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REVIEWS- Part 2

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Candies from Papabubble, NYC- A+

I bought custom hard candies that said “Naveen <heart /> Jennifer”.  They were passionfruit flavored and tasted delicious!  I would absolutely recommend this vendor.  They were so easy to communicate with.  The candies arrived individually packaged along with my custom designed label.  This is a very unique favor that your guests will love.

Website- weddingwindow.com- A
Easy to use, had everything I could possibly need and more.  Great customer service if you have any problems.
www.jenniferandnaveen.com

Registry- ourwishingwell.com- A
This is a great alternative for those that need a “traditional” gift registry, but actually just want the cash instead.  You can sign up for anything you would like: dinnerware, luggage, a house, a honeymoon, etc.  The best part is that you are actually getting cash. You can then use the money to buy the gift if you choose, or not.  The site does charge a handling fee, but it’s nothing compared to what your guests would have to pay for taxes and shipping fees.  Great find!

Officiant- Eddie Rodriquez- A+
The best officiant ever!  He is professional, kind, warm, and a very, very good speaker.  He had everyone engaged from the beginning.  The couple questionnaire that he made us fill out is genius and makes for a fool proof custom ceremony.  I highly recommend going to him for even just a pre-marital counseling session.  If you take the course, you are able to get a discount on your marriage license and the three day waiting period is waived.  You can go to the court house and receive your license on the same day.

Dress Alterations- Alterations by Reina- A+
I couldn’t possibly say anything bad about this lady.  She is so sweet, and so talented.  She made my Monique Lhuillier gown look gorgeous on me -- I felt like a million bucks.  Since I bought it at a sample sale at Kleinfeld Bridal in NYC, she had to alter it from a size 10 to a size 2, which is no simple task.   I also had her add length to my veil (I was using my mother’s, and was a little too short for my liking).  I definitely took a risk using her -- the alterations department at Kleinfelds looked at me like I was crazy when I told them I was going to use someone else --  but it turned out to be a great decision. 

Makeup- Lutz Karpf- C
Yes, everything you read about this guy is true.  He is almost impossible to get ahold of, and when you do, he is worth the wait.  Yes, he talks alot (mostly about himself), but he also knows what he is doing.  I gave him a lower grade because of his time management and poor styling.  He was completely rushed with me, so I didn’t get individual eyelashes, and I had to put on my wedding dress and take pictures with my hair still in rolls on top of my head.  I finally just took them out myself, put on the veil, and “poof”, the guy was gone.  He said he had to get to another appointment that he completely forgot about.  Really?? At MY wedding!!  I ended up having to curl my hair myself since the curls looked unfinished.  I thought I did a good job but it didn’t last too long, it was flat by the end of the night:(  Unfortunately, I don’t think I could recommend him.

Photobooth- Photobooth Social- A
I chose them because I liked there photo strips and layout the best.  I wanted the traditional, old fashioned look, and that is exactly what I got.  Easy communication and great help with choosing a custom design. 

Dancers- UM Raas Team and Tampa Bhangra Team- A
We booked two different sets of dance groups because we weren’t sure if they were all going to show up.  Lucky for us, they all came and put on two separate performances.  I loved there outfits and there different dance styles.  It was perfect entertainment to help get the party started.

Desserts-
Mini Donuts from Donut Divas- B

I didn’t get to try them myself, but everyone loved them.  Only problem is that they forgot to put on the custom stickers I made for the bags.  Oh well.
Coffee from Cafe a la carte-A
Ice Cream from Dippin Dots-A
Ice Luge from So Cool Events- A
Wedding cake from the Ritz Carlton-A

They were able to make me a massive five tiered cake that tasted amazing.  Unfortunately, my florist didn’t bring enough flowers for in-between the layers, so it had these big gaps where more flowers should have been. Once again, another issue I had with Xquisite Events. 

