Here are some reviews on the vendors we used for our 1/17/10 wedding! Hope they are helpful!
Rehearsal Dinner - Old Town Mexican Cafe
Super easy to make the reservation, and had no problems whatsoever! We had approx. 30 people. They had 2 large tables for us in the back room. Everyone ordered off the regular menu and they let us bring in our own cake (made by Shirley the Cake Lady! Yumm!) None of the guests had too much trouble finding it, and they have a decent sized parking lot, so parking wasn't an issue. Turned out to be a fun night!
Wedding Dress (by Bonny) and Bridesmaid's Dresses (by Belsoie) - Bridal and Veil
The experience I had buying my dress was very positive. I tried on a bunch of dresses there, then decided to shop around at other stores before buying. Did not feel pressured to buy at Bridal and Veil, and they have a large selection. I ended up returning to the store and purchasing my dress. After ordering, it came in about 4 months or so. I had planned to get alterations done there as well, but after my experience with the bridesmaid's dresses, I changed my mind. I did love my dress though, and am very happy with my choice.
On 3 occassions, I had gone to the store with one or all of my BMs to try on BM dresses. Each time, the same consultant helped us that had helped me pick my dress. And each time we had told her we wanted brown dresses. So once we finally pick the style of dress, she checks to make sure it comes in the color we want. We order it, and about 3 months later they come in. One of my BMs comes with me to pick them up, and the consultant had ordered the dresses in the same color as the sample (mango!), not in brown. At first they tell us that since the dresses had already been paid in full, they are ours and we would have to buy all new dresses in the correct color. The store also had signed copies of our receipts that said Mango. However, when all the girls checked their receipts at home, a color had not been written in. That means the consultant wrote in the color AFTER we signed them! Once we showed the manager our receipts, he agreed to re-order our dresses and did not charge us. Unfortunately, after this experience I cannot say that I recommend going to this store!
We did eventually get the correct dresses, and they looked great on all of the girls.
Alterations - Rose Anderson
I am SO glad that I chose to go to Rose instead of Bridal and Veil. She really knows what she's doing and you can tell she loves her job. She had to take in the top side seams several times, which meant removing many beads, then sewing them back on by hand. She did a beautiful job! She also hemmed the bottom and made my bustle. I had a pretty long train, but she figured out a way to get it all bustled up and it looked beautiful! I got many compliments on my dress. Rose also made me a veil (for only $40!) that went perfectly with my dress. I highly recommend Rose, she is so talented and such a sweet lady!
Rings - Kay Jewelers
My husband got my engagement ring there based on a few recommendations from his friends. Since he bought it right before Xmas, he got "Santa Certificates" which we used towards our wedding bands. We have always had great service there. We usually go to the Fashion Valley store, and the staff is always friendly and helpful.
Shoes - Nina (Vitoria), bought at DSW
I am not used to walking in heels for long periods of time, but these shoes were probably the most comfortable heels I've owned. The straps never dug into my skin and my feet didn't start hurting until towards the end of the night. DSW can sometimes be hit or miss though. The might have a shoe one day, then the next time you go there, they don't sell it anymore!
I will add some more reviews later!