my wonderful wedding day has now come and gone, I’d like to share the details of the wonderful vendors that made the day perfect. The day ran smoothly and according to my plan thanks to the hard work of these amazing teams. I would recommend each and every one of them to anyone who is planning their own wedding.
• Limo: Elite Limousine
The limo service was great; our driver Eric was very professional and flexible. Pricing was reasonable and the company was very accommodating when we made changes to our timeline. We also made some day of adjustments due to weather and our driver was great. The limo was on time for every part of the day and was clean and very attractive. We got some great photos of the wedding party in the limo. Highly Recommend!
• Photographer: John Heil
John is an amazing photographer. Although we have not seen our wedding photos yet, our engagement session photos are so beautiful. John put together a slideshow that made our parents tear up and a one of a kind guestbook for our wedding day. He also provided a large print of our favourite photo to display at the wedding. John is very patient and provides excellent guidance on posing and where to look. He made us feel very comfortable and worked like crazy in the time he had. He made us look much better than we do in real life! Highly Recommend!
• Videographer: Firecanvas Productions
Shane did a great job with the ceremony video. We are looking forward to seeing the rest of his work. Shane was very professional and we hardly noticed him although he spent a lot of time filming. He worked very well with our photographer and was respectful of our guests. Highly Recommend!
• Décor/Day of Co-ordination: Absolute Events & Rentals Vancouver
Carmelle and her team did a fabulous job with the décor and her rates were very reasonable in comparison to some of the big companies out there. The quality of the linens and chair covers was impeccable and she did a great job putting the tables/head table/guest book table and gift table together. Her selection was great and she even ordered extra flowers for the cake. Carmelle also did my day of co-ordination, one of the best investments I could have made for the day. She made sure all the vendors knew where to go and kept the catering and MC on schedule. She looked after moving tables and even ran out to get ice when the bartenders ran out. I did not have to worry or stress about anything for the entire evening, nor did I have to ask a friend or relative to ‘work’ during the reception. Highly recommend!
• Catering: The Dutchman’s Caterers Ltd.
The food at our wedding is still being complimented! The Dutchman’s did a great job and everyone seemed to really enjoy the buffet. The team was professional and went unnoticed while clearing dishes. My contact Tina was great to work with and went above and beyond helping me work out my timeline and answering my many questions. The cost is very reasonable compared to many Vancouver catering companies, they are based out of Langley and do charge $250 to come into Vancouver (well worth it). The Dutchman’s has been doing catering for weddings for many years and their experience shows. They know most venues in the lower mainland and were very easy to work with. They do book up fast though! Highly recommend!
• Make-Up: Kelsey Dickson
Kelsey did a fabulous job with my wedding day make up, my bridesmaid’s make up, the mother of the bride and mother of the groom’s make up. She was very easy to work with and always made sure I was comfortable with what we were doing. She had a number of age groups and skin types and adapted to each of them perfectly. She was flexible with location and time and actually ended up at two locations to get everyone done. She knows what is required for photographs and to look naturally beautiful on your wedding day. Highly Recommend!
• Cake: Cakelicious
Heidi at Cakelicious provided a beautiful three tier cake for my wedding. I had chocolate with raspberry cream and caramel vanilla flavours, both were amazing! Her prices are very reasonable and the quality is not compromised. She was very professional to work with and worked me into her already busy schedule. I can’t wait to see my photos with the cake! Highly Recommend!
• Bartenders: VIP Bartending and Event Planning
The two bartenders that worked at our wedding were great; they poured proper drinks and made sure everyone had a great time without going too far. They did cut people off when they felt the guests had consumed enough. They rented a portable bar and set it up in the venue (we paid for the rental) and brought ice with them. They were professional and friendly. The contact, Dave was very easy to work with; he provided signature drink ideas and answered my many questions. Highly Recommend!
• DJ: First Class DJ Service
Jay Juco was the best DJ! He kept the dance floor packed until the lights came on and played music that appealed to everyone. He was great to work with leading up to the wedding, was very organized and made suggestions to ensure the night went smoothly. We used his projector for our slide show and his wireless microphone, both top quality and made the night that much better. He communicated all night with the MC and coordinator to ensure everything was working according to plan. Other than our first dance selected songs we asked him to read the crowd and play what he thought was best, this worked out great! Highly Recommend!
• Venue: VanDusen Botanical Garden – Floral Hall
The location is amazing and the rental rates for Vancouver are very reasonable. You are required to set up and take down the tables yourself and you have to rent the night before if you don’t want to set up in the morning. The hall is set to be torn down in September when the new visitor center is opens. Unfortunately, the venue we booked a year in advance looked very different on the outside because of this. The lawn had been dug up and there was blue fencing surrounding most of the building. For the event they did move the porta-potty and reduce the amount of blue fencing. The venue still worked out great and we had an amazing time. It is hard to find a reasonably priced venue in Vancouver, so I would still recommend the new hall in the visitor center when it is completed.
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