Oct 09, 2010

DJ Michael McNeil / Ovation Entertainment
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Michael McNeil was our DJ-MC-Party-pumper!!! I echo every previous review on this vendor. I also concur that Michael was the best vendor we had amongst all the others.

Ovation Entertainment came in as a referred vendor by our venue (Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, CA). We were sold on him immediately...even during the interview process; not only because the price fit our budget but because he was absolutely sincere and geniune, and most importantly, he knew his stuff. Michael shared some important information with us to offer our selected DJ/MC since he has had multiple prior experience with our particular venue. He could've kept this information all to himself, rather he shared it with us to ensure we have a successful event regardless on who we end up hiring. That's not only generous but a very selfless act.

Michael assisted us in designing our itinerary and was very detailed oriented. His process totally helped me figure out how the entire flow should be which also helped me think about and identify other details throughout the day.

Michael made our event such a huge success! We got tons of compliments on the music and how well he motivated the crowd to get down and dance their booties! Needless to say, we had a superb time! Our guests kept saying it's the best wedding they've ever attended and we know that in large part it had to do with the music and the energy that he had help build up for us.

I consider him my fairy godfather who helped make our dream a reality.

Btw, vendors who can't give you a quote upfront are shady. Ovation Entertainment gives you the quote online and his pricing is absolutely fair and very competitive.

Look no further...this is the vendor for you. I promise you!
Services used: DJ

( 4.6 / 5.0 )
Allison is a fairy godmother! After reading the reviews here, I knew that Flower Allie would be the right florist for me. She completely worked with my limited budget and no one would believe me when I told them how much we spent on our flowers. The whole event was gorgeous thanks to Allison's beautiful creations from the boutonierres, corsages, bouquets, altars and centerpieces. Allison came up with such creative ideas with my budget. I had some basic ideas but when I needed guidance, she had tons of great suggestions. As other brides will tell you, Allison isn't diligent in responding to calls and emails but do not worry because her style is that she will give you her undivided attention 2 weeks prior to your wedding. Before then, she's focusing on other brides' weddings. I'm sure you can appreciate that when you realize that when it's your turn, you know that she is focused on your wedding. You'll just have to trust that she will come through for you.

You'll have an initial meeting with Allison to discuss your wants/needs/desires (you'll get a quote at this time), then a few weeks later she'll create a sample of your centerpiece, she'll be in touch with you approx 1 month before the wedding to finalize details. Allison heavily relies on the work order she puts together at the initial meeting and incorporates any changes you guys agree on at the follow-up meeting. You'll get a copy of this work order and my advice is that you review it really closely and ensure you are in complete agreement because that's what she'll be working off of, incl candle counts, etc. If it's not on the work order, it won't be in the finished product.

If you want a fabulously beautiful wedding -- whether you can afford it or not -- you should contact Flower Allie.
Services used: Flowers

Makeup by Minh
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I found Minh thru projectwedding.com...I was impressed with all the reviews I read and I can now attest that they are all true. I shopped around first and can confirm that Minh's pricing is very reasonable considering the caliber of her work and professionalism.

I don't generally wear make-up so I really wanted something that would make me look beautiful yet natural. I received tons of compliments on the work Minh did on me and all 3 of my girls (incl my mom). She brought to the hotel a huge trunk full of magic and made us all look amazing that lasted all through the end of the night. More importantly, it didn't feel like we had any make up on...it felt very light and natural.

She even saved the day by having fashion tape etc that helped us when we had an unexpected emergency with my mom's dress! Using one of her magic wands (airbrush tool), Minh also covered a couple of tattoos on one of my girls. She also did my eyelash extensions that are awesome! I got them for specifically for the wedding but I've decided to keep them because not only do I get many compliments on them but they help glam up my non-make-up everyday look!

My future plans include Minh for every party that requires me to look extra prettier than my everyday look, starting with a formal party that I'm going to next week. I used to stress about how I'm going to glam up my face when I go to special events since I don't know how to apply make up and now, I don't have to worry. Yay!
Services used: Beauty & Health

Photo Booth Pro
( 4.6 / 5.0 )
We are so glad we decided to have a photo booth at our wedding reception! Our guests (incl us) really had a blast with it and we're still having fun with the photos! The booth is so elegant and the props really made it more fun and added lots of humor in our photos. Photo Booth ProPro had the most competitive pricing and our primary contact (perhaps the owner?), Patrick, was a pleasure to work with -- he was easy to work with and was always quick to respond. The booth attendant was also very pleasant and our guests told us she was very nice and easy going. Sorry, I can't remember her name.

The only two minor issues we had are the following: although I provided the required jpg and pdf of our logo for the banner, I noticed during the party that the banner on the prints weren't exactly what I had provided; and while I purchased additional pages for the scrapbook, the book was short 2 sheets and photos ended up being glued on the back inside cover. No biggie...overall, we're very happy with the end product and the memories. Just thought I'd mention it if these things are important to you.

The photobooth was one of the highlights of the evening and I highly recommend you have one at your next event! If I have an opportunity to have one again, I will most definitely hire Photo Booth Pro again!
Services used: Unique Services