Aug 05, 2006

24KT Sound & Video
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
They got my edited DVDs done before we got back from our honeymoon (which is INSANE!!!). They used 3 cameras during the ceremony, so got vantage points from wherever you would need them (it's not 3-D because that would be kinda scary, but it's so wonderful to see what's going on in your faces while you're saying your vows!). My only complaint is that the music is not our style, but that can be easily remedied.
Services used: Videography

( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I had a decent initial experience with this salon. On my first visit, I told them my budget and the salesperson I was working with brought me many beautiful gowns to try on, most WAY below the number I quoted her as my budget. I loved many of the gowns I tried on, but when I went around the store to look around for myself, I eyeballed a gown in the window that just screamed me. I asked the saleswoman if I could try it on, and she let me know that it was a bit above the budget I had quoted to her or else she would have brought it to me in the first place. Of course I ended up falling in love with it the second I saw it on me, but I also really liked another one of the gowns she had brought me earlier. The salesperson told me to walk down their "fake aisle" to make the ultimate decision. I did this with the two dresses I liked, and both the salesperson and the manager told me they loved both gowns but thought the less expensive one would make me happier since it was more in my budget. Their response indicated that they were most concerned with making me happy rather than selling me the more expensive gown. However, the second I tried on the more expensive gown I knew it was "the one" (as did my bridesmaids that were with me), and I made the decision to go a bit over my original budget. Mon Amie's customer service does drop off quite a bit once you've purchased a gown there. It seems to me like once they make the sale, no more effort is to be wasted on you. They have very inconvenient alteration appointment times and are generally overpriced. I have mixed feelings on whether I would recommend them to a friend. Their selection is great and I think it's worth a visit to try gowns on, but you can do better elsewhere.
Services used: Dress & Attire, Jewelry

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The Sunset was wonderful for my wedding reception and everything I could have hoped for. The food was even better than I thought it would be! Kelly Ann was a total doll and a riot to work with, and definitely dealt with my bridal craziness in stride. The night of the wedding was so much fun, and I've heard nothing back from guests but compliments on how yummy the food was and how fun the staff was. Everyone also keeps commenting on how fun and well-run the cocktail hour was (even though I freakin' missed it) because the hors d'oeuvres and cocktails were constantly flowing and nobody ever had to ask to be helped. Apparently the cocktails I had requested were constantly floating around on trays like there was a limitless supply. . .love it! Anyways, I would whole-heartedly recommend this location to any bride who is a foodie and who wants to be married on the beach. Here's a few things to keep in mind: 1) I didn't have my ceremony there because the beach (while gorgeous) is public and thus can be quite crowded in the summer (not much of an issue in other seasons); 2) Malibu has a noise ordinance so your band/DJ will have to shut down relatively early (I believe 11:30); and 3) I don't think they offer a buffet or food station option (please double check with the venue first because they may have changed their policy since I had my wedding). Overall, I highly recommend this venue and had such a great time!
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner

Hansen's Cakes
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
My wedding cake was so delicious and pretty. My only issue is that I ordered my cake as a 3-tier, stacked cake, and it arrived at my reception with the two bottom tiers stacked and the top layer on those annoying, ugly risers. It also had an ugly tulle looking thing on the bottom that I wasn't anticipating. I still thought it looked beautiful and I'm not a big cake bride so I really don't care that much, but it just indicates that they didn't really follow the contract. However, I did call them post-wedding and they agreed to give us an anniversary cake in the same style and flavor as our wedding cake for free, so now I'm totally happy! Despite my little issue, Hansen's makes the most consistently delicious cakes in the area and I highly recommend them! I looked around A LOT so I can definitely attest to this! Also, they have some of the best prices in the area. One thing to consider is that their display books and galleries don't really offer the most modern designs, so you'll have to tell them and show them a picture of exactly what you want.
Services used: Wedding Cake