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STEPHANIE AND KEITH'S WEDDING

May, 2010 in New York

"We had a place for the ceremony, but we needed a site for the reception. I'd checked out quite a few places and they either just weren't aesthetically pleasing, or we needed to guarantee numbers in order to book. That wasn't the case here. Downside is that you do have to get rentals, but they have some on-hand, which we were able to use and kept our rental costs low. The space itself is amazing. It can fit up to 299, but you can do so many things to make a smaller room if that's needed (we had about 100). The cocktail space was slick and modern in that NYC sort of way, and the ballroom left folks speechless. We got nothing but compliments on the space and the facilities were up to par. And, the money on the space goes to support homelessness - so you can have your party and be charitable at the same time. On site manager, Jonathan, always answered my emails and he went above and beyond to make sure I could get into the space when needed and that the day would run smoothly."

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Reception: The Prince George Ballroom

Vendors

Venues

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Beverages Vendor:

Tops Liquor

2812 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY, United States

"Just did a Google search to find kosher wines. I found a few in the area, but the drive just didn’t seem worth it. I stumbled onto Tops Liquor, conveniently located in Brooklyn and decided to contact. I supplied my of the wines and spirits I needed for the wedding and asked for a rough estimate. Jeff Cohen promptly responded and was kind enough to price out each item, and gave me a great price for my bulk purchase. They were out of the champagne but ordered it and it came within a few days. They also recommended a beer distributor just a few blocks away (Thrifty Liquors), so in one stop we were able to buy all our alcohol for the wedding. They have a great selection of kosher wines and also liquors that you can’t get at regular stores, if you keep kosher (ie. amaretto, etc.). I will go back for all my future kosher liquor needs."

Cakes/Candies Vendor:

World of Chantilly

4302 Farragut Road
Brooklyn, NY, United States

"World of Chantilly isn't your run-of-the-mill bakery - in fact, it's not a bakery at all but a warehouse where the output of cakes each year is phenomenal. Of course, I didn't know that ahead of time so I was disappointed not to have those cake tasting moments. But the final product was great - delicious, fluffy pareve cake (it's a kosher out fit). My only complaint is that although it looked okay and folks didn't know any better, having gone over the ribbon and outline of the cake layers, it wasn't what I wanted so I wasn't happy. In all, good value for the cost and I'd definitely order on a large scale from them again."

Caterer:

Main Event Caterers

38 West Forest Avenue
Englewood, NJ, United States

"Hubby and I keep kosher and while we can be somewhat flexible when we go out (eating only veggies), this wasn't going to do for our wedding. I contacted quite a few caterers and narrowed it down to a handful. After some positive reviews by brides I spoke to, I decided to go with Main Event. Although we didn't get to do a tasting, we weren’t disappointed - the food on the wedding day was spectacular. Many of our guests were non-Jews and aside from deli food, not familiar enough with how fancy kosher food can get. Our event didn't look much different than any other. The portions were hearty; the flavors just burst into your mouth. We received nothing but compliments on the food, the staff, and the set up (our venue only provided some pieces, so Main Event provided the linens and tables; the cutlery, plates, and glasses was included in the catering price). I highly recommend and would use Main Event again for a party or other catered affair."

Ceremony Musician:

Jennifer Girone

New York, NY, USA

"I just wish this part of the day could have lasted longer. I hired Jennifer, who is a cellist, for a trio and she and her fellow musicians were just great. We mixed classical, popular/modern, and Jewish pieces and it was wonderful; every piece sounded perfect and exactly as I had hoped/desired. I hope to be able to need music again in the future - I'd contract for the services again in a heartbeat."

Coordinator:

My Bridal Budget

New York, NY, USA

"I'm not one that likes to delegate; but having the ceremony and reception in two separate locations (Brooklyn and NYC respectively), I knew I needed some help and wanted to do it at a reasonable cost. Fouzia and her staff did not disappoint. She is very, very detailed oriented and made sure that we touched upon each and every portion of the day so that she and her staff knew what to do and where things should go. I was stressed because of family issues (ie. rsvps, other drama) and just worrying about everything/everyone running on time, etc., but she assured me everything would work out and it did. Her staff picked up all the items for both locations days before the wedding; they got everything set up exactly as I'd hoped, and the day of things ran smoothly and efficiently. She even kept on the charter bus driver, who was running late, and made sure all my guests got to the reception. Whether you need a full planner or DOC, and especially if your wedding involves multiple locations or a very large guest list, I'd highly recommend Fouzia and her staff at My Bridal Budget."

