- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
When I was planning my wedding I found the vendor reviews to be extremely helpful. Better late than never, here is a list of the vendors I used, if you want to see A LOT of photos from our wedding check out the recap post i made, http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/august-24-2013-wedding-a-lot-of-pro-pics#axzz2mct1pt80.
Wedding Planner: Piece of Cake Event Coordinating (http://www.pieceofcakeeventcoordinating.com/) (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Piece-of-Cake-Event-Coordinating/151080894915043)
Ashley was a dream to work with. I couldn’t imagine not having her during the planning process and on the day of the wedding. My husband and I were engaged for two years before getting married, Ashley was there every step of the way, answering emails right away, joining us in client meetings and helping us make critical decisions that made our special day run smooth. Having her there on the day of the wedding was amazing, the little things that no one thinks about she handled. I didn’t have to worry about anything because I knew Ashley had everything under control. She was simply amazing. I’ve already recommended her to some of my friends that will be getting married next year. We are so grateful and appreciate everything Ashley did for us. I cannot thank her enough.
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Brookside Farms (http://www.morethanjustafarm.com/)
The venue is gorgeous! You can really transform the barn to be anything you want, which is great because it can meet the needs of anyone. We rented the farm house so my girls and I could get ready in and they also offer a bridal suite that is located under the barn, which is where the groomsmen hung out. Since we had our ceremony and reception here we didn’t have to travel anywhere for pictures, there were a ton of different places for our wedding photos. The cost does add up since you have to bring in your own caterer but we felt it was completely worth it for the amazing setting. I had a great experience with them the only thing I noticed is that it helps to write everything down. Since they are somewhat of a newer venue they are constantly updating the barn, which is great, but it also means certain things get added to the price or the price goes up between the conversations you have with them. We didn’t have to worry about that so much because they honored the price that they had originally told us. I would definitely recommend this venue, call early, they book super fast!
Ceremony Officiant: Catherine Daniels from Ohio Wedding Lady (http://www.ohioweddinglady.com/)
I cannot express how amazing it was to have Rev. Catherine Daniels officiate our ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful. Almost every single one of our guests came up to us and told us how great the ceremony was. She created a custom ceremony for us, she sent us different sample of weddings she had done in the past and we were able to pick what we wanted and add our own unique touches. I highly recommend Rev. Catherine Daniels to anyone looking for an officiant.
Wedding Dress/Veil/Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dress Boutique in Medina (http://www.thedressbridalboutique.com/) (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dress-Bridal-Boutique/112856455412120)
If you have not bought a wedding dress yet or picked out bridesmaids dresses, call The Dress Boutique and make an appointment now. I went to a lot of bridal stores, and none compare to The Dress. Sara and her team have created such a friendly and inviting atmosphere that makes you feel comfortable and very relaxed while shopping for your dream dress. The one on one attention you get from your consultant is so special and priceless, you really get that “say yes to dress” TV experience. I had gone to the store multiple times because I started shopping early, never once did I feel rushed or pushed to purchase a dress. Every time I came in they were always super welcoming, almost as if we were all old friends. All brides deserve the same experience I had, so I highly recommending making an appointment and checking them out.
Photographer: Suzuran Photography (http://suzuranphotography.com/)
Suzanne and Dan from Suzuran Photography are extremely talented photographers, they are able to capture moments you didn’t even realize are happening. They have such a lovely way of shooting, when you look at their photos you feel like you stepped into that moment. We were very excited to have them capture our wedding day, which I think they completely exceed our expectations. I highly recommend them for anyone that is looking for beautiful photographs of their wedding.
Florist: The Budding Tree (http://www.thebuddingtree.com/) (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Budding-Tree/341157239096)
Erin from The Budding Tree did such an amazing job, I met with her a couple of times and showed her photos of my inspiration and she completely got my vision. Everything was so pretty and exactly what I wanted. She was really able to take everything I had been telling her for almost 2 years and create it on our wedding day. She transformed the barn from country to a romantic English garden. She completely blew me away with her talent.
