Jill and Shelly are awesome! We started looking for DOCs late in our planning. At that point we figured that we had spent all of this money to make the day great and we didn’t want it to be crazy for us or have something fall through the cracks because we couldn’t keep up. We also really didn’t want to set-up/decorate or tear down. And while we were looking Simplicity ran a drawing on their website and we WON! We got their base level DOC package for free! We added onto that package to get everything that we wanted and it was AWESOME! I literally didn’t have a care in the world on my wedding day and wasn’t worried about them AT ALL leading up to the wedding. I knew what tasks were Jill’s responsibilities and which were mine and I had no doubts in her. Jill and I met twice before the wedding and I shared with her every detail that I had in my head – she took notes and seemed very interested and engaged throughout the conversation. This gave me complete trust in her. I didn’t even see the room until the guests were in it – I had confidence that everything would be perfect. Jill also called my vendors in the days leading up to our wedding just to confirm but also to set up deliver times. (Linens have to arrive before cake and flowers. Don’t want cake there too early for it to melt. Etc.) This was an awesome stress saver. And they stayed until the wee hours of the morning packing our things up and even putting different items in different people’s cars. SO GREAT! I whole-heartedly recommend them and could go on and on but….that would be boring!
We were not very picky about cake, we just wanted something that tasted pretty good and we didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg. We stumbled upon Sorella’s and didn’t look back. They specialize in making butter cream look like fondant and this was perfect since we liked the taste/texture of butter cream but the look of fondant. The sisters who own Sorella’s gave us great money saving tips and spent plenty of time with us providing advice. Their delivery was perfect. The cake tasted great and was beautiful! We also get a small anniversary cake on our one-year anniversary.
I LOVE good wedding photos and can look at them online for HOURS – total time sucker! I already knew I liked Mishelle’s work before we met because I was on her blog site all the time. When we met for lunch I knew I wanted to work with her – she’s one of those people I’d be friends with outside of business. Not only did I love her work but I trusted her. I felt she was more professional than other photographers I had met with and I felt she could handle anything that came her way including herding our families and wedding party together for fast pictures – we didn’t have much time for posed photography. All of my friends and family say our pictures look like they came out of a magazine. I CANNOT wait to see the rest!
Aubri Graybeal from Pink Sky Photography (http://pinkskyphoto.com) was our second shooter, working for Mishelle, and she got some great images as well! Great team all around!
We signed our contract with Liz one month before our wedding. ONE MONTH. I felt her prices and designs were comparable to others but her personality and customer service were so over the top that I just wanted to do business with her. Part of that was that she offers a trial run in her packages and I thought this was SO great. No one else offered this and do you really want to see your flowers for the first time the day of your wedding? I also do not know very much about flowers and just gave Liz some direction but she picked out the specific flowers and of course the design. Everything turned out beautifully! Our guests took all of our flowers home at the end of the night. I provided her an inspiration picture of candles hanging from the gazebo and she made this all come together – and it was AWESOME! She had a variety of money saving tips for us – some of which meant we spent less with her. She was a wonderful vendor!
I knew I wanted a photo booth. DH thought I was crazy. In the end we both LOVED it! I priced out options and RtB was the most valuable option and had many great reviews on TK. I didn’t put much more work into this. I emailed to ask if our date was open and booked it. Mara was great! She responded to our emails quickly. She even reminded me about our monogram on our photo strip – I didn’t have to go to her. Her husband worked the booth the night of our wedding and honestly I didn’t have much interaction with him. But everything seemed to run smoothly and the booth was a HIT – to say the least. About a week later I received a disc with our images in the mail. This vendor was easy and well worth the money! One tip – make sure you get in there with your hubby. We didn’t get in by ourselves and TOTALLY regret it. I wish RtB would have kept an eye out for this as well.
DeVonna was our sales rep and I LOVED her. I didn’t carefully price shop this – I went with the recommendation of our wedding planner and we got her discount for going there. It seemed reasonable to me. The best part is that they have this great showroom and will set tables with all a variety of linens so you can see your options. DeVonna is very organized. She also let us return our own linens, which saved us some money. We changed our order a couple of times throughout the planning process and she was very helpful - never seemed impatient. She got in touch with me for final counts.
I REALLY liked this store. I liked the set up, felt comfortable there, a sales lady didn’t have to be in the changing room with you, they didn’t push anything on me. I actually found my dress in another store but ordered from I Do Too. I did price shop it and they had the best price – I paid all at once for the discount. Also their service was excellent. The day I was ordering, I was still struggling between two dresses. They volunteered the information that I could combine those two dresses and totally talked me through the process. My only complaint is that even though they measured my dress for my body it seemed MUCH larger than it should have been and I had to have a TON of alterations done. In hindsight, I should have addressed this with them but at the time I just didn’t have the energy.
I rate the reception/banquet side with five stars but the hotel with three stars - so I guess I'll even that out to four stars.
We LOVED the atrium in St. John’s. We LOVED our coordinator, Kathleen. These two things made our reception what it was and we wouldn’t do a thing differently here. We believed that the venue would set the tone for the reception and we wanted something nice but not snooty. And we wanted a traditional banquet reception but not a traditional square box room. The atrium filled that need. April was still considered off-season so we got a deal! The service was flawless at both the tasting and our reception – even some of our guests mentioned it. But the food was quite disappointing at the tasting and we were a bit concerned about it but it was EXCELLENT at our reception – received LOTS of compliments on that. The room is so unique that it really doesn’t take much decorating – it really stands on its own. If you are considering booking St. John’s ASK FOR KATHLEEN. She was our top vendor! She responds very quickly no matter what time or day of the week it is. She NEVER got annoyed with my 100 questions. She is incredibly organized and had everything written down and detailed. She would do anything in her power to make your event exactly what you want it. Our event was executed perfectly. If anything went wrong, I do not know what it was.
Now the hotel side is a different story. The people who worked there were nice enough but it felt like the service you would receive as a single night guest at any ol’ Marriott and based on Kathleen’s service, and the fact that we had booked 35 guest rooms and spent thousands of dollars on the reception side, we expected more. It felt that they had policies and they would do nothing to try to extend a better experience to us. When our guests called to make reservations a few complained of staff being short or being interrupted by business travelers. (Now I’m sure that’s where they make their money but there are usually two people at the counter. Or you could be more polite.) They also wouldn’t guarantee us a late check out until the morning of our check out day. What? Why? When we checked in on Friday that room wasn’t booked for Sunday. And we only wanted to stay until 1:00. Check in is 3:00. Why can’t you make this happen for us? The hotel side was a disappointment.
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