DJ:

popshop! djs - DJ - 144 N. 7th St #422, Brooklyn, NY, 11211, USA

Popshop dj squad

144 N. 7th St #422
Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
917.251.8553

"got nothing but compliments on the music. Colleen had a great mix of music for our crowd and we were pleased. She went above and beyond and her first and only priority was what we wanted in order for the guests to be happy. It just so happens in our case, our wedding served as more of a reunion than a reception/party, but those of us (including myself) danced as much as we could, when we didn't need a break to munch and drink. I'd definitely use her company's services again and highly recommend."

Decorations Vendor:

Mirror Image Studios - Decorations Vendor - P.O. Box 280, Lederach, PA, 19430, United States

Mirror Image Studio

P.O. Box 280
Lederach, PA 19430, United States
215-256-0518

"Mirror Image Studio was a great find; someone posted their sporty cake topper, which is what I was looking for, and after viewing the website, I was hooked. We were able to customize the look of the toppers, so everything from our skin tones to hair color looked very much like us. I was even able to personalize the look of the dress and tux, and add accessories. Love it and we got kudos for having something different. And the order was fulfilled and completed fairly quickly. I’d highly recommend."

Florist:

Flowers by Richard

316 W 53 street
New York, NY, United States

"One word - fabulous! I knew exactly what I wanted my flowers to look like. I went through several sites and really liked the samples of Richard's. I emailed him introducing myself, what I wanted, and sent him a few samples. We set up an appointment not too long after that and he knew exactly what I wanted. We met up one final time a few days before the wedding just to finalize matters and to get a sneak peak of the centerpieces. The day of... I was floored. Loved, loved my chuppah, how the entire sanctuary of our synagogue looked. And I was just as pleased went we went to the venue - the cocktail flowers were cute and he did an amazing job on the petals on the cake table, and setting up the centerpieces. I'd recommend Richard in a heartbeat; super nice, excellent skills, super flexible!"

Invitations Vendor:

EnvelopperInc

New York, NY, USA

"My invites was a diy project. I wanted a particular pocketfold size, and the few places that carried them were charging way too much. I got all my pocketfolds, as well as envelopes and corner trimmer. Shipping was free (order over $150), my order came in very quickly, and the final results of the invitations were exactly what we wanted."

Invitations Vendor:

Paper Presentation

23 West 18th Street
New York, NY, United States

"My invites were diy. I can be really lazy so I resisted going to the store, even though I live in the city. Finally made it there and there's so much more that's not on the website. Some things are a bit pricey, but they are a specialty shop focusing on a certain segment, so you are going to pay for that. I wouldn't get, say, a pen there when you can get the same one somewhere else for less, but ribbon, invites, etc., yes. It's a fun store and you can buy a lot of things and also have services done - I got paper cut which only cost me $2 per cut."

Jeweler:

Daniela Diamonds

24 West 47th Street
New York, NY, United States

"We wanted to go back to Philmar to get our wedding rings, however it, and many stores in the area, are closed on Sundays. We stopped into this one and it seemed okay. They had plain 14k white gold bands, which we wanted. The salesman had his calculator and did his thing to make it seem like we got a great deal - we weren't overcharged but I don't really feel like we got a super price/deal. Had it been up to me, I'd have gotten our rings for a lot less at Amazon, but hubby was okay paying to have them in hand and not have to worry about anything - so I guess we paid for comfort. All the jewelers use a person down the block to size up/down rings, so we got our rings resized on the spot (included in price). He was great and I'd go back with any jewelry issues in the future. In all, okay experience, nothing to write home about..."

Jeweler:

Philmar Jewelers

578 5th Avenue
New York, NY, United States

"This review is based on what my husband told me. He was referred to this place by his step-father. He checked it out, then also checked out other jewelers in the area, but came back here because he felt the guy was the most honest/trustworthy sort of everyone he spoke to. He knew what ring I wanted and worked with the salesman to put it together. He was shown a lot of good quality diamonds and got the setting hubby desired. The salesman even was able to save hubby some money on it, so it was a pretty good deal. The ring is amazing and I love it. Hubby and salesman really got the ring design down, and the price, compared to comparable rings we've seen elsewhere for comparable rings, it was a great deal."

