We put a lot of work into our wedding to make it perfect. The ceremony and reception were in a field near our house on my family property in the country, on a dirt road. The rehearsal dinner was given by my husband's parents at the house; set up on the lawn with lights strung around the yard and beautiful flowers and ferns all around. The food was all homemade, and my husband's mom made our cake as well! At our ceremony, we were in a beautiful setting in front of pine trees. We had homemade cookies and lemonade for guests before the ceremony. A pig was roasting since that morning (and the smells were tantalizing!). We had a huge tent set up for all the guest tables and the live bluegrass band to be under. My husband brewed 4 kegs of different beers for the event. And our food was EXCELLENT. The reception was so much fun! My brother build a unique fire pit and stacked logs so that there was a fire by dark, and s'mores were roasted. It was a lot of work to have our wedding ceremony and reception in this off-the-beaten path location, but so worth it!
The String Band's delivery is FANTASTIC!! But they made us nervous leading up the event, as it was incredibly difficult to connect via telephone or email. We wondered if things really were set, which is not a good feeling to have shortly before a big event like a wedding!
This band completely has it all under control, but their main performances are not weddings, so they're not in tune with the business of being in touch or dealing with brides in the traditional sense. They do more festivals and restaurants and bars. We're pretty relaxed, so it all ended up working out. I think as they're getting more popular in this area, they're figuring all of this out as well. The band is not necessarily going to emcee your event, but they allowed us to use their microphones for announcements like the first dance, the father/daughter and mother/son dances, the buffet line-up, and the cake cutting. We also used their systems for toasts/speeches. It did take time away from their music, but they were okay with it.
The String Band plays knee-slapping, foot-stomping fantastic bluegrass, and does not need any musical direction! You don't have to worry about them, just let them do their thing. The main singer plays guitar, and he learned our wedding song and did a gorgeous acoustic rendition! They also employ a banjo, upright bass, and other kinds of guitars. We had a woman playing the violin and singing back-up, too, but I don't think she's a regular.
The reason we wanted to contact them ahead of time was to know how much power they needed, as we had to rent generators for our location in a field (near our home, but no power). They did finally get back to us after a few weeks with their power needs. However, at the actual event they needed more than we were told, and luckily we were able to supply it to them with smaller generators we had rented for back-up. This was the only "con."
Guests loved the music, even those who are not bluegrass fans. People were on the dance floor just about all night, and no one wanted The String Band to stop! Like I said, even people who listen primarily to popular music, or music that is the opposite to bluegrass really enjoyed the sound. We had great feedback, and they provided an upbeat atmosphere, with so much more energy than recorded music!!
A GREAT experience!! After doing some research, I chose to use Montrose Produce in order to support a local business that gets their flowers somewhat locally. Their supplier grows flowers in Bloomsburg, PA, which is more appealing to me than to order through a florist that goes online or gets exotic flowers from halfway around the world where a lot of effort goes into the travel and gas.
I worked with one woman at Montrose Produce who was receptive to my ideas, eager to see my photos, and flexible when I changed things even when it was getting pretty close to our wedding. As locals, they knew how and where to deliver the flowers to our off-the-beaten-path location.
We wanted a rustic, freshly picked, and sort of wildflower theme. I bought burlap that was tied around my bouquet handle, the 5 bridesmaids' bouquet handles, and the 5 groomsmen's boutonnieres and 2 dads' boutonnieres. Our contact was happy to utilize the burlap. She also helped me to cut the price down by using potted mums for centerpieces rather than 25 individually-made arrangements. We also had 5 wrist corsages for our mothers and grandmothers, a small bouquet for the flower girl and real petals for her basket, loose flowers to be arranged by our cake maker for the tops of the cakes, and a beautiful hand-done fancy arrangement for the center of the head table.
Flowers and greens of choice in a light orange, red and yellow color scheme were Asiatic lilies, dahlias, Billy buttons (craspedia), hypernicum berries, dark purple astilbe for spray, and round eucalyptus leaves to trail. The lilies did not dry well, but the dahlias, Billy buttons and berries dried well. You're really able to choose from many flowers, and they can check what is in season, if you're conscious of that. They have a variety of ways to put bouquets together, and many ribbons to choose from as well.
We were glad to have the potted mums on the tables because guests could take them home. And we still have many of them alive and well, as opposed to an arrangement that would promptly die following the wedding. The woman at Montrose Produce and I worked together on the basket choice to cover the pot, and I was really happy with those results. To be completely honest, I did not notice the mums being better or worse than any other floral centerpiece choice we could have made. Those details that seem like they'll be SO important are really not the focus on your wedding day!
Our wedding and reception were set up in a field near my family home, which is on a dirt road and about 20 minutes away from Interstate 81. Not quite in the boonies, but not the most convenient place for a wedding, either. The field was up a steep hill for which 4-wheel-drive was helpful for all of our vendors (Floyd's, main caterer, pig roaster, florist, officiant, band, guitarist for ceremony, and bathroom rental service).
We had a big rental order from Floyd's: 2 tents (one with sides), hanging lights for inside the 40x80' tent, string lights for inside the large tent, a 16x20' dance floor, tables, 200 chairs, a standing light, and a few other items.
