I really liked the idea of renting several party buses because we were able to shuttle our guests to and from the hotel and the reception hall. We also were able to rent a special limousine just for me, my new husband and the wedding party so we could go around and take pictures between the church and reception hall time. It took lots of planning and discussing, but A1 Tampa Limo were great about helping us to meet our needs. I think it is the bride and groom's responsibility to make sure the guests get home safely. I spoke with a great customer service rep for A1 who helped me with all the details, provided me with costs, and the time frames from which I could worth within. It was great! The buses were clean, the drivers were really nice, and I think people loved that they could go back and forth between the hotel all night! Well, not all night, but for a few hours they could go back and forth.
Services used: Unique Services
Firemen's Benevolent Association of the City of Tampa, Inc.
This is a great place to host a big reception, especially when you're on a bit of a budget and a time constraint! The hall is huge, and it can hold over 200 people. It's a bit simple, but with the right decorations the hall looked just beautiful! What I really liked about it was that there was enough room for all our guests, and they had a huge dance floor, which was great. They had a great set-up for the bar, which was apart from the rest of the room, so we were able to keep all the alcohol in one area. The hall manager and director, Mike and Ben, were really great about helping us to plan for this event. We had access at 8'oclock in the morning for the DJ and the caterers and the florist to set up, and it worked out great! Everyone had a wonderful time!
Services used: Wedding Venue
Affordable Catering is great! They help with all aspects of the dinner and service, including providing the supplies for the bar and the contacts for the linens and napkins. The reason we chose them over other more trendy catering services is that they have the best overall menu, with entrees that all our guests would be sure to like. The menu was simple, but everyone loved it. They did a great job with the set-up, and they made the snack table look absolutely beautiful! I appreciated how they gave me their insight on what would work for a wedding dinner, what items were popular, and what would be a sure win with our guests. Bringing out a meat and cheese platter later in the evening was a great decision, because all the dancers had gotten hungry. They are a great catering team, and I was so happy they were at our wedding.
Services used: Catering
We had several good suggestions on places to go for wedding cake, but we chose Cake Plus because they had the best reviews online, and because I had tasted one of their cakes at a birthday party. We set up a consultation and tasting and provided details, like the location and the number of guests. The cake looked and tasted great, but the best part was that they took care of the delivery and setting up the cake! We had a huge cake system, lots of cakes on pillars, and I don't think I would have been able to set it up on my own! I was so happy to be working with Mario! He did a great job, and I recommend Cake Plus without hesitation.
Services used: Wedding Cake
Music Magic DJ
My party was going to have dancing! I knew for certain that everyone would want to dance, so I looked for some really energetic and fun-loving DJs that I could entrust the job with. Music Magic was great; John had a great personality and was wonderful to work with! I remember that he had a great selection of music, and he was great about taking requests. People in my family love giving speeches, and he was really good about giving the mic out at the right time! What I really liked was how John made huge efforts to stay in contact with us and wanted to know how the wedding planning was going. He also wanted to make sure he had all the songs we wanted, and we did give him a huge list of songs that we wanted to hear. He played them all, and was great the whole night. At the end I felt like he was a part of the family!
Services used: DJ
Valencia Garden Restaurant
This is a special restaurant for my husband and I, because this is where we had a few of our 'first dates' together. It's right by our old university, so it's a place that also reminds us of when we were younger. We made a special request to our parents and close friends to have the rehearsal dinner at Valencia Garden, just because we wanted them to see where we started our relationship. Usually it's hard to get a table at dinner time without reservation, so we reserved a table for twelve two weeks earlier. It still took a while to get our food, but the atmosphere was great. The waitress apologized a few times for how long it was taking for our food to arrive, but thirty minutes after we were sitting down and had ordered we all had our meals in front of us. It wasn't that bad of a wait, but it might have taken longer if there were more of us! I usually only go there in groups smaller than six, and service is a bit faster.
Services used: Unique Services
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Great place for a gathering of friends! We had a his/her bachelor party, just because we have all of the same friends. We agreed to go to the Brewing Company, just because it is a fun place to start the evening. I made reservations for dinner at 7pm, but most of us showed up around 4pm for a few beers. You have the option of getting a regular beer or drink, or getting one of their special beers or seasonal beers. The seasonal beers were rather popular. The food was fine and the waitresses were really great about bringing our food out. They have great starters, and I really suggest the beer shrimp. The Brewing Company is also close to lots of other night clubs, so after dinner and six or seven beers some of us walked to the clubs.
Services used: Unique Services