Limo Company:

Express Bus Services

New York, NY, USA

"My personal feeling is that many companies want to charge more for weddings than should be the case. Be that as it may, I needed one way transport only, which was less than 40 minutes of work and while this was the best I could find that didn’t break the budget. After several confirmations and making a note that the driver needed to be on time the day of, and having a contract with both the pick-up and drop-off locations, the driver was late the day of - she got lost (hello, map out your trip ahead of time). She was also erratic on the roads and then she initially took my guests to the wrong spot. After chastising them for not having the exact info on hand, once provided, she instead left them on the bus as she went to speak to some random person on the street - who btw wasn't helpful. One of my guests, having had enough, took the reigns and told her what turns to take to get them to the destination. They were late but I'm happy they got there to enjoy a good portion of the cocktail hour, and did so in one piece. I did contact the company and a week later – nothing. Doesn't surprise me, they were paid and simply could care less that consumers now have to worry that they may or may not get someone to show up on time (especially if time is of the essence). This is why I have a problem with vendors that put the tip in the price, because she certainly would have gotten a small one (if she got any) after her incompetent service. Word to the wise - I'd skip Express Bus Services and pay a little more for competence and reliability."

Limo Company:

NY Exec Transportation

New York, NY, USA

"While I had a limo company in mind that I was going to use, I just couldn't wrap my head around the cost and I waited. Less than 3 weeks out, I needed a limo; I somehow didn't see the review for NY Exec here before but when I did, I thought I might be saved. Got a fairly fast response, great price, and contracted for my date. And the day of? Awesome! Limo was amazing - perfect condition, even bigger than we though for an 8 passenger, and our driver was amazing. Unlike horror stories, he was timely, he knew where he was going, and his driving was impeccable. He always opened and closed our doors (I've heard stories of drivers that don't), and he was just a very nice, polite guy. I'd recommend in a heartbeat and plan to keep their info on hand for any future need. The only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is that I was charged tax when I was told it was already included in the price."

Photographer:

Stellaview Studios

New York, NY, USA

"Bill Walsh, owner/proprietor, and I clicked right away when we spoke. He listened to what I wanted and had to say, made some suggestions and observations, and always discussed options with me so that we were always on the same page. On the day of, he did not disappoint. He made us feel super comfortable and there were many times we even forgot he was around (like all those kissing shots). He is super personable and made us laugh; my husband couldn't believe I found someone so cool. We got all our pre-ceremony done timely and he was very good at navigating the families during the formals (we, essentially, had three families to deal with). He definitely has the personality for shooting weddings – some photographers could learn a thing or two from him. And he was totally within budget; he was a great find - past brides spoke highly of him and I’m happy to do the same. I certainly will keep him on my list for any future events that I’d like shot. Only 4 stars now because still waiting for proofs that are a bit late - but he's certainly 5 stars in professionalism."

Tuxedo Vendor:

Eisenberg and Eisenberg

16 West 17th Street
New York, NY, United States

"I accompanied my Hubby to get his tuxedo. We placed an order for him and also picked out the color vest and tie for his best man (brother) who wasn’t yet state side from serving overseas. We were told to call the info in as soon as we could in order to get the vest and tie combo. We did so about 2 weeks later; it took awhile for him to find the receipt but he did and made the notation. DH called the day before the pick up to verify it would be at the store and initially, they didn’t have the order for his brother. DH didn’t know what to do but he was called back by the store a few minutes later and was told his BM's tux order was found. The day they tried it own, BM just needed his hem done and everything seemed like it went well (I wasn’t there). Turns out, DH’s vest was way to big for him; isn’t that the point of taking measurements? He found a way to pin the vest but didn’t want to take his jacket off all night, so I wasn’t very happy about that. I chose these place because of the reviews (on yelp); the price was good but I felt they were a bit unorganized with how they keep their records and I wasn’t happy that despite taking measurements, the vest just did not fit. We had a nice day so in that sense, it all worked out, but I’d probably try another place (though not Men’s Warehouse) if we ever need to rent a tux in the future."

Videographer:

Stardust Videos

New York City, NY, USA

"When I decided that I did in fact want to have our event taped, I did lots of searching and just didn’t see anything that suited my taste or budget. Every person I spoke to just didn't under how I wanted my day to be recorded and made it seem as if I didn't know what I was talking about. I finally asked my photographer (Bill Walsh, owner/proprietor of Stellaview Studios) for a few recommendations; he gave me three and Khach Turabian (owner/proprietor) by far was my favorite. I told him want I wanted and he sent me some samples and we were exactly on the same page. Plus, he has a good working relationship with my photographer, which I think having that rapport is a great thing. The day of they both worked seamlessly; and he didn’t have a bunch of bulky equipment like many do and he was able to get around and get footage without being in the way. I highly recommend Khach and very much looking forward to seeing the final product. 4 out of 5 only because I haven't gotten final product yet."

