May 22, 2010

Bella Blooms
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
We used Melanie from Bella Blooms for our wedding and, despite some hiccups during the planning process, the flowers at our wedding were BEAUTIFUL! I felt there were times that Melanie could have been a little more responsive, especially in the 1-2 weeks leading up to the wedding, which stressed me out a bit. But I must say that as soon as I saw the bouquets the day of the wedding, I was instantly happy and relieved.

The bouquets turned out amazing and exactly like the pictures I showed Melanie, and I literally could not stop starting at the centerpieces during the reception because they were that pretty. Plus, Melanie really worked with our budget - our final bill was a good $500 under the lowest quote we had gotten from another florist, but it looked like we totally splurged on the flowers. Bella didn't skimp at all, and we got lots of compliments on the flowers.

If you're a little Type A like me, the slowness of some of the communications might bother you. But if you can get past this (or aren't as high-strung as yours truly), I highly recommend Bella Blooms.
Services used: Flowers

Calligraphy Katrina and Maison Du Papier
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
What can I say that hasn't already been said about Katrina? Her work was beautiful, with several different fonts and ink colors to choose from. She was very flexible and accommodating, and her prices are great. We live an hour away and dropped our invitations off in the morning, had lunch in Pasadena, and picked them up later that afternoon. The calligraphy on the outer envelopes made a huge impact, and we got lots of compliments on the calligraphy. She also offers other services (invitations, menu cards, programs), but we just used her basic services to address our envelopes. Great work and well worth the money!
Services used: Invitations, Unique Services

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( 3.0 / 5.0 )
Damon was our only real splurge vendor, and we picked him based on all of these PW reviews. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was a little disappointed the day of the wedding. He unexpectedly cut our first dance song 1.5 minutes short, which was very upsetting to us. He also flubbed the name of the best man (introducing him with the name of one of the other groomsmen). We had spent hours upon hours coming up with a comprehensive "must play" song list per Damon's request, but we did not hear half of the songs on the list (though to Damon's credit, there was only about an hour of dancing after dinner before the guests started leaving in droves). Also, the first 6-8 songs he played were all modern, fast songs, which I felt alienated some of the older guests, most of whom left pretty quickly after the dancing started (I think because there weren't any songs that appealed to them). Contrary to the other reviewers, our dance floor was pretty empty, which I think was in part due to the fact that there was little variety in the type of music he played. Damon also did not play any of the slow songs on our list, to the point where we had to have our coordinator go to him and request that he mix some slow songs in there. There were some good points - Damon did a great job with the dinner music, provided good guidance during the song selection process, and as other reviewers have stated, he is not cheesy at all. But I feel that I can't recommend him given the fact that we will never be able to have our full first dance back, and because I didn't feel that there was much variety in the type of music he played in the first 20-30 minutes, which really set the tone for the wedding.
Services used: DJ