Our wedding was great! Getting married anywhere away from where you live, especially across the country (we live in CA, got married in NJ), is pretty difficult. Thank goodness we had family and friends in NJ to help! Having the wedding mapper was a huge help too, since we were able to give everyone else not from the area a sense of where our ceremony, reception, and other fun things were in the area.
Our ceremony was the best part of the day! The church's wedding coordinator was a huge help, as was the pastor who led our ceremony, and the music director too. Thank goodness for email! It was really nice to be able to take pictures in their lovely prayer garden as well, since the other venues we had in mind did not work out.
There was a change in management mid-way through the summer, but after we'd paid two huge deposits and done ALL the planning - the food, colors, decorations, etc. It was quite frustrating because we had to go over all these "set" details with the new social sales people. Then some things we thought were included (the cake) we had to pay extra for. Additionally, the day of the wedding we did not get the exact food we had ordered - although we were assured there would be no change in the kitchen staff we suspect there was! Their only saving grace was that the maitre`d was awesome, but I have no idea if he is still there or not. I would strongly suggest looking elsewhere for your reception - you can get a better deal. In ANY case, make sure you get every detail in writing at EVERY STEP of your wedding planning process.
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