Apr 06, 2008
When I first got engaged, I saw a sample of Bella Figura's "Majorca" invitation in Martha Stewart Weddings and tore it out. I looked at lots of local places and always brought in my tear sheet of the invitation I'd fallen in love with, but no one could come close to matching it. I finally decided to order a sample of it off Bella Figura's, and upon receiving it, I knew there was no turning back. The 2-ply, cotton paper is like nothing I've seen or touched at any other stationery store, and their letterpress is absolutely stunning. I was slightly worried about completing my invitation order with a company that was on the other side of the country, but it couldn't have been more fluid and simple. I worked with Cathleen and Beth Ann, who were so helpful throughout the entire process. I received my invitations within a month of ordering them, and they arrived without a flaw. Not only that, they were individually wrapped and packaged in gorgeous boxes wrapped with stain ribbon. Now we're making the beautiful mosaic pattern from the invitations a centerpiece for the design of our wedding -- the cake will incorporate a similar pattern and our florist is Pantone-matching the colors for our centerpieces. And it all started with Bella Figura.
Services used: Invitations
Jill Velez Calligraphy
I can't rave enough about Jill and her work. She has an extensive range of styles to choose from. We found one that suited our invitations perfectly. She got all of our envelopes done in just about a week, and they were even more perfect than I imagined. Plus she matched the ink color to the color of our return address perfectly. I was almost hesitant to mail our invitations because I didn't want to stop admiring the beautiful calligraphy!
Services used: Unique Services
The Montclair Collection
After visiting six bridal salons in the LA area, I ended up getting my dress at Montclair. The day I bought the dress, the service was very good. (Not excellent, but very good.) I think the reason I was really sold is they had a decent selection of the designers I was interested in, and the dress that I fell in love with sold itself. It was definitely one of the shabbier of the salons that I visited, but I loved the dress so much that I didn't care. I'm sad to say that after my experience, I would not recommend this vendor. (In fact, I have three friends who just got engaged and I steered them away from Montclair because of my experience.) First of all, as it has been noted, the service does go downhill once you buy. I think that's somewhat to be expected. (However, I did end up spending a few hundred dollars there on my jewelry and veil.) The alterations process wasn't that smooth as well. I was fortunate that the size I ordered fit me beautifully. The only real alterations the dress needed was taking the hem up. For that, I was charged $450. I knew that it was expensive for the work that needed to be done, but I figured it was easier than finding another place. Also, I had to argue with the seamstress to get the bustle I wanted -- she wanted to do the easy way of bringing it outside, but I wanted it to come from underneath. Cut to one week before my wedding. I went in for the final fitting, which included tacking some pieces of lace down and sewing my strapless bra into my dress so that it wouldn't peek out the top. It turned out that the person who was pressing my dress had also ripped out one of the ribbons that held up the bustle, so that had to be redone. I asked if it would be ready the following Friday, and was told that it would even be ready the tomorrow. But I said Friday was fine. I go to pick up my dress two days before my wedding and it had not been touched since I was there for my fitting -- still full of pins. They had me sit and wait while the seamstress quickly did the work that needed to be done. (She even had to abandon a poor girl during her fitting to do the work.) It turned out that she was using glue instead of stitching. GLUE!! On my $4k dress!! When trying it on later, I saw that the glue had seeped through the lace and was stuck to the silk sheath underneath, causing the lace to tuck oddly. Also, the bustle that had been broken by the presser was still pinned. After many tears, my dress still turned out to be lovely. However, by the end of the night, my bustle was hanging by a thread and I had to hold it up to dance. All in all, I loved my dress. I got so many compliments and still love how it turned out. But this is a rating of the salon, and for how I was treated and the sub-par work that they did on my dress, I'm giving them the lowest possible rating.
Services used: Dress & Attire