Mar 21, 2009
Van Michael Salon
I didn't tell them I was the bride, only that I wanted an updo (it costs much more for a "bridal updo"). Because this place has such a great reputation, I also tried to save money by not having a trial. Although, I did like my hair (Greer was my stylist), I felt like she rushed it by the end when she was the one that started late. I had tons of frizzies and hair popping out that I had to tell her to fix over and over again. It was very unfinished looking when she was rushing me out. I immediately needed more hairspray as soon as I got back to my hotel. My hair did fall out at the end of the night, which has never happened to me. For $100 for a regular and easy updo that I have gotten times and times again, I expected better service. In hindsight, I wish I would have told her I was a bride, paid the extra $50 and got better service. But for $100 IN THE SALON, I should not have had to. My mother did get an amazing cut and style there with Levi. I highly recommend him for a great affordable cut. If I lived in Miami, he would be my stylist!
Services used: Beauty & Health
Rev. Eddie Rodriguez
He is so wonderful that we pretty much booked him on the spot, without interviewing anyone else. He is a very structured person, which I find to be a great quality for someone in this field. He constructed a great ceremony for us that was very personal and relevant. Everyone has been raving about it. He gave us great advice and pointers for the ceremony that we needed. We are so glad we had him marry us.
Services used: Officiant
Jade is such an amazingly talented photojournalist photographer. She took our engagement pictures and was so wonderful about directing my shy husband and found wonderful creative spots to take her amazing pictures. She really put us at ease and caught some amazing moments and gorgeous sites. She is so wonderful at taking pictures that convey warmth, love and happiness. On top of all of that, she is the sweetest nicest person. I highly recommend her! She is amazingly affordable, especially considering her talent!
Services used: Photography
Blue Sky Videos
Paul was just a great guy to work with, he makes you feel super comfortable and is a really good stealthy videoographer. He turns out a timely and wonderful product. We couldn't be happier with our videos. We highly recommend him!
Services used: Photography, Videography
Super easy to book via email. They were very responsive prior to and at our wedding. They were very professional and did exactly what they were supposed to. Worth every penny spent!
Services used: Transportation
I bought my favor bags here and had a great experience with them. Prices, quality, and the low shipping cost was great.
Services used: Favors & Gifts
I bought my cardstock from here. Shipping is quite high, and I risked that it was the right color (b/c samples are expensive). Half my package of paper had tears in it. I called and reported this. They 2nd dayed replacement paper, which was nice. BUT, the paper was sent in an envelope with no protection. By the time I received it, the envelope was beat to hell and all the corners of the cardstock were bent. Oh and they only send me a half package of paper, which cracked me up. They actually counted out 15 pages to send me. I didn't bother asking for another replacement. Really poor shipping and handling. I preferred my experience with paperandmore.com and have become a repeat customer with them.
Services used: Invitations
Amy Kuschel Bride
Wonderful experience. I couldn't be happier with my dress. It first I was a little flabbergasted that I was paying so much for my dress, but the fact that it includes all your fittings and alterations and is custom made to your unique body, makes it all worth it. My dress was made of exquisite silk and was constructed so well. If you are anything like me and want a simple silk dress that is stunning - this is your place. I should also note that I was so very pleased with their customer service. From trying on dresses, to fittings, to picking her up, they were top notch all the way - without kissing up. This is really good to know, since sometimes places are only good to you before you sign on the dotted line. Highly highly recommend!!!! Also, if you buy your dress on your first or second visit, you get a discount of at least $100 off.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Black Tie on the Circle
Great service and lovely tuxes. It may not be the cheapest in Miami, but it is a locally owned business that owns all of their tuxes. FI said it was the best feeling tux he ever had on. They treated all of us very well during the initial fitting, but DH felt a bit slighted on the day of pickup. I highly recommend them.
Services used: Unique Services
She is a quirky, but talented harpist. She has a huge repertoire and can play a ton of selections for you. I got a great vibe from her and very much enjoyed hearing her play at our meeting. She also isn't picky or demanding as some other musicians were. I didn't hear too much of her music on the day of our wedding, but what I did hear was truly lovely
Services used: Ceremony Music
Stylish Events by Karla B.
Karla was kind enough to have a contest for a free DOC that we were lucky enough to win. However, had I known what I know now, I would have hired her for her cost in an instant. She is incredibly helpful, responsive, professional, and saved us when our venue was being a serious pain. My semi all-inclusive venue assured me that I didn't need a DOC. Now I know why. They don't someone to be an advocate for you and to make them do their jobs correctly. I highly suggest you have a DOC even if your venue says you don't need one. When your hair is falling out, Karla will have hairspray for you. When your dress gets a stain, Karla will be able to remove it for you. When you venue is being difficult, she will help you work with them. Karla and her husband were working non-stop at our wedding. She set up all our decor (I was our florist) perfectly and was able to work it out even when we had a change in location due to the rain. At the end of the night, they packaged everything up much better than I could have. It was so easy to pick it all up the next day. I could go on and on, but at the end of the day, Karla is wonderful and you will be in great hands with her.
Services used: Wedding Planning
Cake Designs By Edda
The service and quality seem to vary greatly by location. I definitely had a rocky start at my tasting with both the Doral and Coral Gables locations, but Coral Gables eventually rectified it. That being said, based on their customer service, I would had never booked them if they weren't included in our venue package. My best advice is to avoid the weekends and make an appointment (get the bookers name!) to taste FRESH cake and the fillings you want. As a package cake, I dislike that they charged us extra for (1) making the buttercreme a color other than ivory and (2) for filling to be added in between the layers (is there someone that has no filling in their cake?). I feel that this is something that should be included in our package cake. However, this might be more of something to bring up with the venue instead. On the day of our wedding, our cake itself was gorgeous and the perfect color, the buttercreme was so smooth and looked just like fondant! However, the orange flavor was not like our tasting and was much too intense and the texture wasn't so good. It was coarse and it was clear that the cake was not fresh. The strawberry filling also did not taste the same as the tasting and was a really thin layer. Overall, I was quite disappointed in the taste, but happy with the appearance. If you have a choice in bakers, I recommend that you look elsewhere and go with a smaller baker that isn't so hit-or-miss.
Services used: Wedding Cake
Their online selection system and professionalism sealed the deal for us. Steven was super nice and played all the songs we suggested, however he technically wasn't the greatest DJ. His mixes weren't that good and he cut out ALOT of the best parts of songs. In his defense, dinner took so long, that we were left with little dancing time and he probably wanted to fit in as much of the music that we chose.
Services used: DJ, Ceremony Music, Flowers
Monty's South Beach
Great prices and amazing service. They even honored their 1/2 price happy hour drinks for us, which saved us a ton. The ambiance was great for a casual tropical vibe. Everyone really felt like it exuded the Miami vibe. And the view is just great. Make sure to have some Key Lime pie!
Services used: Unique Services
I was not impressed with their service. I had an appointment, was there on time, and had to wait 30 minutes before a consultant let me upstairs. I was prepared with a list of 5 gowns of designers that I knew they carried. As I went to give it to her, she refused to take it and then lead me into a room of packed-in (like sardines) trumpet gowns and told me to pick out whatever I liked. How is that for a shopping experience? Someone else did help me into some gowns, but that was it for my experience there. I did not get try on a single gown that I wanted, as I could not find them in their mess of racks. Needless to say, I did not buy my dress there. Honestly, there service was just as bad as David's Bridal, if not worse.
Services used: Dress & Attire