Caterer: Robert J Events (http://www.robertjevents.com/) (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robert-J-Events-Catering/60200874269)
We went to a couple of different tasting and the food and service at Robert J Event were on a completely different level. Bob was very professional to work with, he puts a lot of pride into his work. He was very helpful with our food choices and gave us some excellent tips on how to make sure the night ran smoothly. This is not your typical wedding food, everything was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. Everyone loved the food and they made sure to tell us about how they went back for seconds. The wedding packages they offer are very inclusive (china, linens, napkins, flatware, glasses, etc.), unlike other places that add on charges. We also used Robert J for bar back service and bartenders. We were allowed to supply our own alcohol and Robert J supplied all the mixers, juices and garnishes. The bartenders were extremely friendly to all of our guests. I would highly recommend Robert J Events for any catering and bartending need.
Cake: Bittersweet’s Chocolate and Pastry (https://www.facebook.com/bittersweetschocolate) (http://www.weddingsbybittersweets.com/)
Gwen and Todd from Bittersweet were great! We had a tasting at a couple of different places but Bittersweet won. The tasting presentation alone was enough for us to book them, but then when we tasted all the different types of cake and frosting, there was no competition, they were the best. We had them make 6 cakes in total. 1 three tier cake and five 8 inch round cakes. Each cake had a different designed and a different flavor. Todd understood our vision and made it a reality.
Chandeliers and Draping rental: Personal Touch Event Décor (Doug Albright – 330.453.3311) (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Personal-Touch/221242634674718)
I rented chandeliers and draping to cover the back the windows of the barn and the entry way. Doug was really great to work with, you can call him and visit their warehouse to see all of the products they have to rent, which… is A LOT. I thought his prices were very affordable and they deliver/set everything up for a flat rate which is good too.
Table runners and charger: Reasonable Party Rentals (https://www.facebook.com/ReasonablePartyRental)
The women who owns the company is named Renee, she was very sweet to talk to over the phone and very accommodating. She didn’t have the color of runner (silver organza) I was looking for so she order a sample so I could see it in person, when I went to see it she had a mock table set up with the runner and chargers I wanted, it was great seeing it instead of having to how it would look like. The best part… her prices are unbeatable!
Ceremony Music: Arion String Ensembles – Rachel Hutch (http://www.arionensembles.com/)
Rachel was great to work with, she was quick to respond to my email and was very helpful with picking out music. We went with Rachel as a soloist, which sounded fantastic during the ceremony. They have a string duo, trio and quartet, I would recommend checking them out.
DJ: A Bride’s DJ – Marcus (http://www.abridesdj.com/)
We decided to go with A Bride’s DJ after meeting with a couple of different DJ companies. Diana matched us up with Marcus, which we got to talk to and he completely understood where we were coming from and how we wanted our reception to be like. He made us feel completely comfortable and we trusted him to make it a great night. Marcus was amazing the day of wedding, he kept the dancing floor packed all night and was able to read the crowd. We had a mix of salsa, hip hop and indie dance music, he was able to make everything melt together and sound just right.
Calligraphy: Seaworthi Design (http://www.etsy.com/shop/seaworthi) (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Seaworthi-Design/281472225235225)
Farin is not the typical calligrapher, she has more of a modern and fun handwritten type style. She was really great and easy to work with, we showed her a couple of different styles we liked and she was able to recreate them and make them unique for us. I would highly recommend checking out her etsy shop and contacting her for any handwritten needs.
Invitation Envelopes: Hollo’s Papercraft in Brunswick (http://hollospapercraft.net/)
They have a great selection of envelopes. A ton of different colors and sizes, they even have different types of metallic and shimmer paper/envelopes
Paper: French Paper (http://www.frenchpaper.com/)
Reasonably priced if you are planning on printing from home and the regular shipping is pretty fast. We ordered the smart white paper in 130lb
Printer: Cat Print online (www.catprint.com)
We printed our thank you cards with cat print and they did an amazing job. My one friend used them to print her wedding invitations and they came out fantastic. They do really great quality work.
Custom stamp: Lush Prints (http://www.lushprints.co/)
My husband designed our own stamp and Lush Print made it. They also have a ton of designs to choose from. They were really great to work with, I had to call them because I had a question about our order and after two rings someone picked up, very friend and it felt very comfortable.
I hope this is helpful for any future brides, if you have any questions just let me know. 🙂