Aug 16, 2008
I went with an idea of what I wanted . The ladies chose the dresses that I had wanted to try on and then she helped pick out dresses she thought I would like and look good in. I wasn't sure about some of them but she ended up finding two perfect dresses. I was having a hard time deciding on "the one" and they had no problem when I stayed in a potential dress for an hour walking around and sitting and trying to see if it really was the one. The dress was cleaned quickly and I was able to take it home in about 2 weeks.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Olga's Bridal and Formal Couture
I wish I could give Olga more than 5 stars. She is a board favorite on the local NC knot board. I had no idea what needed to be done or what my bustle should look like and Olga did an amazing job showing me what she could do. She had to take the dress in, shorten the tie in the back, take in my corset, and add a bustle. She also took in my corset. She is very affordable and her custom wedding and formal dresses are amazing. My bridesmaids were from out of town and she altered both of them in a few hours while we shopped.
Services used: Dress & Attire
We had been looking for awhile and found the perfect ring online on zales.com. We went to our local one at the Crabtree Valley mall. They did not have the ring in the store but ordered it for us. They still allowed us to use the special promotion price even though we were ordering it. They gave us an estimated pick up date and told us they would call us when it came in. It came in very early and when we picked it up it fit my husband perfectly. I wanted something different for my wedding band and they worked with me to find the perfect chevron fit to my ring. We saved tons of money by using Zales and I feel their customer service is better than Kay's which is where my engagement ring is from.
Services used: Jewelry
I found them at an Outerbanks wedding show and decided on them because if you used Outer Banks Limousine you got a free ride to and from the salon. The Salon was easy to find and my trial was included. The make-up woman was not available for my trial so I was a bit worried for the day of. My hair trial was exactly what I was imagining and she assured me it would hold up better for the wedding. For the day of we were the only ones in the salon. We had four people getting hair and make-up done and it took no time at all. Everyone had a unique look. I even had 3 people working on me at one time. I loved how everything turned out and my hair was still curly and perfect the next day that we drove home to Raleigh.
Services used: Beauty & Health
North Carolina Aquarium
The aquarium was a very unique location for a wedding. The water was beautiful and perfect for the ceremony. The guests loved dancing in front of the shark tank. Communication with this vendor was not the best. We had two different wedding coordinators throughout and I think sometimes information was mixed up between the two of them. They have a new contract and allowed us to keep our old one or switch to the new one. The new one did not save us that much money but we got 5 hours for the price of 4. We had our final meeting a day or two before the wedding. We specifically talked to Michelle about the aquarium setting up our wedding arch. She said they don't normally do that but it wouldn't be a problem. The day of the aquarium refused to set up the arch. Thankfully my made of honor's boyfriend happened to drop by and see that the aisle and arch had not been set up yet. After the wedding we got our deposit back quickly and had no problems.
Services used: Wedding Venue
Blacktie-affair OBX Beach Wedding
We met Rev. Del at the Obx bridal show and immediately knew he was the one. He has a great sense of humor and had us laughing the whole time. His website gives great ideas for ceremony wording and we got the great idea of doing a sand ceremony instead of a candle one. We had been worried about the wind and did not even know a sand ceremony existed. He did a great job at personalizing our ceremony and he even had it printed up for us as a memento. The only reason he gets 4 starts instead of 5 is at the rehearsal he didn't really lead it and we ended doing most of the leading ourselves.
Services used: Unique Services
Outer Banks Limousine
We had a few choices in mind for limo vendor and when we found out this company had a promotion where if we used them and Reflections Salon we got a free ride to and fron the salon we were hooked. I had inquired about an 8 person limo and it was booked so they upgraded me to the SUV limo for no additional charge. They arrived early and knew exactly where they were going. He opened our champagne for us and was very fun to work with. He told us he would bring back a town car for us after the wedding but actually picked us up in the SUV limo. It was very comfortable and clean and I highly recommend working with them.
Services used: Transportation
Our contract changed with the aquarium and we then had to find our own chair rentals. Chairs were not a big concern and I did not want to spend a lot of money. I needed a company that would deliver, set up and pick up the chairs and many of vendors provided this. Although many companies would not provide Sunday pick up which Shindigs did. We found them last minute and our e-mail was answered very quickly and they found us the best chairs in our budget and told us Sunday pick up was no problem. I never had to worry about this vendor because everything was taken care of and done wonderfully.
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths
Everyone is still talking about how wonderful our cake tasted. We could not afford a very expensive tiered cake that most weddings have. They gave us the great idea of ordering 3 separate cakes for way less. They did a great job on our budget and used our 3 tiered cake stand we provided. I gave them a general idea of what I wanted and they went above and beyond. They delivered it on time and were great at responding quickly to questions. They let us try whatever flavors we wanted and when we had trouble deciding on a third flavor he suggested one that would compliment the other two we had decided on. They were super friendly and their food too is also great. I wish we had used them for our caterer because of their wonderful customer service. We will be going back for our anniversary and getting a small cake to celebrate.
Services used: Catering, Wedding Venue