Wedding Day Beauty Vendor:

Go Glam Beauty - Wedding Day Beauty Vendor - New York, NY, 10039, United States

Go Glam Beauty

New York, NY 10039, United States
888-311-1371

"The day started a bit behind schedule; JoAnn was stuck in traffic - guess not everyone was out of the city for the long weekend. Fortunately, she got to me fairly quickly and we had factored in plenty of extra time so things worked out. She was efficient and because we had a trial before, she knew exactly how to get my hair going and do my make-up as we previously practiced. My MOH didn't have a trial, but I did send her photos and allowed my MOH to decide what colors she wanted. Being only 23, JoAnn incorporated a nice twist to the updo styles I was trying to achieve and my MOH loved it. And the make-up was clean and age appropriate. We made it all night looking great and got nothing but complements by everyone (and I do mean everyone). The value far exceeded anything I feel like I would have gotten from the usual make-up and hair folks that get press here and elsewhere, and big plus - JoAnn can do all hair types (I am Black, my MOH is biracial). I'd highly recommend and if I ever need an event do and/or make-up, she'll be my first choice."

Wedding Fashion Vendor:

Doris Fashions

6806 18th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, United States

"I purchased what I thought at the time would be my wedding dress (wedding was subsequently postponed and I got another). Being from and living in Brooklyn, I didn't want the hype of the big bridal shops and also thought the attention I could get and cost of would be occur is I stayed closer to home. Lana was a nice associate. I had emailed ahead of time to schedule an appointment and I indicated the type of dresses I was looking for and provided styles. She had a few dresses for me to try and I like the second one I put on. No high pressure sales, got a great deal. We also purchased my MOH's dress; she was super helpful in listening to what I wanted and giving us options that was close. MOH's dress looked great and the price was excellent. I found out later a friend also got her dress there as well; definitely would recommend."

Wedding Fashion Vendor:

Manhattan Bridal USA

New York, NY, USA

"The dress that I got married in was purchased here. Because I already had a Maggie Sottero dress (dress purhased a Sottero Midgley), I already knew the size to order. It did have a sample on hand to show me, so that was enough for me to purchase without trying on. I went after work to purchase and picked up early on a Sunday morning. I mention that because a few brides have complained of customer service; if you go when it's super busy, it's obviously tougher than when you go and the store is calm. It was pretty much a cash and carry transaction, but the dress came in on time without any issues and that's all I needed."

Wedding Fashion Vendor:

The Wedding Dresser

New York, NY, USA

"My husband couldn't believe how I looked in my dress. Susan Ruddie did such an amazing job. There was a lot of lace appliqué on the hem that had to be tended to in order to raise the line; you couldn't even tell it was sewn back wonderfully. I also needed to have some kind of jacket or sleeves, as modesty was a factor for the ceremony. Susan created and designed the perfect top that seamlessly fit with my sleeveless dress and then easily could be taken off to allow me to have fun at the reception. And so many brides also want a lovely bustle; mine was great in that it not only kept the dress off the ground and didn't fall or come apart once (like some others), it was done in such a lovely way that you could still see the lace at the back of the dress. I got nothing but compliments on my dress and her hard work showed. It's definitely not cheap, but it’s comparable to bridal salons except with much more flexibility – and you do in fact get what you pay for. Plus, she does house calls - which was great so I never had to worry about dragging around my dress to get done."

Wedding Fashion Vendor:

Occansey Designs

New York City, NY, USA

"I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars for something I'd only use once, however, I also wanted to look good. Saw a bride review on a post and decided to check it out and glad I did. I emailed a few times to ask questions and my emails were promptly answered. My drop veil was exactly what I wanted - simple yet elegant - and looked as good if not better than the expensive veils you'd get suckered into buying at the bridal store, and it was super budget friendly. Big plus, it came in the mail super fast."

Reception:

The Prince George Ballroom

15 East 27th Street
New York, New York 10010

Hotel:

Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel

228 Duffield Street
Brooklyn, NY, United States

"My MOH and I needed a place to stay the night before and would look nice enough to get ready the day of. This is a relatively new hotel. It’s small, but quaint and centrally located (close to Bklyn Heights, DUMBO, NYC). The room itself, which was two doubles, was small but cozy. Nice flat screen TV, beds were super comfy, and the room was nice for some good photos. Room service is pricey though, but there is a McDonalds and Burger King, as well as an IHOP, near by for take-out or eat-in service."

Hotel:

Park South Hotel

122 E 28th St
New York, New York, United States

"We didn’t do bulk rooms because we didn’t have enough out-of-town guests, but my friend found this gem and I passed it along for those that wanted a place to stay. It was conveniently located just four walking blocks from our reception site. I did have a chance to visit and it’s in a great location, subways for either the east or west side are within walking distance. No trouble trying to get a cab. The lobby is small but quaint and there is a bar. And the rooms were nice as well. I was glad some friends were able to take advantage – I’d recommend booking through hotels.com, as they offered a better deal than the hotel."

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