- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
Loved my wedding, and I was expecting things to go wrong since i was prepared that not everything will be as planned…but i was pretty dissapointed with how badly my vendors did NOT deliver. 🙁 I started with the negatives…with the florist being THE worst!!!! I understand how hard it is in Ottawa not having so many options, this was the best I could do after meeting with SOO many other vendors… sad. I guess I did something wrong. But anyways…here are my reviews, msg me if you need anything!
Details Ottawa – Decorator Eugenia
The end result of my wedding was definitely beautiful but she really really does the bare minimum! You would think when you hire a decorator that they do the decorating for you on the day of the wedding. But that is not the case with Eugenia. She picks and chooses which tables she includes in her charges, and she only does SOME linen (not napkins for example…) and then when she finished some of her work on the day of the wedding…she left the favours for my friends to do because she just wasnt willing to wait for the hall to put the napkins on the tables. Thank GOD a couple of my friends were there or I would have been screwed since I do not have a bridal party to really help ensure all is done. There was no plate and forks set up next to my cake, neither were the champagne glasses! She almost did my other favours wrong too if it werent for my friends there to stop her and tell her to fix it, she would have continued! You really need to talk to her about your needs the first day you meet her… and include it in your contract since the first deposit is pretty hefty and it would be too late for you to hire someone else. Final tip, hire a day off or make sure your friends know everything you need, since she will take advantage, do the bare minimum and leave! Overall, okay experience but I would definitely hire someone different if I got to do it all over again!
Flower Talk – Florist Elizabeth
Horrible horrible experience. One of the biggest regrets of my wedding. Did she really think once I showed up to the wedding reception with nothing looking like we had discussed, that I wouldn’t notice? Did not deliver on so many of her promises and what I asked for…NOTHING was what I wanted including my bouquet! And I know it was not a miss communication issue as I had pointed it all out when she showed me the sample. The end results of my centerpieces didnt look half as worth as I spent on them. Also, if you want something specific, make sure you stand up to yourself or she will push you to get the cheapest flowers and still charge you the same as she would for the more expensive ones. For what I got in the end, I would say she definitely over priced things.
DO NOT HIRE ELIZABETH! if you do, PLEASE put everything in the contract! type of flowers, colours of each of those flowers…how many, the exact type and size and colour of the vases/containers you use, everything!
He’s a very nice man, which is why I gave him two stars not one, just not as professional as he should be for someone’s wedding. I had emailed him a couple of very detailed documents a week before the wedding. One outlining the schedule of our wedding day and reception, the second includes all the music and genre’s i would like him to play…I told him to play everything as long as I hear the ones I listed specifically at some point. We also payed him 1400 to include all lighting and all the extra stuff in the room.
Issues: my backdrop lighting was purple when I asked for pink…and I emailed him the picture at least three times, and showed it to him in person once…saying PLEASE make sure it is like that and he promised it would be fine. We tried to set up a time for me to go and double check it a weekend before my wedding but I didnt have the time. The room’s lighting being purple i didnt care as much…but my backdrop? It is in ALL of my pictures it makes me sooo sad.
Second: He kept on coming up to me and asking me who was speaking next when I already gave him a schedule, its fine he was double checking, but when it was time for the first dance and he came and asked me if i wanted the fog machine when he should have been starting my song….I was fuming! he started the song and THEN he began working on the fog machine! The fog started well into the song and it really lost all it’s romantic effect! So sad.
Lastly, he didnt play almost any of the songs I wanted until we went and told him at least three times that we want to leave the hall! he then began playing a couple of my requests (which were my dads requests and I wanted them played for him) but he didnt play them till we wanted to leave and we were just standing waiting for him to play that song for leaving.
I thought I hired the best DJ in town…he was not prepared and did not deliver. he offered to give me back $200 but he wanted me to come to the west end when I am never there…and at the end when we planned to meet in the east end…I just couldnt get myself to see him because I was so angry and a small $200 wont fix my pictures. and no he wont email transfer or mail the cheque. he should have at least given me all my money back for the lighting! Rediculous.
Know By Heart – Videographer – Allan Ziolkowski
Trailor was beautiful and while i had major problems with my DVD’s Allen was INCREDIBLE!! Veryyy professional and responsible. On the contract I specified I wanted a certain song for my trailor…the trailor was so long they used a second song from my list that i didnt want on the trailor. I emailed him saying that and his team was so patient with me and were able to change the second song but it was too late to put that on the DVD which was a bummer. Also… one TIP, my RESEPTION clip was SO short…only two mins of ALL the dancing was shown, and not even to the original music. it was VERY dissapointing. since I had issues with my dvd’s where they had to give me new copies, he was able to put all of the fottage he has onto one of the new DVD’s. i hope there is more there were amazing moments it would be SO sad not to have them. all the other coverage was perfect, the speaches, the cereomny, entrance, etc. I would HIGHLY recommend them. One of the nicest vendors I had at my wedding. So patient and while there were some issues, he appoligized perfusely and all was well in the end. 🙂
Studio Art Maria – Maria Kuzmina – Photographer
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER!! love her, love her work, I did boudoir as well as our engagement and wedding photos. She’s an old soul, so sweet and talented. Thank GOD we had her!!!!
Hilton Lac Leamy
Many changes happened from the time we singed the contract till our wedding but Genevieve and our Chef, Ken, really really tried there best and there were a few hiccups but nothing major. The hotel is beautiful, they really took care of our guests, and Genevieve really helped with so many issues no words were enough to thank her. The food was exceptiona; (Carrot soup is AMAZINGGG andd their Creme Brulee! WOW), the price was amazing, we had our own personal server which was nice… she made sure we ate before they took our plates 🙂
Advice: if you want a plate and forks for after you CUT the cake…lol…I guess you have to make that clear because after we cut t he cake we couldnt feed each other! NO PLATE! lol.Second issue was the lighting!! IT WAS SO BRIGHT and apparently the DJ told them to DIM it and they never did…so that was a bit of a dissapointment I was hoping it would be more party feel when the dancing began but it was still beautiful.
Mia Bridals – Antonella – Bridal gown, bridesmaid dresses, and veil
What can I say… the Sweeetest owner, the most beautiful dresses, and I was able to go try my dress a million times before I finally received it (a tad late 😛 ). I also ordered my veil through her. It was an amazing experience. She was just wonderful! Most stores I went to… including Montreal and toronto, I wasnt treated so well… it felt like most of the sales women didnt even care to help me find my dream dress…everyone was snobby or they just didnt know how to help. Antonella saved me, she also had a massive section of sale stuff for anyone who finds the Lazaro, Amsale or Kenneth Pool dresses to be too pricey…she had some of the previous seasons at a discount! Okay now I sound like I am selling…but she is amazing. Go and you will SEE!! <3
Hair – for updo’s go for Sonia!!
She’s great with her updos. She even cried after she helped me with the veil. loved her. 🙂 I met her through a Bridal Boutique called White Satin in the west end… if you call them they have a tailor, make and hair people, i bought my jewellery from them and the owner is so cute and helpful!!
Stationary, I did and the cake was done by my mother who’s bakery is in Toronto so it won’t be of much help… though I must say the CAKE was the only thing that came out EXACTLY as I had dreamt it would be!!! 9 tier BEAUTIFUL cake with gorgeous pink peonies and gold trimming and jewls. AH…stunning. <3
If you need any other advice, I will try my best to respond as soon as I can. 🙂