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JEN & DEN'S WEDDING

September, 2010 in Hobe Sound

"Our wedding was simply amazing! Getting married on the beach in Hobe Sound, FL was really fun, and it was cool to have our toes in the sand. September was a great time of the year, the day before, it was very windy, but the weather was perfect on our day. Wedding Mapper was a great resource to share with our guests. We'd highly recommend using it!"

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Ceremony: CEREMONY - Hobe Sound Public Beach
Reception: Crystal Reception Hall

Cakes/Candies Vendor:

A Piece of Cake by Elena

7556 SW Jack James Dr
Stuart, FL, United States

"We met with Elena once and we loved her. She was so sweet and her cakes were delicious too! We ended up ordering from her that day because I had been checking prices and had tasted Publix cakes, and no one compared to her cakes! The actual cake was ABSOLUTLEY DELICIOUS!!!! & So Beautiful! What more can you ask for? We ordered a smaller 3 tiered Marbled cake with 1 tier with a White Chocolate Godiva Liquor Fudge filling, 1 with a strawberry filling and 1 with buttercream filling. Raves about the cake for WEEKS afterwards. Elena is a SWEETHEART and a professional. She was so kind, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER! $325 for 3 tier - cake for 75 people including a local delivery."

Caterer:

Crystal Reception Hall

4195 SW High Meadows Ave
Palm City, FL, United States

"UPDATE: Pending Formal Complaint - It has been over 6 months and I have not recieved my security deposit back. I REFUSE to reccomend Crystal Reception Hall. My actual wedding was a fairytale, but dealing with this vendor was a nightmare! He has 2 locations one in Palm City and one in Downtown Stuart, and I would not recommend either one after having to deal with him for the past 10 months. He is currently withholding my $500 Refundable Security Deposit because 2 linens had melted wax on them and are damaged. Fine, just tell me how much... but he will not. It takes about month for a "report". My review given on The Knot message boards on 9.27.10 I’m breaking this down into 2 parts, the actual place and the service Reception Location – C+ o The hall was beautiful. But for decor, I have no doubt that 95% of that is owed to Natalie and Rosemery! He provided tables, chairs, linens, dishes, sound system, lighting, ceiling sheers, chandelier, dance floor, Eiffel tower center pieces, bus boys and a bartender… I think that’s about it, but believe me, I paid for it. o The fountains out front are disgusting; they have mold/mildew in them and cigarette butts floating in them. o The flat screen tv’s that we were told would be there, were not installed (or possibly even purchased-he kept saying he was "too busy") in time for our reception. This was a big part of why we chose the location, as DH is a HUGE Yankee Fan and they were playing Boston the night of our wedding! o The bathroom doors wouldn’t shut fully, (they just had hook and latch locks) and I could see people peeing and people could see ME! Seriously? Customer Service – F- (pending how he handles returning my $500 security deposit) You all know the issues I have had here, so I won’t re-hash them. Just sum them up…... · Terrible communication o Had to hound him to follow up on quotes I had asked him for § RD – Originally quoted $60 for labor… then received completely different price. § Price difference to cut alcohol – apparently it was $100 less for 3 hours alcohol for 75 people. § Charged full price for CHILDREN – Including alcohol… Think they even served the table of 15-18 year olds. § Was rude to me about “cancelling” the RD… (Because he could have booked another wedding…) when he told me one price then finally sent a quote WEEKS later that was NOT what we discussed… He could have told me why it wasn’t the $60 he told me… o RD space was INCLUDED in my package anyway (so even if I didn’t use it, he shouldn’t have been planning on using the hall the night before anyway.)o Rude about seating arrangements, didn’t provide 75 seats even though I was charged for 75 people, and said it was MY fault. · Broken Promises/Unfulfilled Commitments o 2 Flat Screen TV’s – Not Installed (possibly not even purchased) - Yet was still promising it to other clients in June. o Told us that he was having a group tasting on 7/18 and we would taste all the food then. He never followed through and never bothered to tell us he was cancelling the tasting.o Said he would deduct money for the food portion for my convenience since he was unable to provide a tasting. Said, no one has ever gotten sick off his food. Like THAT is comforting. o Cake Cutting – He Specifically told me they do not charge a cake cutting fee… and he never provided cakes, so to tell us at 8:45 that he was not cutting the cake was a huge surprise. (Again… Huge Thanks to Natalie & Rosemery for saving the day gracefully)o I’m sure there was more but that’s all I can think of for now. · Lots of unpleasant surprises Final Damage - $3207 (I think – That includes the $500 Refundable Security Deposit which I haven’t gotten back yet)"

DJ:

A Sensory Sound System

Lake Jackson, TX, USA

"SCAM ARTIST - Turns out this company has gone "out of business" yet is still accepting customers and taking their money. They don't return phone calls or requests for contact via their website. Previous Entry: DJ Services - I have booked them, and had great customer service so far. Was worried because I heard some bad things, but that was about a DJ in New Jersey. Dave was very willing to discuss the issue and the have a money back guarantee."