Sting Quartet from Encore Chambers- A

Fireworks- Ernie from Party Sparks- F
This actually never happened.  We were supposed to have a short fireworks show right behind us after our “I Do’s”.  Three weeks before the wedding, Ernie called me and said that he would not be able to do them because he was not able to obtain a permit.  100% his fault for not calling me earlier about this.  I frantically called all the other firework companies but since it was such short notice, no one was able to get a permit in time.  Luckily, he refunded my deposit.  Looking back, I’m kind of glad we didn’t have it since I think it would have been a little too much.  Everything seems to work out for a reason.

Honeymoon- Viceroy Hotel in Anguilla- A+
I love this place.  So posh, they make you feel like a movie star, as well as being surrounded by them.  We ran into everyone from John Mayer to Samuel L Jackson.  Our room had its own warm water infinity pool, which we loved.  If you are looking to be entertained with activities, events, or clubs, then I would not choose this place.  It’s a small island, and there not too much to do there except relax and eat.  It was perfect for us!

Re: REVIEWS- Part 2

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    edited December 2011
    Your wedding looked absolutely amazing. I don't know if anything can compare to it! Great reviews thank you so much :)
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    edited December 2011
    Amazinggg.

    I saw your wedding on Alain Martinez's blog and I got so excited because couples with an Indian groom and an American bride just aren't that common.
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    Rainbow17Rainbow17 member
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    edited December 2011
    Great reviews!

    Had a question for you... I'm having an Indian wedding and wanted to hire Indian dancers, ideally Bollywood dancers.

    What made you decide to choose UM Raas Team and Tampa Bhangra Team opposed to other dancers?  Also, do you mind telling me how much they cost?  Would you recommend one over the other?  Or do they work together?

    Thanks!
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    edited December 2011
    I saw your pics on your photog's site too... OMG GORGEOUS!!!! Glad everything worked out amazingly well. I just used Lutz and had no complaints at all... but agree he IS impossible to get ahold of and YES he does talk a lot (about himself) but he makes me laugh and it took my mind off of my nerves!

    Congrats!!
    :: Lynette & PJ :: 1.22.11 :: For Sale ::
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    edited December 2011
    thanks for your reviews :)
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    BTW, you're reviews are very welcomed on here!! We love to hear the good, the bad and the ugly!!
    :: Lynette & PJ :: 1.22.11 :: For Sale ::
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks for doing the vendor reviews! I also must say, I watched the short video that your videographer created for you and the wedding vows between you and your husband were so beautiful, they had me crying! Congratulations and all the best in your marriage to your best friend!
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    twinkle82576twinkle82576 member
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    edited December 2011
    Congrats. MRS.! Everything was just gorgeous!
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    edited December 2011
    Wow, what an amazing wedding!!! I also saw the video and it made me tear up. Thank you for the reviews, sounds like you had a perfect day!
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    edited December 2011
    Congrats!! I saw your photos and video and it came out amazing!!
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    JPatootieJPatootie member
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    edited December 2011
    Congrats! What a beautiful wedding!! And I absolutely love your dress!
    Thanks for all the reviews--I definitely lurk more than I post, but all the suggestions on this board have been so helpful in the planning process =)
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    Dee729Dee729 member
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    edited December 2011
    and I cried AGAIN watching your video....just beautiful.  You must  be thrilled that you listed to your FIL and had the wedding of your dreams!  GREAT reveiws!

    I used photobooth social for my wedding and I LOVED THEM!
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    abellabell member
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    edited December 2011
    Your wedding was just beautiful!  Thank you for taking the time to give such detailed reviews and congratulations!
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks for your great reviews!  You looked beautiful and I love your photo montag!
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    Thanks for all the kind words!!  Some of the things you guys said was soo nice, thank you, thank you.  I hope everyone's wedding will turn out beautifully and amazing just as you imagined it.  Just remember to smile, no matter what happens!!

    The question from Nina-
    I choose the dance teams because of other people's recommendations.  I was hesitant at first, because I never seen them preform in person, but both teams did an amazing job. I would recommend both of them, including the UM Bhangra team (if the others aren't available).  I believe they charged something like $80 per person for the preformances, but we gave everyone $150pp for travel expenses, tip, etc.   Well worth the money.
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