We got married on 8/8, a very rainy week at the beach! We only had 2 vendors since we did so much ourselves. In fact Jennettes Pier was a last minute vendor.
Jennettes Pier, we called on Tuesday afternoon because the weather was so bad, and forecasted to be just as bad Wensday. We had already planned on using the access beside the pier so it was perfect place to call. Luckily Wensday was the only day it WAS NOT booked, so whew we booked it for an hour for our ceremony. They were so nice to us, and helpful. They let us practice the night before and set up! They also let us use their chairs and sound system so we didn't have to drag the rentals back and forth. Their banquet room is so beautiful as well. They even let us stay over the hour for free for pictures. We volunteer for NEST and had previously been in that room for training, and I said man I'd love to get married in a room like this. Hmmm mother nature must have heard me!! Tricky lady! We had asked about renting for longer for the reception as well, but they wouldn't let us bring our food or beer so...those things are necessary.
Harris Teeter & Maggie...Well I wish I had nice things to say but I don't. I had emailed and met with Maggie about our flowers and I thought we had an easy clear cut order. Pink and Green Hydrangeas for the bridesmaids, pink hydrangeas and garden roses for my boquet and for the toss the same except regular roses. For the guys rose boutiners. Oh and flower girl petals. I had in the email mentioned daisies but she told me they wouldn't work and I wouldn't be getting them. When my MOC went to pick up the order it was total confusion, and they were missing the flower girl petals. Maggie wasn't even there as well. When I got the flowers, 3 hours before the wedding I was so unhappy and upset. No pink hydranges white, yellowish looking hydrangeas, all containing daisies in the boquets as well. My boquets the same no pink and the roses truly looked like normal roses and not the garden roses, that cost more might I add. The boutiners only my husband got a rose. The rest were daisies, and they looked terrible and cheap.
I was and still am pretty upset. The only thing that was right was my husbands flower. I did complain to the manager, and I got half of my money back. The man was so rude to us, and acted like we were just bothering him. That 50% was more than far, never apologized, never introduced himself or properly greeted us. I had talked to him 2 times on the phone so I expected alot more, I expected even more even if I hadn't spoken to him on the phone. I am really pissed about how we were treated about this. More than the money, 200.00 is a whole days hard work for me. Harris Teeter easily makes that in 5 minutes, and he made me feel like he just didn't care at all. No custermer service at all.
As for photography we had his Mom do it. She is a professional photographer, and while it saved us money..I hate the pictures and she didn't give it 100%. If I could change things I would have paid someone and worried about hurt feelings later. So for all of you that may be considering a friend or family member for photography make sure you can clearly communicate what you need from them on your wedding day.
Other than those things and the weather our wedding and reception were awesome, and I am happily married to the man of my dreams