Jul 16, 2010

Carte Blanche
( 1.4 / 5.0 )
NEVER EVER BOOK WITH THIS AGENCY!! This was by far the worst experience I've ever had with any business. Brian Wacchorst was my contact there and is one of the most unprofessional and sketchy people I have had the displeasure of meeting.

My husband and I met with Brian over a year before our wedding and heard a variety of demo CDs. There was one band in particular that Brian recommended but I told him that I was a little uneasy about the vocals. After much assurance that they were fantastic live and that we would love them if we saw them perform, we decided to sign a contract with the caveat that if we didn't like them live, we could switch groups.

This is when the nightmare began. For 8 months, Brian evaded the phone calls and e-mails I sent to try and set up a time to see the band perform. He kept saying that we had just missed them or that they weren't performing for awhile. Only when I wrote an e-mail threatening his integrity did he suddenly find a time for us to see the band. When we finally heard the band, they were fantastic! So we felt a little better.

But then came the hassle of trying to communicate with the bandleader (Brian said all further contact should be through them). Again, very few responses and they kept saying that we'd figure out the details later. Well, with 3 days until my wedding and having not heard one peep from Brian, I decided to give him a call.

BRIDES, BEWARE! When I finally got ahold of Brian, he started telling me that sound was not included with the ceremony's music. Even though he assured us in that first meeting that microphones, a guitarist, etc. were all included, now he was telling me that there must have been a misunderstanding because sound was only included if we hired a sound technician. WTF? Who would know that sound isn't included with music?

It gets even worse. Even after I agreed to pay extra money for a sound guy (who just happened to be Brian b/c according to him, "he wanted it done right" and so wasn't going to be at another gig just so he could come to our wedding...really?), Brian calls again the next day and tells me that there was a miscommunication with the band leader. According to Brian, since there were several miscommunications involved, and I was the "common denominator", it must have been my fault.

Brian accused me of being a naive manipulator who was "just upset because I wasn't getting a brand new car." He claimed that he never said any of the things I said he did and that the misunderstandings were all my fault. Apparently, I was trying to jip him out of money.

Now, for any of you who have planned a wedding, you know how stressful it is. Not to mention 2 days before your wedding having some jerk yelling at you on the phone and making you cry. After my husband called back to talk to him, Brian apologized. Extremely little and much too late.

The band (Carte Blanche) was great and all our guests had a fantastic time dancing but it would be better to hire them through someone else or go directly to their website.
Services used: Band

Minister Maggie
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Maggie is the most caring, compassionate, and poetic officiant I have ever met! She worked with us on all aspects of the ceremony - from helping us find the perfect reading to working with my sister-in-law on a blessing. Her kindness emanated to all those around her and we had dozens of guests complimenting us on such a beautiful ceremony! Our special day wouldn't have been the same without Minister Maggie!
Services used: Officiant

Novella Bridal
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This is a hidden gem in the heart of San Francisco! I found my dream dress from Novella and paid $1000 less than I anticipated. They also beat the price I found at a different & dumpier salon. Carol is a fantastic seamstress and accommodated every crazy request I had. I went back for multiple fittings until everything was perfect and every time, the staff at Novella made me feel welcomed and beautiful. They don't carry a lot of designers like other salons, but the service is unmatchable. Clean, modern, and dresses I love - couldn't ask for more.
Services used: Dress & Attire

Poppy's Petalworks
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Laura is fantastic! When my husband and I first met her, we weren't quite sure of what we wanted. I told her a few things I absolutely hated and loved and from there she was able to put together a vision of our wedding flowers.

She answered every question patiently and did any amazing job with our budget. She sent us lists of seasonal flowers and their approximate price range so that we could choose what was important to us. She also allowed us to refine our flower requests up until the week before the wedding. She has a fantastic eye and created a chic, modern, and romantic look for our day. What a fantastic florist!!
Services used: Flowers

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
LOVE love Wedding Paper Divas! We used them for our invitations and coincidentally, our families used them for our rehearsal dinner invites, and my bridesmaids used them for my bridal shower invitations. The designs are modern and gorgeous - we got so many compliments on the vibrant and unique colors! The site tailors all products to your needs and you can make changes up until they ship it out. Great value and friendly customer service, you can't go wrong with Wedding Paper Divas!
Services used: Invitations

( 4.8 / 5.0 )
Jira is fabulous! She's a true artist who helped me feel gorgeous on my wedding day. What I loved about Jira is that she was willing to accommodate all my requests and worked with me on the price so that all my bridesmaids and mom could get something done. I had two trial sessions with her and at first was a little unsure of the hairstyle. But Jira assured me that once my hair was cut in layers, it would all work out.

On the wedding day, Jira and her assistant arrived on time with suitcases full of makeup and hair accessories. They made everyone look beautiful and their work lasted through the night and into the next day!

If you want to feel gorgeous, visit Jira and her team!
Services used: Beauty & Health