- 10 years ago
- Wedding: December 2010
The Gershon Fox (Marquee Events)– A
This was easily on of our best vendors. The location was gorgeous and everything went so smoothly. Jessica Sanzaro and the banquet coordinator, Christine, helped to make everything go perfectly. It is obvious in food presentation and flavor that this is no ordinary “banquet cook”. Having a top rated chef on-site had our guests raving about the food. One of our favorite parts was the fact that guests don’t have to drive around to have 3 different experiences since the venue has 3 different spaces for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and the reception. If you are looking for personal attention there is no better place. Jessica responded to every email within minutes of sending even on her days off from work. It made making decisions so much easier when you could be with the florist who had a question about the venue and have it answered within minutes. (Downside the bakery they provide for the cake, but I’ll rate that in a minute) $100pp plus $750 ceremony site fee
Mr. Music Man (Josh Lidsky) – A
Josh kept the party moving and our guests had a blast. The package we purchased included Josh and another DJ, which I believe, made everything run a lot smoother. Everyone stayed dancing all night long and he was very good at reading the crowd. He also “checked-in” with us through out the night, which was great; making sure some of our strange guest requests were o.k. to play. He also kept the bridal party organized for introductions and even grabbed us a couple of drinks during dinner. His only negative is he’s a control freak. At times we had to get firm and tell him “this is how we want it”. He has a lot of his own ideas. If you are indecisive you will love this trait. His package is pricey but comes with a ton of extras $2250. Our photomontage was stinking fabulous. We provided pictures and they did the rest. It included 120 pictures, with music and movie clips.
- No Time Restriction – All Day
- 2 Sound Systems
- Entertainer’s Name in Contract
- 2nd Disk-Jockey Included
- Ceremony Music at no Charge if at Reception Hall
- PLUS ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Photo Montage
- Love story Intro or Toast
Uplighting pics. With lights on and then dimmed.
Azalea Florist (Christine) – B+
Working with Christine was easy and she had great ideas. Her price was very reasonable as well. We received tons of compliments on the centerpieces and they were beautiful, but they weren’t exactly what I had expected. My husband loved them. I wanted them to be more full at the base. I would just recommend to anyone regardless of what florist you use to ask for a mock up of the centerpiece first. The bouquets were so beautiful and our moms loved their little mini bouquets in lieu of corsages. We received the following Bride bouquet, 2 Bridesmaid bouquets, 9 boutonnieres, 3 mini mom bouquets, pin on corsage for Officiant, 12 centerpieces, mixed small arrangements for sweetheart table, and delivery and full setup for $1861.36
Fabuluxe Photos (Claudia) – A+
We have not received our pictures back yet, but our engagement pictures were amazing. She is responsive and very creative. She is young and trend setting. She kept me calm during a small “bridezilla” moment as well (late groomsmen to pic session). Her husband is her assistant photographer, which I think makes the experience better as they understand each other as well. She is willing to lie on the ground to get the right shot. She was there during every step but almost in the background and unnoticed. She is amazing and I truly believe will surpass a number of the top photographers in CT shortly. Also good to note is that she speaks Spanish as well which was helpful since my husband’s side of the family is from Peru. (fabuluxephotos.com and .net (blog) Her price included E-pic session (or boudoir or trash the dress) and disc, all re-touching, wedding day 8 hours, including getting ready photos, 2nd photographer with groom all day as well, photo booth backdrop with photographer, and wedding disc with pictures. $3100. She does amazing photo albums and things as well, but we decided to wait until we get back pics to make decisions.
Modern Pastry (Carla) – D
Our wedding cake was included in our package from the Gershon. In our opinion they should re-think their working relationship. While the cake was tasty, it didn’t look at all like the picture we presented. Plus 3 days prior to the wedding I sent a follow-up email to the bakery and she responded stating she had lost the picture and if I could resend. Hence our surprise when it didn’t look the way that the picture did. I would also like to note that our cake was super simple and in butter cream not even in fondant. Free with venue package.
First pic is what we provided. We did ask for the scallop border to be changed to ribbon and the second pic is what we received.
The Bridal Mall – F
Worst vendor ever! I have never had such a horrible experience. My dress was late. They cancelled my fitting 3 times. Then presented me with the wrong dress. Don’t go here. $2300
Christi-Anne’s Bridal Shop – A
This is a tiny little shop in Meriden that is fabulous. They took over my dress and did my first fitting and alterations in 3 days after my horrible experience with the Bridal Mall. I had never heard of this place before, but if I had, I would have purchased my dress from here to start. My alterations were so reasonable. Including my bustle it was $250. They also altered my sister’s 3 sizes too big bridesmaid dress for $100. My sis is pregnant so we ordered big just to be sure.
Kim’s Cottage – A
We purchased the groom’s cake as well as 120 cookies for our 10 o’clock cookies and milk service. I cannot say enough about Kim. I have used her for so many events and she is so easy to work with and you get an amazing product every time. Grooms cake $150. 120 Giant cookies $85. (FYI we actually got 100 milk cartons for $21, great cheap cute idea)
Glitzy Events – B+
Our invitations were beautiful. Everyone loved them. They worked with me on-line but sent me physical proofs via mail so I was able to see and touch them prior to ordering. I was able to custom design my own invites which was fantastic. They lacked in response and at times it took quite a long time to get answers. I splurged on this. It was one of the things I had debated about, but knew that this was so important to set the tone for our wedding. They were $9.25 a piece.
Marriot Residence Inn – B+
They are attached to the Gershon so obviously made for an easy choice. Plus Gfox gave us a free night in the honeymoon suite for free. They were wonderfully accommodating and the rooms were great and very spacious. The honeymoon suite had tons of room for everyone to get ready and also had 2 bathrooms and a kitchen, which was really convenient. Due to the downtown location as well it was very easy to have lunch delivered in from about 10 places in the area. Guest rooms $119 in the block price and extra night in the bridal suite for me was $84. Wish that the pricing had been a little less for our guests.
Men’s Warehouse – C
We had issues with 4 of the tuxes being the wrong size, length, etc. They were able to fix it, but for instance one of our groomsmen got a size 38” pant instead of 31”. My father’s was missing his shoes and a button fell off of one of the jackets. It was what you should expect from a place like this. Grooms tux was free. Wedding party tuxes were $149