I was wondering who your major vendors are that you're using for your wedding.
Venue: Magnolia Hall at Piedmont Park for both ceremony and reception
Caterer: Affairs to Remember
Photographer: My Life Photography
DJ: Ted Crowder from Atlanta DJ's
Cake: Working on it and potentially going to forego this for a dessert table
Invites and paper: My Fiance is designing all our paper.
Who all are you using??
@caits615: We're having an Indian wedding, so we have to use some speciality vendors. I LOVE Magnolia Hall. I really wanted to make Greystone work, but our wedding was just slightly too large.
Venue: Ventanas for ceremoy and reception
Florist: Utopian Events - we're using them for florals and decor
Caterer: Bold American and they are contracting an Indian restaurant (Bhojanic) for the food while they provide the service.
Photographer: Drew Newman
DJ: About to start working on it.
Cake: NO idea!
Invites and paper: I think we're going through an Etsy vendor, but not sure
We're now 14 months away from our wedding date so not everything is squared away...
Venue: Georgian Ballroom @ The Biltmore for both ceremony and reception
Florist: Tulip or Amy Osaba
Caterer: Sun in My Belly
DJ: Don't know yet
Invites and paper: Don't know yet, possibly Bumblebee Press
Coordinator: Amy DiLoreti @ A Flawless Event
Gown: Kelly's Closet
Bridesmaids Dresses: Don't know yet
Tuxedo: Don't know yet
Hair: Barron's London Salon
Makeup: Don't know yet
Venue, Marriott stone mountain
Rich the dj and his wife natalya the photographer.
Wedding dress, aformal occasion in kennesaw
Bridesmaid alfred angelo at perimeter
Flower girl dress, dillards
Cake, sugar kneads loganville
Invites, handmade (michaels and avery!)
Hair, chastain and co salon in stone mountain
Florist, sams club
venue: primrose cottage (includes food and cake)
dress: impressions bridal
dj: tc show
@atlbride2013: Ahhhhh! You guys are going with Altmix? I LOVED them. We didn't end up going with them, but I really really liked them. Their pics are so fun. Are you guys doing a photobooth with them?
@Osgirl: Yeah, they were awesome! I'm excited to work with them, I think they'll really be able to capture the look we are going for, the FI and I are huge fans of the photojournalism look. We are doing the photobooth.
@caits615: I noticed you're using Tulip, we are considering them. I hope you don't mind sharing, but what's your floral budget?
@atlbride2013: Have you met with Heather or Eva? I met with Heather and I really liked how they quoted me. We sat and talked for nearly 2 hours about our vision and I gave bouquet examples and Heather had some AMAZING ideas that I would've never thought of on my own. So they quoted me with every single thing we discussed and I think it came out to around $3800~. So after looking at the quote we spoke and discussed things in further detail and I said I wanted to keep it beneath $3000. The final quote was just below, but we're aware by the end, when everything's said and done, it may creep above. They've been amazing to work with!
We're meeting with Celsos next weekend, I think. We've done one tasting, with another cake place, and weren't too impressed so I'm ready to try something else and I've heard great things about him.
@Osgirl: I can't wait to see your wedding photos! Indian weddings are always so gorgeous and yours will be especially amazing since you're getting married on my birthday ;)
@caits615: I met with Eva. I haven't given her much to work with aside from some photos and they just sent me a quote a little above 5K. I was hoping to keep it at 4K. It sounds like they can work with a budget though so I'll just have to let her know and ask about substitutions. I loved their studio when I met with them and I thought Eva was super cool.
Honestly meeting with Celsos was the best vendor meeting ever. Free delicious cake and he helped us narrow down our vision quickly. He really sounded so professional, we were highly impressed and ended up signing a contract during our tasting.
@caits615: Our wedding planner suggested Ted Crowder along with a lot of other DJs. How did you end up choosing him? It's hard to pick a DJ because it's not like you can see a portfolio or anything like with a photographer!
@Osgirl: Girl, I'm sorry, I totally just saw this!!
I think picking a DJ is super hard because unlike photographers and florists it's hard to really see their work. Fortunately, Ted DJ'ed my sisters wedding back in 2001 and was AMAZING!! He, in my opinion, was the perfect DJ that every bride wants- he was on top of everything and made a big deal of the cake cutting, the first dance, etc. People were up and partying the entire night. I've been to a ton of weddings where the bride and groom are cutting the cake and people have no clue, because the DJ didn't announce it- whereas Ted not only announces it but coralles people.
