Sep 18, 2009
Blue Ribbon Invitations
My husband and I met with Denise and were quite frustrated with the invitation process. Each store we went into basically gave us a book and said look through it and when you find what you like or want to order let us know. Hello people...you're a salesperson trying to sell us invitations...we needed suggestions and direction. Many of the stores we went to carried exactly what Denise carries, but she was the only person who sat down with us and went over all kinds of invites until she narrowed it down to the style we liked. Our invitations were stunning and thanks to her time, effort and sales skills she had our business. She also does other types of invites and holiday cards which I ordered through her for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you want one on one invite advice make an appointment with Denise.
Services used: Invitations
Crumbs of Paris
Delish! Our cake was so yummy and beautiful. The bakery nailed the design and colors that we wanted. Simple and elegant was the look we were going for and they did it without making the cake look boring. The service was exceptional at the tastings and the price was right.
Services used: Wedding Cake
Paper Source - Chicago
My husband and I made our own programs, menus, place cards and a few other things. Paper Source allowed us to do all this for about $200 and the quality was exceptional. We had guests asking where we ordered our place cards, etc and they were shocked when the found out they were homemade. If there is a store by you, take advantage if you have the time. We saved a ton of money and the end result was just what we wanted.
Services used: Invitations
Jennifer Bueno- Professional Makeup & Hair
Jennifer Bueno is the owner and on my wedding day she was amazing! I booked her very last minute because I really thought I was going to do my own makeup. I'm quite picky about my makeup and was very nervous to hand the brushes over to someone else. After much thought I realized the day would be much more relaxing if someone else was doing me and my bridesmaids hair and makeup. Luckily, Jennifer wasn't booked. (I got married on a Friday evening which helped) She suggested that we start getting ready at 11:30am and my wedding was at 5:30. I was very hesitant to start so early, but this girl knows her stuff. She showed up with all her stuff and her hair stylist Nancy and made 2 stations in my hotel room. It was so much fun and we all looked gorgeous. All my bridesmaids had their hair done, but I was going to my usual salon. Well, long story short I had a hair crisis at my salon and Jennifer's stylist Nancy swooped in and fixed my hair trauma. Let's just say I went from Princess Laya to Princess Grace. Thanks Nancy! Jennifer's talent shows in my wedding pictures. We all look glowing, but not fake. All my girls look beautiful and glamorous, but not to the point where we looked like we had a ton of makeup on. I would recommend her to anyone, but definitely book early if you're getting married on a Saturday. I just got lucky.
Services used: Beauty & Health
Mike Farmer Entertainment
Mike is such a nice guy and did an exceptional job at our reception. He introduced our wedding party without making one mistake or hesitation. He also sounds like a normal guy and not a cheesy game show host. He MC'd the wedding like a pro. He was very reasonably priced and even gave us a great deal on up lighting which I think is a must for any evening wedding. The only thing I would suggest to the next bride is to give him a specific list of songs you want to hear at the reception. He played the songs a bit too long for our taste, but our guests were very happy with the music. That's really all that mattered. He's a great guy who will work with you in any way he can to make your wedding special.
Services used: DJ
Irene with A Perfect Table is the best linen vendor in town!!! I search high and low for chair covers that did not need to have a sash tied around the cover...just not my style at all. A Perfect Table has silk taffeta or satin taffeta chair covers and table lines that look stunning. The chair covers are self tie which look so elegant especially when you put a flower in the back of each one. Our colors were lime and black so we put a green spider mum in the back of each chair...wow it look gorgeous! Not only are A Perfect Table's linens stunning, but the prices won't break the bank. They beat every other linen vendor I looked at. Definitely give them a call and you won't be disappointed!
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths
The Dana on Mission Bay
The Dana on Mission Bay was the perfect ceremony & reception venue for our wedding. The ceremony site is stunning and the Mission Bay ballroom offers an elegant atmosphere for any size reception under 300 people. My husband and I chose The Dana because we wanted a waterfront wedding without breaking the bank. The Dana offers a lot of extras for the price. Our ceremony site was very reasonable compared to all the other hotels in the area and we did not have to compromise on waterfront views. The cocktail & reception had so much included in the per person price. Cocktail hour with hosted bar was included along with tray passed appetizers. Dinner included wine for all of our guests and the champagne toast as well. The day of our wedding The Dana staff was amazing. They had everything set up on time and were extremely professional and polite. We had a unique reception set up that was done perfectly to our expectations. We had a kings or honor table for the my husband and I along with our wedding party. It was a long table of 16 in the center of the room with the other round tables of our guests surrounding us. Our wedding party got to sit with their dates and it was nice to be surrounded by all of our guests. The Dana set everything up to perfection. They worked well with all of our other vendors and the day was perfect. For the money, The Dana is one of the best sites for a waterfront wedding in San Diego. The only reason I did not give them 5 stars is because their catering manager isn't the most friendly of all the vendors I worked with. She was very professional, but when you're getting married you want to work with someone who is happy and excited to work with you. It would have been nice to have a bit more personality from her, but The Dana itself is such a great wedding site that we were willing to overlook the catering managers lack of personality. At least she was professional and everything went off without a hitch.
Services used: Wedding Venue