Jan 30, 2010

City of Commerce Flowers
( 2.4 / 5.0 )
Overall, our experience with Commerce Flowers was pleasant. The prices are good and Eddie was super easy to work with but at the end of the day you get what you paid for, wilting flowers and a centerpiece that didn't satisfy you.

I have to admit that I'm a very organized bride that takes pictures of everything that I want so when I went to Commerce Flower, after reading all the great reviews, I thought they would be able to deliver. I was wrong.

The day of the wedding the flowers were browning and the centerpieces overflowed with green shrubs/leaves something I specifically requested that I didn't want. Also, the bridal party boutonniere and boutiques were falling apart before we even got to the church. I do have to say I was very pleased with my own boutique. Overall, if you are looking for a deal, go to Commerce but may want to readjust your expectations.
Services used: Flowers

DJs To Go
( 3.4 / 5.0 )
DJs to GO are great for their price. For our January 2010 wedding, we worked with Matt Short. Matt had done our friend's wedding in March so we had already heard him DJ. He was fun and laid back. Matt really worked with us and followed our song suggestions -- granted we did have a pretty detailed list of party music and dinner music that we wanted played. My only MAJOR complaint is that he messed up the first dance song...who messes up the first dance song!!?
Services used: DJ

Just Chic Events
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My fiancé and I first met Paola in August 2009 and only 6 months before our wedding. We were looking for a day-of coordinator that we knew we could depend on to help us organize all of the last minute details and make the day hassle-free. At that point, we had done a large amount of the planning so we purchased the tulip package and Paola was willing to work with us to adjust it accordingly to meet our needs.

I am very organized, so it was a pleasure to work with Paola who also stayed on top of the planning, gave plenty of detailed suggestions and had a quick turn around in responding to emails and following up with our vendors. Paola has a fantastic attitude which is the perfect blend of extremely professional and friend. She never seems overwhelmed and handles her clients very well.

The hectic weeks leading to the wedding and the wedding itself were seamless. With Paola's killer organizational skills and sharp eye, everything was perfect. She was extremely patient in answering all of our questions and addressing all of our concerns. She is also great in being a liaison between not only the vendors but also the future in-laws (who were not always the easiest to deal with) and the bridal party. The timeline that Paola created was super on point and made everyone feel more comfortable the day of.

We designed and provided ourselves a major part of the decorations at the reception, and Paola took charge of making sure all those decorations arrived at the right place at the right time, set them up, and packed them up at the end of the night.

The most important thing is that because of Paola, I didn't worry about anything on the day of the wedding nor did my husband, our families and bridal party. After the wedding, we received so many compliments about the amazing job Paola and her assistant Jessi did. You will not be disappointed by Paola and JCE.
Services used: Wedding Planning

Renee Strauss
( 1.0 / 5.0 )
Whatever you do, do not purchase a bridal gown from Renee Strauss Bridal! The gowns featured at the shop are fine and though the shop isn’t the fanciest, its average for a bridal salon.

The problem with Renee Strauss Bridal (RSB) is Renee’s customer service. At first Renee was very helpful in helping me locate a dress I saw in Orange County. I carefully explained to Renee what I wanted and tried on a combination of two different variations of the dress. Even though I was hesitant to purchase the dress, without seeing the exact dress in person, Renee spoke with the dress manufacturer and confirmed that the combination of the two different dress variations was the dress I wanted. I finally agreed to purchase the dress but left the shop without leaving payment information so I could discuss the dress and my hesitations with my fiancé. At that point he told me not to purchase the dress from RSB because Renee was being too pushy and it was obvious I didn’t feel comfortable. We were too late. In Renee’s hurry to make the sale, she placed the order before demanding payment for the order that she already placed and then rudely approached my fiancé and I to make the payment (of course she added that she did it in “good faith” so that the dress would arrive “on time”).

After discovering that there was mistake with the dress I purchased when it arrived, Renee instantly placed the blame on me and claimed that I didn’t remember what I initial saw in Orange County. Renee was awful to work with and even went as far as comparing a potential color variation (if I were to send the dress back for alternations) to Michael Jackson’s skin color. Every time we spoke on the phone she would not allow me to explain what I wanted before she would so rudely interrupt or talk over me. She did not once apologize for the mistake and eventually brushed me off on her manager. Her manager was easier to work with especially after RSB agreed to cover the costs accrued for any alterations to the dress; however, the majority of the time I had to follow up with RSB before they followed up with me. It took two weeks of back and forth regarding the differences in the dress before the new order was placed. One time, when I called to ask about the status of the dress, Renee answered but she quickly brushed me off and once again, didn’t acknowledge the stress and inconvenience that her shop has put me through.

At the end of the day, even though my dress was nice, I wasn't excited about it and couldn't look at it without hesitation and stress.
Services used: Dress & Attire