I would highly HIGHLY recommend Ted and all of my vendors, when they ask who we're using and I tell them, they reply, "Oh I love Ted!!"
@atlbride2013: Isn't their studio beautiful?? I loved it. I definitely think they can work with a budget if you make it clear what you want to spend.
We actually went on a handful of cake tastings and decided to not do a cake. We don't like cake and after going on a few disappointing tastings (I guess we were hoping we could find something super spectacular?) we looked at one another and said, "Why spend all this money on a cake when we don't even enjoy cake??" So the plan is to have a dessert table put out by Affairs of our favorite desserts and then to have King of Pops come closer to the end of the evening and hand out popsicles to guests.
Venue: The Mary Gay House
Dress: Bravura in Snellville
BM: dont know
Groomsmen: Hopefully suits from Menswearhouse
Planner: Aflawless Event
Music: Still looking
Hair and Make-up: Still looking
My wedding has already passed, but I thought I'd throw mine up here in case people need ideas. For the record, my wedding was mostly DIY and budget. :) I could add some pictures but don't want to be annoying!
Venue: The Locust Grove Event Center (Locust Grove, GA -- down 75 South)
Florist: N/A DIY'd them
Caterer: We had a private chef that was a family friend cater.
Photographer: Ashleigh Dees Photography (Second-shot by Amy E Photography) They are both wonderful and reasonably priced.
DJ: N/A - iPod and an attendant
Cake: The Cake House & More! In Stockbridge.
Invites and paper: 123print.com for STDs and Invites and we DIY'd the programs.
Coordinator: A woman from my officiant's church did it for free.
Bridesmaids Dresses: They were Alfred Angelo. We got them from a shop called Social Butterflies.
Hair: Tabitha Pugh (she now works at DayeLynn Salon in SC)
Makeup: Jill Finney
Venue: Fernbank Museum
Florist: most likely Candler Park Flowers
Photographer: Kyle Hale
DJ: searching for one now, which is what led me to this post :)
Paper: my fiance is designing them and we're printing them at home
Hair/Makeup: Van Michael salon, Virginia Highlands
@atlbride2013: Hey ladies, just as a heads up - Celsos Cakes closed for good. From my numerous facebook postings, it seems like they shut down and didn't even make their deliveres for the weddings over the weekend.
@MrsBot: Who are you working with at Affairs?? We're working with Chris and LOVE him!!
@Osgirl: Wow. :/
@atlbride2013: Celso's closed last week. I had them as well. JUst wanted you to know. Some of us are going to contact the local news stations as some brides aren't getting their deposits back.
@Osgirl: Some of us are contacting the local news stations to get the word out. I'm glad I still have time to find someone else.
@caits615: We're working with Rich! I let out a huge sigh when we signed with them. They really are the best.
My biggest fear is having a vendor just not show up, I feel awful for those people who were expecting a cake (or are this coming weekend or next, and so on) and they just didn't show up. Ugh. I guess you magically create a last minute dessert table or something from Publix. :(
My wedding was also just two weeks ago and was also mostly DIY (the result: almost no space in our garage due to all of our wedding left over stuff. :-/ ). Anyway we had a few vendors, but loved them all, well most of them. Here is the list:
Dress. Bride Beautiful. (This vendor, I wasn't very happy with, my consultant was kind of mean and the appointment felt rushed).
Tuxedos (Groom and gms). Joseph A. Banks. (Also not impressed by them, they messed up so much on the sizes and they tried to charge us more money than the one we had agreed upon; all of this 2 days prior to the wedding).
MOH dress: Mod Cloth. She loved her dress and they were very accurate with their delivery dates.
BM dresses: Dress up boutique. I love dresses. I go there all the time but I never thought I was going to find all my girls dresses there, but I did and they were lovely , flowy, pretty and super cheap, only $35.00 (which all of BMS loved). People complimented on their dresses and could not believe what a steal they were.
Photography: Chriswithcamera. I super love him. Affordable, nice to work with, blends easily with everyone, he is nice to people. We have our pics and video already, and they are awesome. So yeah, highly recommend him! :-))
Catering: Local restaurant (Molcajete Mexican Restaurant, Alpharetta area). My FI and I go there from time to time and we when we asked if they would cater, they said yes. Not only they were super affordable, but also on time, the manager took the chef to cook the food at our reception place, so it was delicious and hot. Very happy with them.