DJ:

Kenny Mondo Productions

4047 Okeechobee Blvd. #112
West Palm Beach, FL, United States

"actually told Roy at the end of the night... "Can you please suck... just a little bit? I want to sit down... I'm having too much fun!" He was AMAZING! Other than dinner... I don't think I sat down for more than a minute or two at a time all evening and I know I danced in my heels until 10:00 because I didn't stop dancing long enough to take them off! LOVE HIM! $500 for 4 hours (with the halls equipment - Booked last minute)"

Photographer:

Kristen Wynn Photography - Photographer - Palm Bay, Florida

Kristen Wynn Photography

Palm Bay, Florida

"Kristen was absolutely AMAZING! She has been fantastic with communication from DAY 1!!! My photo's surpassed my expectations in every way. I am a HUGE KWP fan now and think I always will be! Kristen is warm and bubbly and SO VERY EASY to work with. She was so friendly, I felt like I had known her all my life and to tell the truth, I even miss her now that she isn't here! She showed up early, brought an assistant (her hubby, since her normal assistant is 8 mo preggo!) even though she didn't charge me for an assistant... They got started even though I was late... She was amazingly affordable (all rights to my 900+ pictures on a disk and she was there ALL day!) and she has an amazing payment policy which helps struggling brides like me… You pay half down to secure your date, and the balance 2 weeks later to receive your pictures! How awesome is that!!! Every time I thought, “I want to take a picture of me and this person…” like magic, there she was! I never had to look for her or ask her to take anything! My photo's are all awesome! She is on FaceBook, so if you haven’t friended her already, do so!!! www.facebook.com/KristenWynnPhotography"

Ceremony:

CEREMONY - Hobe Sound Public Beach - Ceremony - 1 South Beach Rd, Hobe Sound, FL, 33455

CEREMONY - Hobe Sound Public Beach

1 South Beach Rd
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

"The actual beach was beautiful, but there was no privacy and I have a lot of pictures with random strangers in it."

Reception:

Crystal Reception Hall

4195 Southwest High Meadow Avenue
Palm City, FL 34990, United States

"UPDATE: Pending Formal Complaint - It has been over a month and I have not recieved my security deposit back. I REFUSE to reccomend Crystal Reception Hall. My actual wedding was a fairytale, but dealing with this vendor was a nightmare! He has 2 locations one in Palm City and one in Downtown Stuart, and I would not recommend either one after having to deal with him for the past 10 months. He is currently withholding my $500 Refundable Security Deposit because 2 linens had melted wax on them and are damaged. Fine, just tell me how much... but he will not. It takes about month for a "report". My review given on The Knot message boards on 9.27.10 I’m breaking this down into 2 parts, the actual place and the service Reception Location – C+ o The hall was beautiful. But for decor, I have no doubt that 95% of that is owed to Natalie and Rosemery! He provided tables, chairs, linens, dishes, sound system, lighting, ceiling sheers, chandelier, dance floor, Eiffel tower center pieces, bus boys and a bartender… I think that’s about it, but believe me, I paid for it. o The fountains out front are disgusting; they have mold/mildew in them and cigarette butts floating in them. o The flat screen tv’s that we were told would be there, were not installed (or possibly even purchased-he kept saying he was "too busy") in time for our reception. This was a big part of why we chose the location, as DH is a HUGE Yankee Fan and they were playing Boston the night of our wedding! o The bathroom doors wouldn’t shut fully, (they just had hook and latch locks) and I could see people peeing and people could see ME! Seriously? Customer Service – F- (pending how he handles returning my $500 security deposit) You all know the issues I have had here, so I won’t re-hash them. Just sum them up…... · Terrible communication o Had to hound him to follow up on quotes I had asked him for § RD – Originally quoted $60 for labor… then received completely different price. § Price difference to cut alcohol – apparently it was $100 less for 3 hours alcohol for 75 people. § Charged full price for CHILDREN – Including alcohol… Think they even served the table of 15-18 year olds. § Was rude to me about “cancelling” the RD… (Because he could have booked another wedding…) when he told me one price then finally sent a quote WEEKS later that was NOT what we discussed… He could have told me why it wasn’t the $60 he told me… o RD space was INCLUDED in my package anyway (so even if I didn’t use it, he shouldn’t have been planning on using the hall the night before anyway.)o Rude about seating arrangements, didn’t provide 75 seats even though I was charged for 75 people, and said it was MY fault. · Broken Promises/Unfulfilled Commitments o 2 Flat Screen TV’s – Not Installed (possibly not even purchased) - Yet was still promising it to other clients in June. o Told us that he was having a group tasting on 7/18 and we would taste all the food then. He never followed through and never bothered to tell us he was cancelling the tasting.o Said he would deduct money for the food portion for my convenience since he was unable to provide a tasting. Said, no one has ever gotten sick off his food. Like THAT is comforting. o Cake Cutting – He Specifically told me they do not charge a cake cutting fee… and he never provided cakes, so to tell us at 8:45 that he was not cutting the cake was a huge surprise. (Again… Huge Thanks to Natalie & Rosemery for saving the day gracefully)o I’m sure there was more but that’s all I can think of for now. · Lots of unpleasant surprises Final Damage - $3207 (I think – That includes the $500 Refundable Security Deposit which I haven’t gotten back yet)"

Hotel:

Clarion Inn - Formerly the Ramada Inn

1200 Southeast Federal Highway
Stuart, FL, United States

"We didn't end up using this hotel."

Hotel:

Courtyard Marriott Stuart - PREFFERED - Hotel - 7615 SW Lost River Road, Stuart, FL, United States

Courtyard Marriott Stuart - PREFFERED

7615 SW Lost River Road
Stuart, FL, United States

"The people at the courtyard were great! Super friendly and very willing to accommodate us! When I needed a last minute place to have my RD… they allowed us to have ours outside in their patio area by the pool for free. It was beautiful and everyone had a great time!"

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