- 10 years ago
- Wedding: September 2007
It’s a little late since I got married a few months ago, but I thought I’d review a couple of vendors from my wedding in the Madison area:
Ceremony: "B-" Fireman’s Park in Columbus. Beautiful outdoor setting, and the trees were gorgeous in late September. We faced a pretty brook and it was green and pretty. But it was a park and there were people around that kept looking at us. All in all, it was nice but not perfect..
Reception site: "B+" The historic building at Fireman’s Park in Columbus is absolutely beautiful with incredible vintage charm. I loved that we could use our own caterer, provide our own liquor, ect. Depending on how you look at it, this could be a positive or negative feature, but it was totally DIY. Tables and chairs came with the rental, but that was it. The chairs weren’t pretty, but they were free and we had nice linens that we brought. Gorgeous, gorgeous interior with huge windows, wood floors, and tin ceilings. And it was a steal at only $350 for the day’s rental!
Rentals: "A" True Value in Columbus. They delivered and picked up the chairs we rented for the outdoor ceremony. Of course, I had to ask for it, and they don’t do that often, from the sounds of it. But it worked out well.
Hotel for guests: "C" Super 8 in Columbus. Not friendly, and didn’t provide a free room for the bridal party or parents after all the business we brought them. However, we did get to use the conference/breakfast room for our rehearsal dinner. That was nice, although they weren’t nice about that either. Overpriced for what you got.
Wedding night stay and bridal party getting ready: Columbus Carriage House Bed and Breakfast. "A++++++". This place was awesome. Nancy is the mayor of the town, and so nice! She provided an awesome brunch for my girls and mom, plus a place for us to assemble our DIY flowers. Nice rooms, private bathroom, and great setting for photography. Highly recommended.
Horse and Carriage: Cornerstone Carriages. "A". Great service, easy to work with. By far the cheapest horse and carriage option in the area, and they look really nice. We didn’t pay extra for the wedding decoration on the carriage, and it looked perfect.
Wedding Cake: Carl’s Cakes. Very tasty, pretty, cakes that fit my budget, and the best of about the five places I sampled. "A+++" Carl wasn’t very friendly at the first consultation, but at my second (re-tasting) consult, his employees were over the top nice and accomodating. And man, those cakes taste good!
Flowers: DIY through http://www.flowersandfreshness.com. It was a bit scary ordering online, but the flowers were SO pretty and fresh. I’ve been recommending them to everyone. I ordered the Carmella Roses, and they are my new favorite flower.
Tuxes: "A". Savvi Formalwear. Nothing to rave about, but they did a good job and were personable. Nothing was messed up, so that’s a plus!
DJ: Madison Sound and Light DJ. A+. Eric was a great DJ, played what we wanted, skipped what we didn’t. He even did a customized playlist for dinner with big band and jazz selections. Highly recommended!
Photographer: Amanda Line Photography from Platteville. A-. Quite a bargain for the approximately $1,000 budget, and great pictures! I gave her an A- because I wish she would have taken charge a little more and got a few more pictures of the groom and I, but overall, we are VERY happy with her pictures. And she’s worth twice what she charges. 🙂 (I’m a photographer too so I feel justified saying that!)
Um, I think that’s it. If I forgot anything, I’ll add it later.