So far...so good...
Wedding Dress: RSVP Bridal, San Diego, CA
I purchased my Pronovias Olga dress through Karen at RSVP Bridal in San Diego. She quoted me almost $500 off of the price of the dress shop that I had tried on in. I paid additional $100 as a rush fee so that I would be assured of the dress arriving on time. It was due in by May 10th, but it arrived on April 2nd. Of course the dress was brand new and in pristine condition. I was super excited and highly recommend RSVP.
Invitations: EvenStar Paperie
Tessa at EvenStar is such a creative and wonderful individual. She designed our invites based on my specifications; she actually worked up several different designs before I chose our final one. The quality of the invitations was great. I received multiple compliments on how beautiful and unique they were. The only thing I had to critique was that there was a typo or two on my RSVP cards (which were individually addressed), and a few of my guests were left off the final invites. I have no doubt that Tessa would have corrected this immediately, I just never got around to asking her to. It was small potatoes in the long run since I had extra invites. She also made me up another 10 invitations on the spur of the moment when my parents came up with a few extra people that they wanted to invite. Her fees are reasonable when compared to getting mass produced invites. I definitely recommend Evenstar.
Programs: Southwest Announcements/Invitationpaper.com
The programs were good quality and were nicely priced. There was a mix-up with UPS and I never received the 1st shipment of programs. But after contacting customer service at Southwest Announcements, they sent out a second shipment.
Venue: Rockhouse Vineyards, Tryon, NC
I just loved this place, and we got so many compliments on it. Everyone said that our wedding was the most unique and laidback wedding that they had ever been to. I think that the venue contributed to this. I loved the owners of the vineyard, they were super nice and helpful. And I highly recommend the wine (of course!)...especially the Meritage.
Cake: Cakes du Jour, Hendersonville, NC
The cake was awesome! We couldn't taste the Bailey's in the actual cake, but the cake itself was incredibly moist and tasted wonderful. It was devoured by our guests. The design turned out right, so I was very happy in the end.
Catering: Chelsea's Catering, Greer, SC
The food was great, the service was wonderful. We didn't have any problems at all. I thought that there was a little too much cracked pepper in the salad, but I heard multiple comments on how great the food was.
Flowers: Carolina Roses, Kings Mountain, NC
I loved my flowers! They turned out excellent, and the price was unbelieveable. Patty will work well within your budget and she is super energetic and has fabulous ideas.
The guys were responsible for wearing their own suits. We purchased matching ties for them from Burlington Coat Factory.
His Ring: DeBebians
Great price and quality. The free shipping was definitely nice.
Bridesmaids Jewelry: Lisa's Beads
Lisa is a seller at The Grapevine Marketplace in Kings Mountain, NC. She custom designed a necklace and earring set for my bridesmaids using freshwater pearls and blue crystal beads. The result was gorgeous, and the price was excellent. I highly recommend her services!
Photography: Weddings by Tuesday's Frog
I love Joanna and Mark! There is definitely a reason that they have won national awards for their photography. I cannot recommend them enough. They did our engagement pics and our wedding day pics. And I was beyond pleased each time. They are definitely detailed-oriented...even down to the packaging that they send your pictures in. Plus, they sent us a copy of the children's book that is the namesake of their company. How cool is that?
Boudoir Pics: Evoke Photography
What can I say about April? She is enormously talented and so fun to work with. Like a lot of girls, I was super nervous about prancing around, scantily clad, but it only a few minutes for me to get used to it. April put me at ease from the start, and I was so incredibly pleased with the photos.