Jun 06, 2009
Just Chic Events
I can't rave enough about Paola!! Hiring her as DOC was hands down the BEST decision DH and I made during our wedding planning. I was a pretty detail-oriented, hands-on bride, but I knew that I didn't want to stress about anything on the big day. Our venue had the option of using one of their coordinators, which we originally went with, but after our venue coordinator left (and nobody told us!) I decided to bring in an outside coordinator who would have our best interests at heart. I actually booked her without meeting her beforehand, due to the massive rave reviews from another PW bride (MrsGG) whose wedding was absolutely stunning! When I finally met her in person, she was just as warm and welcoming as she was in her emails. From the moment I booked her, Paola was infinitely helpful in answering all of my questions and making an extensive timeline to make sure I was on track in my planning. She also responds to all correspondence super-quick, which is rare in wedding vendors. Although we only booked her for day-of coordination, she did so much more than that! I found my remaining vendors through her references (cake, makeup, alterations) and ALL of the vendors were fantastic. Also thanks to her, I never stressed out about anything during our wedding planning, and even during the last few days right up until our wedding, I was completely relaxed (and how often can you really say that?!) Another thing I found incredibly comforting is her attitude - no matter what happens, she is calm and composed, which is a WONDERFUL quality in a wedding coordinator. On the day of, she and her assistant were everywhere at once - I never had to worry about a thing! She has an amazing attention to detail, so absolutely nothing escaped her notice. Our day was absolutely perfect, seamless, and stress-free.. it was like a dream come true. If you're on the fence about hiring a DOC, trust me - it will be the best money spent! :D :D
Services used: Wedding Planning
Yay! My experience at Ann Taylor was AWESOME! Vesna (at the Westside Pavilion location) spent nearly an hour tracking down all the sizes I needed for my bridesmaids. She called five different Ann Taylors, having them do stock checks and having them put them on hold for me. She also placed an order from another store which wasn't local and had a dress shipped directly to me for no extra charge. I also opened an Ann Taylor card that day, which gave me 10% off all day, so I was able to get a discount on everything! I can't recommend them enough, both for the quality of their dresses and the great customer service they offer. I ended up visiting four different Ann Taylors to collect the dresses, and every single employee I interacted with was extremely helpful and professional.
Services used: Dress & Attire
We were actually initially referred to Luvbug Films by our photographers, which is Elysium's sister company. Luvbug was more affordable, but we weren't as impressed with their demos. We were blown away by Elysium, so we decided to dedicate more of the budget to videography than previously planned (we booked their most modest package - their art studio work is AMAZING but waaaaay out of our budget). When we first contacted Elysium, Julie and Alex were fantastic - very friendly, professional, and quick with communication. We were very impressed by their studio and presentation and booked them fairly quickly. After that, communication did drop off when I tried to email them a question, and my coordinator (another reason to hire a DOC!) actually had to get involved to get us reconnected. Once Julie got back in touch, she seemed genuinely sorry and was prompt with communication after that - I'm not sure what caused the initial hiccup, but I must say that everything went very smoothly on the day-of and thereafter. We just received our DVD, so their turnaround time was pretty much exactly 3 months after our wedding date. We were very pleased with their work - it's genuinely cinematic, and Julie and her assistant did a wonderful job of capturing all the details from the wedding. They also did a really great job of using all of our music selections, which I thought were very odd, but they pulled it all together quite nicely!
Services used: Videography
City of Commerce Flowers
We just met with Eddie yesterday, for our consultation. I liked him immediately - he is genuinely friendly, and clearly loves his work. He was organized and patient, and spent well over an hour with us, just chatting about our wedding. I'm sure he's done it hundreds of times but he never seemed bored or impatient. It was fun to tell him all about my "vision" and he seemed to understand everything right away. He also drew pictures of my ideas which was really cool to watch, and that just enforced to me that he really understood what I wanted. The quote we received was extremely reasonable - less than I thought - and he never made us feel bad about having to stick to a budget. He even gave us tips on how we could save money. Such a nice guy - after meeting him, I can't imagine going elsewhere. AND (since yesterday was the final game between Lakers/Celtics), he even turned on the game for FI to watch on a mini TV he had set up next to our table! FI absolutely LOVED that! hehe. I'll update after our follow-up meeting (where he shows us a mockup of our centerpiece and a BM bouquet), but I'm 99% sure we'll book them. UPDATE (7/14/08) - We just booked Eddie today. I was a little disappointed that he forgot to make our mockup of the bridesmaid bouquet, but the pomander ball he made for our centerpieces was really cute. I think he could tell I was a little sad, so he tried really hard to make me feel better and promised to make a mockup closer to our wedding date, when ranunculus comes into season. I'm still confident that Eddie will do a great job on our wedding day. I'll update again after the wedding! Update (7/4/09) - Our flowers on our wedding day were beautiful! At our final meeting before the wedding, Eddie was really helpful with figuring out the final touches for our arrangements and extra decorations. When I saw everything on our wedding day, it all looked really nice and he'd followed our requests exactly. Our personal flowers especially were beautiful - I LOVED my bouquet, it looked amazing. The only thing I was not 100% happy with were the hardiness of the pomanders - they looked lovely during our ceremony, but I noticed during the reception, it looked like some of the flowers had fallen out of a couple of them them and they looked a little bare. Other than that, though, everything turned out beautifully. They are also so reasonably priced!
Services used: Flowers
We were referred to Reverend Schneider by FI's best friend. We met with him and he was so nice and personable to chat with - he even remembered FI's best friend's wedding! His rates are very reasonable and he is extremely flexible with the ceremony - we wanted a non-denominational ceremony, so he is perfect for us. I'll update this after the wedding. Update (7/4/09) - We were very pleased with Reverend Bob! He is so nice and laid-back, and our ceremony went exactly as planned. I would highly recommend him!
Services used: Officiant