(Closed) Ohio Bees! Give me some vendor ideas!

posted 5 years ago in Columbus, Ohio
Post # 4
Member
25 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Here are mine, let me know if you need a link to any:

ceremony and reception venue- The Loft at dock 580

officiant- Chase Waits

jeweler- The Diamond Cellar

dresses- David’s Bridal

photography- Stephanie Barnes Photography

videography- Prodigy Cinema

dj- Buckeye Entertainment

florist- The Flowerman

STDs- vistaprint

I haven’t booked my invitation stationer or cake baker, but I’ll let you know on those soon since my wedding is 4 months away! My venue is catering the reception.

Post # 6
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7 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I used DJ Jeff Hunter, and he was great! Very professional, respectful. We met with 5 other DJs first who were all lame, cheesy, and obnoxious. Jeff ended up being the cheapest, too! He also doesn’t charge for extras light basic dance lighting, wireless mic, lapel mic, etc. Would HIGHLY recommend.

Two Caterers was our caterer, which I would also highly recommend. They use several ocal and in-season foods and are very “green”.

We also used The Flowerman, which was fun and cost effective if you’re willing to put in some elbow grease a couple days before your wedding (DIY with help from them).

Our photographer was Jeffrey Stroup, and although he lives about a hundred miles away, he was still most reasonably priced even including his travel fee for someone of his calibur. Haven’t seen photos yet (it’s only been a month), but he was great to work with, and we’ll probably hang out with him next time we’re in my hometown, just because. If you have a good-sized budget for photos, check out Henry Photography and Benjamin James Photography. Both have phenomenal-looking photos, just more like $4k-$5k.

Got my dress online at efavormart.com, which is the real deal, not copycat dresses. Very good reputation, fast shipping, good prices, etc.

Congrats, good luck, have fun!

 

Post # 7
Member
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hello! Here are the vendors we have so far in Columbus.

Church: Our home church, Jersey Baptist in Pataskala

Venue: The Olde Gahanna Sanctuary, it used to be a church and is beautiful and very cheap! We are allowed to use our own catering and alcohol so we’re saving a lot of money. They also provide the tables and chairs which are in good shape so no need to rent those.

Photography: Rose Devore, she has been wonderful and our engagement pictures were AMAZING!!

DJ: Buckeye Entertainment, they have great reviews and were about $200 cheaper than other DJs we talked to.

Dress: I went to Wendy’s Bridal and fell in love with a dress that was in the Clearance section so I had to buy it and take it home that day. Thankfully it was a smaller sample size so I will only need to do minor alterations.

Cake: Sauer Cakes in Gahanna, Michelle Sauer is reasonably priced and she really made our tasting a lot of fun! Luke and I designed our wedding cake together the night before we went to our tasting and she knew exactly what we were looking for (despite my sloppy sketch, lol Im not exactly an artist). 

Caterer: We are meeting with Z Cucina this coming Saturday but if the pricing is too steep for our budget we were actually considering having Hoggy’s cater. lol It sounds kind of hick-ish but I have been to an event that they catered before and everyone was really pleased with the food and they are really really really cheap!! lol We’ll see though.

Linens: We found a linen store on ebay that is pretty cheap and we plan on buying them and then selling the ones that are still good after the wedding.

So far that’s all we have done, but our wedding isnt until June 2013 so we are doing pretty well I think! 🙂 Happy Planning!!

 

Post # 8
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29 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Cathedral ceremony, reception in a converted hardware warehouse

I cannot recommend our photographer enough- her name is Lauren, and her studio is call Barefeet Studios. I put some of our engagment pics in one of my posts- I love them!

Post # 9
Member
29 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Cathedral ceremony, reception in a converted hardware warehouse
Post # 10
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990 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My suggestions:

Church of the Resurrection hall- its a wonderful space that is also very cheap

Carfagnas Catering- I admit to being partial on this one before I even went with em

Mark Hagans- Classic cars, way better than a limo

Ric Knight- you may remember him as a radio personality in the city- now he is a DJ in the area and is fantastic! check out his FB! his typical rate for 5 hrs is 600 to 750but it depends on what you need because it could be less.

Lasting Impressions rentals

If you DIY your flowers Hobby Lobby by Costco in Polaris has the best selection of fake ones!

PM me with any questions we did a lot of research!

Post # 11
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322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I second the recommendation for Michelle Sauer! She was wonderful to work with, and her cake was delicious. She gives you a free anniversary tier on your anniversary so you don’t need to save your top tier too. We just celebrated our first anniversary and our anniversary cake was awesome. 

We had our reception at the Columbus Atheneaum in the Large Theater and it was beautiful and ran very smoothly (and had surprisingly amazing food…btw the tasting was also fun!). 

We used Mark Dantzer for our DJ and he was fantastic (but on the expensive side)

I didn’t really like Wendy’s Bridal…I feel like their sales people really try to pressure you into buying, which I didn’t like at all. 

Post # 12
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990 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are currently looking for cakes but I’d like to be able to taste a few samples before I commit to a bakery. (we may also end up having my aunt make it but we are leaving options open for now.) what was the bakery’s policy on tastings that you ladies used?

Post # 13
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161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We got married near Columbus, but live in Cincinnati, so a few of our vendors were Cinci-specific.  Here are our Columbus ones!  We had a small wedding and were budget conscious, so all of these vendors are reasonably priced.  Our florist was amazing.  If you’d like pictures of our wedding, PM me and I’ll send you the link!  

Florist – Madison House Designs

Venue – Buckeye Lake Yacht Club

String Quartet – Columbus Musicians

Day-Of Coordinator – Party Planners Plus

Post # 14
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25 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I met with three bakers, and they all scheduled a free tasting and consultation. I went with Anita Kline, but Enticing Icings, and Cakes by Cecile were both wonderful ladies with beautiful, tasty cakes. I would recommend all 3.

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