We got married in University City in April, had our reception at the History Museum.
Every single vendor I went with was chosen with care. As in most cases, my limitation was budget so I knew what my spend limit was for a particular item before I ever went into a meeting and made a point to be honest about this aspect with the vendor. I also made sure I was compatible with them on a personality level, I think that gets forgotton a lot. You are going to be in close contact with the folks representing these companies so make sure they feel like people you want to be spending a lot of time communicating with.
All of the vendors I chose, whether it be by luck or just good judge of quality, were a joy to work with. I never once second guessed their ability to make things happen on time and make them happen well.
It paid off and I could not have been happier.
I enjoyed every minute of working with Downtime Band. They were so helpful, quickly responded to emails, had de-stressing solutions and ideas, and the final product was as expected. Their performance at our reception was impeccable. Plus... their prices are great too! Really, I could not recommend them enough.
Erica from Sarah's designed our cake. I brought (and emailed) her a bunch of my sketches trying to get onto paper what was in my head and she turned it into a masterpiece. She was attentive, patient, and excited to help. When I saw our cake at the wedding I loved it. It also tasted really really really really good.
I worked with Rosalinda from Schnuck's and I have to say, she was a pleasure to interact with. She had great ideas and was incredibly helpful throughout the whole process. The flowers at the reception were everything I expected and guests, to this day, routinely comment on their quality and arrangement. We also came about 10% under budget!!! A nice bonus.
Awesome prices, great photos. Couldn't have happier with the final product. We also got a cd of all our pictures so no paying for expensive prints in order to get the pictures.
Ultimate Bride seemed a little disorganized (possibly understaffed?) at times, not calling when dresses were in or waiting several days to get around to placing a call. We were on a time crunch otherwise this might not have mattered but it became a sticking point. I was having to check up on the status daily so that I could inform my bridesmaids rather than waiting 2/3/4 days for UB to call them. It was annoying. But everyone did get their dresses in hand and altered in time it was just something I didn't feel I should have been dealing with.
The staff was always nice which made it hard to get irritated but still...
We all did love the Jim Hjelm bridesmaid dresses!!
I worked with Indra from the History Museum for my reception. She was the consumate professional and a joy to interact with. We emailed all the time and she really made my reception everything I had imagined and wanted. I know she worked her tail off behind the scenes and it paid off. My guests were plesead, I was stress free, everything was smooth and generally perfect.
Good prices, discounts on parking, great location. We chose this hotel becuase we wanted to offer our guests an affordable hotel in a central location and the Sheraton provided that. Not the Ritz but certainly good for the money and a prime location. Also, Pointer's Pizza delievers late night to them.
I grew up in this church so I'm biased but it is beautiful and traditional and I can't imagine having gotten married anywhere else.
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