- 9 years ago
My wedding was last Friday, so I thought I’d do a quick vendor review for the rest of the MD brides. All of our events were in downtown Frederick, and we tried to keep things as local as possible. I think the only exception to that is the string trio we used. Okay, here we go:
Photographer: David Spence, Spence Photographics. Grade: A+ David was sooo fantastic! He wasn’t intrusive, I think he got all the shots we asked for. He posted teaser photos to his blog by the Wednesday after the wedding (http://spencephotographics.com/blog/?p=324&cpage=1). He was great with the little kids in the wedding party, and my somewhat demanding MIL.
Ceremony music: St. Charles string trio. Grade: A. The only non-local vendor we had, and that was because they were lower priced and seemed better than the local option. We had them play for the ceremony only, and they did a great job with our somewhat unusual ceremony (Catholic ceremony that started with a Hindu baraat). My only wish is that we had cued them better, but that’s more our fault than theirs. Overall, very good.
Florist: En Masse. Grade: A+. I’m not a flower person. I wanted to do a paper flower bouquet, but my sister and my (then) fiance said no way. We only did bouquets and boutonnieres, no floral centerpiece and no altar arrangement. (The church’s altar was already very decorated for the Easter season.) When we met with Sharon, and my love for paper came up, she suggested that I make paper flowers for my bouquet and my husband’s boutonniere. The combined power of the florist and the bride overruled the FI and the sister. I made the flowers, and sent them to Sharon. She put them together in a bouquet and boutonniere with real flowers, and they came out beautifully. My bouquet was the number-one thing people commented on throughout the day.
DJ: Paul Garza, Paul Garza Productions. Grade: A. Paul was great about communicating with us, and playing the songs that we requested as must-plays. He didn’t play any of the songs that we requested as "would like to be played" choices, but he read the crowd very well. We also gave him some Indian music to be played during dinner and dancing; he was very cooperative about that and I think he picked the best of the songs from those CDs. He didn’t do silly games and had great mash-ups. Overall, great job.
Caterer: Bombay Grill, Frederick. Grade: B. The owner of the Bombay Grill, Jay, is wonderful to work with. Unfortunately, he wasn’t there the day of the wedding, so some of the organization on the wedding day was lacking. The food was about 30-45 minutes late (although it was all delicious). They were supposed to coordinate with the bartender on pouring out the champagne, and didn’t. I noticed this when we were sitting down to do the toasts, and had to have my cousin go ask them to pour the champagne. They also didn’t have plates and forks ready for the cake-cutting. Some of this might be because they’re used to doing Indian-style weddings, not American-style weddings. Nonetheless, the service was disappointing. They still get a pretty good grade because the food was so good and the service leading up to the wedding was wonderful (they were great about accomodating different dietary needs).
Reception site: Marilyn Orsinger, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center. Grade: A++. Marilyn was amazing throughout the process. She made our table runners. She and her band of helpers decorated the hall, and didn’t let us help at all (and did a fabulous job). She gathered everything together and set it to the side for us to pick up later. Just a dream to work with, and the site itself is beautiful and reasonably priced. Note: There is a parking garage being built next to the Delaplaine right now, and it is a bit of an eyesore. It’s supposed to be finished in December. However, you can’t really see it from the inside. All of the windows and all but one of the doors face the creek side. I also planned the wedding so that most guests would approach it from the creek side (told them to park elsewhere downtown and walk the few blocks from the ceremony to the reception).
Bartender/drinks supplier: Ye Olde Spirit Shop. Grade: B+. These guys were quite frustrating to work with before the event. They seem to work on things on a month-by-month basis, and if it’s more than a month or so before your event, you’re not a priority for them. However, on the day-of, you absolutely are. They made the arrangements for the bartender for us. They only charged for what we opened, and let us take home the opened and unused alcohol. I didn’t actually end up drinking the night of the wedding, so I don’t know how the bartender’s service was but I didn’t hear any complaints and he seemed really nice when we were chatting for a few minutes about the leftovers.
Phew! I think that’s about all, and I hope it’s helpful. If I think of anything else, I’ll post it in this string.