Make up: Her name is Mary Sue, my friends and I found her at the MAC counter in Macy's at North Point Mall. She did an excellent job. She came over to our house and worked super fast. She is nice to work and super friendly, you feel at ease with her. She made me feel awesome about my make up that day and she also gave us tips on how to apply make up on some other occasions.
Hair: A friend o a friend.
Venue: The Roswell Historic Cottage. It's a new place in downtown Roswell. I loved it. :-) The manager, his name is Amhir, he is very easy to work with, he accomodates to your needs. I have nothing but good things to say about him and this place!
DJ: They are a pair of DJ's that work at local night clubs. They did an awesome job, people had tons of fun as well.
Cake: Well we had a dessert table, but I made all the desserts myself and our cake (CRAZY, I know..everyone told me, but I loved the way it turned out, so no regrets there).
Florist: I aslo made all the flowers for our wedding, this took forever but it was worth it!
And just like these last two things, everything else was DIY, with the help from my awesome family and friends! :-)
I hope this review helps you all. :-)
What are your ladies plans for your rehearsal dinner?
Here is my list of vendors now that we are close to having everything nailed down:
Venue: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Caterer: Zest Atlanta
DJ: Joel Rabe @ Lethal Rhythms
Cake: Don't know yet -- Cupcakes from somewhere
Invites and paper: FI's family friend is designing and we're assembling
Coordinator: Beverly Fields
Gown: Alfred Angelo
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo
@caits615: We originally looked at South City Kitchen but they're $3,000/minimum for a rehearsal dinner, which just seems absurd to me. Now I don't know. lol.
Venue: Carl House. Loved. Kinda a wedding factory but they have it down to a science, and the venue is so classy and gorgeous! A bunch of our guests told me that our wedding was the most beautiful wedding they'd ever been to. Plus everything is so neutral it fits into anyone's vision. and NO BANQUET CARPETING! They also do catering.
Gown: Bridals by Lori. I don't recommend them to anyone unless what you're looking for is horrible customer service. I cried 3 times due to wedding planning and all 3 times happened in that bridal store. So glad I never have to go back there!
MOH dress: Jcrew
Tux: my guy bought his custom.
Florals: Twolips Boutique
Cake: Sugar Kneads. They were so easy to work with and we thought the cake tasted great. Apparently so did everyone else because there wasn't even one piece leftover!
DJ: Chuck Walls. He's great, we used him for the rehearsal dinner too.
Photographer: Peachblossom Photography
Invites: Sweet T Designs. That was a 7 month ordeal. She ended up giving me a discount but she screwed a few things up during the process and was really hard to get in touch with. I missed the initial deadline that I wanted to send the invites out because I would email her and it would literally take 2 weeks for her to even acknowledge me. I told her back in February I wanted to send the invites out before the 4th of July and she didn't have them ready until July 3rd. Seriously. I had to cancel my calligrapher. And I had to drive 45 minutes one way just to pick them up 3 weeks late!
I'd recommend everyone but Bridals by Lori and Sweet T.
I had a destination wedding, but we did hold a formal reception last weekend here in Atlanta, so I thought I'd share my vendors. :o)
Venue: The Venetian Room (50 Hurt Plaza, Atlanta, GA -- downtown) The venue is beautiful, but I had issues with their event manager communicating timely. Overall, our event turned out MARVELOUS, but they really annoyed the hell out of me (AND my mom) in the process.
Florist: Perfect Petals-- Christine was the BEST! (located in Marietta, perfectpetalsatl.com/)
Caterer: Glorious Events owns the venue, so we went with them. The food was phenomenal! We got tons of comments that it was delicious & definitely not typical "wedding food"
Photographer: Sophia Barrett Photography-- Really great to work with & reasonably priced
DJ: Ampd Atlanta--- We had Joey as our DJ & he was great! They were able to accomodate us even though we booked only a month out--- The DJ we'd planned on using fell through.
Cake: Perfect Wedding Cake-- Ramona is wonderful to work with. Her cakes taste as amazing as they look! (www.perfectweddingcake.com/)
Invites and paper: Vendor on Etsy for our invites. She took a lot longer than expected to complete our invites, but they were wonderful when we finally got them. I DIY'd various other paper products like escort cards.
Coordinator: ellyB events. Our coordinator was Dori & she was AWESOME! We didn't have to worry about anything at all on the day of the reception. She kept it all in line.
Gown: A Formal Affair (Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA)
Bridesmaids Dresses: They were Alfred Angelo. My bridesmaids both live in different states, so they got them from the closest shop to them that carries AA.
