jillaly

WEDDING DATE:

Mar 25, 2005

jillaly
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Papermart.com
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My new favorite store! Great quality and arrived within days of my order.
Services used: Favors & Gifts

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Joel Greenberg and Wendy Stewart Fine Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Another amazing vendor. I love photography so I spent a lot of time choosing my photographer. They were professional, got the proofs to me quickly and the album is terrific. I love that they give you the negatives with your album and you have the rights to them. No extra fee- it's part of the package. Wendy and Santi were wonderful to us during the wedding. Someone actually knocked Wendy down to the ground as she took photos (they were dancing and accidentally hit her in the eye area). She was knocked pretty hard but got back up and continued shooting- she was a real trouper. I hired Santi as a second photographer instead of having video. He stayed late on his own time so he could finish taking the table pictures.
Services used: Photography

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CENTER STAGE ORCHESTRAS formerly Manhattan Swing
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The dance floor was packed all night which says far more than any words I could write. They learned a bunch of songs I wanted played which was really nice too. They also played our first dance song as the last song of the night. I would have never thought to do that but it was so sentimental and a great way to end the evening.
Services used: Band, Ceremony Music

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Maureen Pedala
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Amazing, amazing, amazing! Worth every penny. She arrived early, dealt with my very difficult relatives and was so calming throughout the day. Maureen and Claudia are famous in the NYC area and they do not disappoint.
Services used: Beauty & Health

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A Stress-Free Wedding Dance
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Husband-wife team John and Maria are the dance teachers. My husband constantly stepped on my toes (sorry honey) before we went to lessons. Now he cruises around the dance floor. They gave him confidence as well as knowledge of dance steps. They created a monster- he wants to keep going for more lessons even though the wedding is over!
Services used: Unique Services

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Paper Presentation
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I should have bought stock in the company because I spent so much time and money in the store for all my DIY projects. Great on returns too- I kept changing my mind on paper and bringing stuff back to exchange it. They were wonderful
Services used: Invitations

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S.H. Zell and Sons
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The sons are Steve and Joe and the dad is Stanley. I know their quality and reputation because my family used to be in the business. I know going to the diamond district can be a daunting challenge, but you can trust them. You can call them ahead of time and tell them your general price range or what size stones you want and they'll have a selection of diamonds for you to look at when you arrive. You can just show up too but if they know you're coming, they'll get stones for you to give you more of a choice. They're really well respected in the business and Steve will give you a lecture on diamonds and what to look for if you need to learn about them.
Services used: Unique Services

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Creative Cakes by Rockwell
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
He is not cheap, but his cakes are works of art. I knew basically what I wanted, but the owner had so many suggestions that were fantastic. He does a lot of cakes for Broadway show openings and is so creative. He doesnt have a website but has tons of pictures to look at in his store. He delivered the cake on time and in great shape. Don't freak out that everything is done on a handshake and you send the check in after the wedding. His business practice may be very laid back but he was very professional and responsible.
Services used: Unique Services

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The food was absolutely amazing- the chef gets a 5 star. The ballroom and the 2nd floor lounge (where we had the ceremony) have the most amazing architectural details and needed very little decoration. It's also very light in color which helps with lighting for photography. Donna was my wedding coordinator and was so professional and helpful. The day before the wedding, I arrived at the Yale Club with a carload of stuff (menus, programs, photos, candy bar, ketubah, etc). Within minutes of pulling up in front of the Yale Club, everything was unloaded by the staff and brought to her office and I never had to worry about anything after that- she took care of everything and all the items were where they were supposed to be on the wedding day. When Donna found out my father forgot to book me a hotel room for the night before the wedding (good one-huh-forgetting the BRIDE!), and the Yale Club was sold out, Donna found me a room. She really went above and beyond for us. Everything ran smoothly on the wedding day. Everyone says SOMETHING had to go wrong- I had to really think and the only 2 minor things I could even think of was that I wanted 5 layers on the wedding cake (there were 4) and they didnt serve the grooms cake (not sure why). These 2 things were so unimportant in the scheme of the entire day that I hesitated even mentioning them. I highly recommend the Yale Club. For those getting married there, dont worry about the elevators- things went very smoothly. They hold the elevators so only your guests use them and it didn't take long to get 175 people where they needed to be. The one thing I would recommend is a bathroom attendant. Its worth the money since the bathroom is small and can get dirty quickly.
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner