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Hi Ladies,
So my wedding has passed and it was beautiful!  Everything was perfect.  I would like to share my vendors with you in case you are looking for help.  My wedding was about 105 people and we splurged on the venue but kept my other costs low as far as everything else.

Venue:The Bell Tower on 34th St.
Absolutely worth the price!  So gorgeous..we recieved numerous compliments on how beautiful everything was.  Now I have heard a few comments from other brides to be about the price, I will say its not cheap but workable if you have a higher budget.  We kept our cost down by cutting our guest list to 100 people and having it on a Friday vs. a Saturday.  We also chose the buffet instead of the sit down dinner which was so delicious. The food was amazing and yes you do have to use their chef for the food but you can bring in any other vendors for everything else. We kept costs down by not adding too much..this place is already beautiful so it doesnt need much. Some people on here have said this place was over $30k and for me that was not the case.  We spent less that 18k for two areas..ceremony and reception and the water wall was included.  They catered everything and supplied the alcahol.linens,chairs,center pieces, even vallet service and security. We paid an additional fee ($300)for their planner to help with everything!  Angie was amazing and was so tentative to every detail.  She made sure I was calm and took alot of the pressure off of me. The bridal suite and grroms suite were great and had alot of room!  They set everything up for us and even packed all our things up at the end of the night! A++++++++
Fabulous venue!!

Flowers:Pink and Chocolate
www.pinkandchocolate.net
936-648-2412- Kat
Kat did such a beautiful job! The flowers were amazing!  I had all red roses for my wedding.  She has different packages that you can add on to.  I had 12 bouts., 5 bridesmaid bouquets, my bouquet, and 3 corsages.  With delivery I paid less that $400.  RED ROSES!! I called many places and many were way higher than her! She was easy to work with and contact. She does excatly what you ask and is very professional and friendly. Please contact her for flowers ladies!  She is very affordable! She was featured also on the Knot. A+++++++++

Cake:Kakes by Kathy
thekakesbykathy.com
281-448-2952- Kathy
Oh my wedding cake..so gorgeous.  Simple,elegant and so delicious!  She made my  3 tiered wedding cake and grooms cake for around $400 for both. Mine had a cheesecake filling that was sooooo delicious!  For the tastings she gives you a whole small cake!! She was reccomended by a co-worker and i'm so glad!  The grooms cake was all chocolate and she made it look just how he asked.  She has great talent and can make anything you ask..please see her website to see her work.  She is very affordable as you can see and very professional. Such a nice lady and wants to make sure her brides are very happy! A++++++

Make-up Artist:
Thalio Beckham
thaliobeckham.com
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! He did an amazing job on my wedding day!  So worth the cost which isnt too crazy but on the higher end. You definatley get what you pay for with him though...my make-up was so beautiful.  He is truly talented and very sweet.  With all the chaos that day he was so calm and understanding. He was a great choice and I'm soooooo happy I went with him. Ladies...do yourself a favor and cut all the looking around and book him! He will come to your location as well. Also featured on the Knot and Wedding Wire. He is TRULY AMAZING!! AAA+++++++

Hair:
Steffanie Currier
Secret Expressions- The Woodlands,TX
281-444-3733
Steffanie was refered also by a friend and has a Face Book page as well.  i cant remember what its under though..SORRY!  However, after two failed hair trials I went to Steff and she nailed it!  So gorgoeus!  My hair was great and it took her about and hour.  Trials are $65/Day of $75  So its not ridiculous..she is also truly talented with hair and very talkative! She makes you feel at home and truly made my hair look amazing.  I had un updo and it even stayed looking great iver the weekend! She will also come to a location for an additional fee..I went to her but I had the time so it worked for me. A++++++++

DJ:Jonny Black
www.jonnyblackproductions.com
832-867-6911 Jonny Black
He was awsome!  I priced alot fo DJ's as entertainment is an importanat part of your wedding.  He not only Dj'd but helped the whole wedding move along. he made all the announcements and definately kept the party going!! People's feet hurt so bad because the didnt sit down all night! He is on the higher end of the price range however he is WORTH IT! Tell him your budget and he will work with you! He dj'd my ceremony,cocktail hour, and reception. He went through my song choices and met with us and made me feel at ease that he had everything under control! Everyone had so much fun that night,great mix of music...loved Jonny! Also, featured on the Knot and Wedding Wire. A++++++

Officiant:
We Do I Do's
wedoidos.net
281-734-4431
Jeff/Marty Holmes
Jeff was great.  He sent me several ceremony options to chose from and customized my ceremony.  It was so beautiful.  We paid $300 total and that included the rehearsal.  They can also help with the planning as well.  Very responsive and very professional.  He listened to everything I told him and did a great job. A+++++

Photographer/Videographer
Marlon Herreria
marlonherreria.net
281-684-8313
So Marlon is not a "well known" photographer. I actually found him on Craigs List so I was skeptical. After meeting with him and seeing his portfolio I was more at ease.  He is very affordable!! Less than $700 for all of my pictures which he includes alot..even the USB that will have all the negatives for our use later if we chose to print more. We will have all our pictures by this Friday and my wedding was last Friday! I have hear stories about people not getting their pics until years later.  Not the case here..he does this on the side because his regular job is a photographer for a local high end hotel. This is why he is so much more affordable than some of the others.  I personally could not spend over $1500 on photos so his price was sooo much more in my range and he was awsome. I gave him a list of photos to get and he did them all..arrived on time as well and got every shot! He has sent me a few so far and they are wonderful! I cant wait to see the rest!!
Marlon also reccomended a colleague for the videography.  He was young but he did a great job. You have to start somewhere! To be honest the video was wanted by my fiance and not so much me so I was ok with a younger person doing this for us.  That is why he was not so expensive.  We will also get the DVD video of the full ceremony and a cinematic version by Friday as well. If you feel more comfortable spending over $2k on photos and videos then great!! I personally felt I could still find quality photographers and videographers for a little less.  From what I've seen so far I am impressed and happy to have found Marlon.  A++

Dress:Brickhouse Bridal- The Woodlands,TX

**I hope some of these have helped ladies..my wedding was beautiflu and I was able to keep my costs low in many areas.  I did splurge on the venue however, it was totally worth it! I also bought alot of items for my wedding as far as decorations from the classifieds here on the Knot. Etsy was a big help as well! Happy Planning ladies and congratulations!!! It will go by so fast so enjoy every moment!!

I will have some beautiful lanters, bird cages, flower baskets,ring bearer pillow, unity candle stands, rose petals, and wedding dress(Maggie Soterro-Adeline) for sale pretty soon once I get it all out again!! My colors were demask(black & white) and red.  Laughing
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