PROS: Floyd's price-matched another company on the chairs, items were set up and taken down effectively by a team of 5-6 guys, and many of our rental items came from the same place, which was more convenient for us to not have to meet multiple rental companies. All items were in reasonably good shape (tables never look good until they have linens on them). The 3 hanging lights were plastic, but looked much fancier and provided adequate light for the tent, along with the string lights and candles on tables.
CONS: They do not set up or take down tables and chairs. There is a charge incurred if they have to take them down at pick-up. There was a HUGE lack of communication between the set-up/take-down team and our telephone contact at Floyd's (the higher up, their boss). I was very clear and honest about our location and state of the area as it was a few days after Hurricane Irene came through (many neighbors still did not have power!). The road up to our field was wet and 4wd was necessary. The guys came for delivery/set-up in box trucks and said they were not told any details about our location or that 4wd would have been necessary. When called by their employees, Floyd's said on the phone that we had to figure it all out, so I called a neighbor with a tractor, who towed the box trucks up the hill to the field. We bought the group pizzas for dinner to thank them for their time and effort.
During our reception, all items worked well and everything looked beautiful.
Pick-up of the items was worse yet, as the company was not able to give us an exact time or day that they would be coming. But I was told by Floyd's that I needed to have a team of people and tractors ready to help. So I had neighbors "on call," my parents spent a few days here to help, and my new husband left work early. The tractor could not get the trucks back up to the field, as it had been raining for a few days straight, and rental items were loaded onto a hay wagon and brought down one load at a time. In trying to help with the take-down, the team of guys said there's no way we really should be helping because of insurance purposes, that we would not be covered by their company if any accident occurred.
My contact at Floyd's tried to blame each situation on my lack of communication, however I believe they have an attitude that they can make anything work, and just make the delivery guys figure it out. That attitude can be good, but wasn't in this case. Most of the employees working on the set-up/take-down team spoke negatively about their bosses, which is a big indicator to me. I was told by my contact that their company is "so far in the hole" on my order, but I do not believe that.
All was figured out, but the relationship with my contact with Floyd's was very negatively affected, and we left it that we would not want to deal with one another again.
In looking back, perhaps if our location was easier to get to, or if the weather had been better, there may not have been any problems. But in having a non-traditional venue, it seems that we saw another side to Floyd's that I would not recommend to anyone having a similar wedding reception. It was nice to have the rental items from one place, but in comparing their attitude to vendors like Taylor Rental in Montrose, PA, or Suburban Septic in Kirkwood, NY (for portable toilets), I would not recommend Floyd's Rent All.
This company is 100% professional and took care of EVERYTHING food-related for our wedding day!!! The food was excellent, they did not complain about our somewhat hard-to-reach location; up a steep hill, in a field. All food was made on-location with fresh, local ingredients. And their presentation is outstanding.
We tasted many items at our initial meeting (before we even booked them) at their Tunkhannock, PA, location, and the tasting was like a 5-course meal! Once booked, we were in touch leading up to the event, but they did not bother us with EVERY little decision, which we appreciated. They suggested many hot, passed appetizers (6, I think), which we did NOT end up going with. Having 2 cold appetizers was just fine for our guests, and was a good way for us to cut costs. We had their crudite platter and fruit kabobs; both delicious.
This company needed our final count only the week before our event. We asked for a few services to be added the week before and that was no problem. Although at the higher end of our price range for our catering budget; WORTH every penny!! Many guests have commented on how wonderful the food was, better than the usual "wedding food!"
We had Pecos Bill provide a roasted pig for our wedding reception. He is known as a local barbeque guru, and we'd had his bbq chicken before this. The roasted pork was EXCELLENT! And we had leftovers to freeze. We had 140 people to feed, and got a pig with a dressed weight of 185 pounds.
We set up the date/commitment with Bill sometime in January or February for our September wedding. I don't think he is the kind of guy who usually plans this far ahead in advance...but would contact us as needed. He is best reached by phone, and what you see/hear is what you get! He's a little rough around the edges, but a good guy who knows his barbeque.
Bill was there to set up the roaster the day before our wedding and reception. He also picked up the pig from us that we got because we wanted a free-range pig that had no growth hormones (a "happy" pig- got it from The Kuhn Family Farm in Troy/Columbia Crossroads, PA). I'm sure Bill could get a pig locally so the client wouldn't have to worry about that.
The pig roasted on charcoal from around 2 AM until 7 PM- about 15 hours. Bill cut it all up, put sauce on half, and gave it to our other caterer, who presented it in the tent. Our guests were crazy for it! We set up the rest of the menu to be a dressed-up version of picnic food. We had a red, white and blue potato salad, asparagus salad, tomato with mozzarella and basil, and a delicious pasta salad. All of our food was made fresh right there on site, and I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! I would definitely recommend Pecos Bill if you're interested in good bbq.
I did not personally go to this hotel to see it for guests, but we had good feedback. It was more expensive than our other option. But they provide a continental breakfast and have a pool, which some guests did enjoy. And it's close to the highway I-81, as well as a few good restaurants.
I went to this hotel prior to our wedding to make sure it was suitable for guests. The place is a little older, but really nice and clean. We had good feedback! And the price is right. A good location, right near I-81 and a few good restaurants.
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