Makeup: Alexandra Butler--- can't recommend her enough! My mom & I both looked flawless! She's a miracle worker.. (www.facebook.com/AlexandraButlerMUA)
Venue: Rock Barn
Photographer: Derek Shane
Caterer: Big Girls Catering
DJ: Black Tie Events
Cake: still looking
Flowers: not sure if we are hiring someone or DIYing
Invitations: bought three boxes at Target on price cut
Dress: Bridal Boutique in Woodstock
Bridesmaids dress: Alfred Sung Duiponi dresses
@caits615: This is a delayed response, but I'm just now trying to find a place for my rehearsal dinner. We want to keep it in downtown Decatur, so I'm thinking Iberian Pig might be a good spot. If anyone knows of any other good spots in Decatur, please let me know! Preferably a place with a private or semi-private room that can accommodate around 30 people.
Also, does anyone have a day-of coordinator or hair/makeup artist they can recommend?
@MrsBot: Ughhhhhhh rehearsal dinner! Seriously this is my wedding nightmare. Iberian Pig sounds like a great option and I love the Decatur Square area. I've actually never been to Iberian Pig, but i know it's super meaty- so that's something to think about if you have any veggies attending your rehearsal.
We're looking at Radial Cafe as well as URestaurants (Fritti, Sotto Sotto, Escorpion).
@caits615: Seriously, the rehearsal dinner has blindsided me with a world of stress!!
Radial is a great spot, and although I've never eaten at any of the URestaurants, I've always heard good things.
Iberian Pig is great. I'm not a big meat eater, but they've got some good options for people like me and for vegetarians (we do have a couple in our wedding party).
Thanks for your help and best of luck to you!
@MrsBot: I think if I had any sort of help with it then it would be fine. I hear about girls whose inlaws plan the entire thing and they don't have to worry about a thing and I'm jealous. It's just another thing on top of planning a wedding, planning a honeymoon, taking the GRE, applying to graduate school, looking for a job. IT'LL ALL WORK OUT! Ha.
@caits615: Oh man, I can't even imagine preparing for the GRE while planning a wedding, let alone everything else. I'm also on the hunt for a job and that takes up enough time and energy as it is. We'll get through it!
@caits615: I LOVE the U Restaurants. I used to live across the street from Fritti/Sotto Sotto. Sotto Sotto might be too small for a rehearsal dinner space though depending on how many people you have. I've seen a few rehearsal dinners at Fritti. They close out the patio area outside usually. It's a little annoying because it's also the entrance to the restaurant so if people are making toasts and things, people may be coming in and out. But the staff has tried both times to make sure that people are quiet.
Updated Vendors (again some of these are speciality vendors because we are having an Indian wedding):
Flowers and Decor: Utopian Events
Stage: Active Events
Catering: Bold American contracting out the Indian restaurant Bhojanic
DJ: Fernando with Lethal Rhythms
Planning: Nicole Fantz with Peachtree Weddings
Cake: Cupcakes from Metrotainment Bakery
Makeup and Hair: Scoobie West
Invites: woodchick studios on Etsy
Rehearsal dinner/Welcome party: Einstein's in Midtown. Super affordable and really fun.
We are still planning so we don't have everyone yet, but for now we have:
Venue: The fox theatre, ceremony in the grand salon, reception in the Egyptian ballroom
Caterer: Affairs, haven't signed yet but loved their quote and menu
Photographer: Drew Newman
Dress: Le Dress, I went to lots of shops in Atl, NY and Dallas and found an amazing deal here in buckhead.
Bridesmaids:Demetrios at peachtree/piedmont. I have nine bridesmaids and was just happy they could agree on something
Flowers: considering tulip because we have heard great things
Band: considering some but haven't signed
Rehearsal Dinner: Blue Ridge Grille
Still in search of a month of or day of coordinator, every quote I've gotten is 2000+, I'm considering corporate eventplanners at this point because I can't really see the value added other than a body to help carry out a schedule I make
Wedding Planner: Soiree South & Co.
Venue: Georgian Terrace
Caterer: Proof Of the Pudding
Florist: Peactree Petals
Photographer: Case Callaway
@atlbride2013: Hello atlbride2013...If you haven't found a makeup artist as of yet, I would like to do a trial session with you. I am a makeup artist located in Gwinnett County and would love to be a part of making your wedding day special. You may cintact me at email@example.com for more information.
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