My reviews (a little late since my wedding was in May haha)
Wilshire Grand (West Orange) A++++++: I cannot say enough great things about the Wilshire. In case most people stop reading the reviews since there is a lot here, I would like to say definitely stop by the Wilshire. They did a lot of improvements (not that they needed to) which include new tiling on the bars, brand new uplighting in the ballroom, and pavers placed for the aisle outdoors. From beginning to end they were amazing. We dealt with John Bowes, if I ever called for him and he wasn’t available, he always returned my phone calls that day and always promptly responded to my emails. He worked with us to get an amazing price and I felt comfortable throughout the whole process. I currently live in MD, but every time I was up in NJ for wedding business he met me at the Wilshire and would show me around again and kept me updated on everything they were doing at the Wilshire. The whole day the staff waited on us hand and foot. We barely had to ask anything of them because before we could think of it, it was already done! I love them!!! The dinner was exceptional and people couldn't stop talking about the cocktail hour and the viennese hour! PM if you have any questions about them http://www.thewilshiregrandcaterers.com/
Plan it with Deb A+++++: http://www.planitwithdebs.com/ Deb was the best decision we could have made. Like I said, I’m living in MD now and it would have been too hard the day of to do the last minute things at the venue. I crafted a million things that needed to go to our wedding for setup. Deb handled it all and met with us a couple times to go through all of the details. She called me and kept me up to speed and answered all my emails when I needed her. And her price was pretty damn good too!
Joe’s Limo A+: Our limo driver was so sweet and accommodating. We did a reveal in the park and the bridesmaids went on ahead of me to take pictures. Only to find out that I had no one to help me with my dress to keep it from dragging and getting wrinkled. Haha the limo driver walked with me through the park to help with my dress! Such a sweetheart )
Rain Florist B-: My flowers were fine. They were beautiful and stayed healthy and full the whole time. However, I thought the bouquet would have been bigger, including my bridesmaids. Plus, we added a centerpiece to our archway and it looked like cheap ugly flowers. I thought they were going to be roses like my bouquet, but they looked like crappy daisies with green weeds in them. We got an good deal because someone knew them, but honestly… I was pretty pissed about the archway.
Palermo’s B: Cake was good, but not amazing. I have had better. It was included with our venue, but I had a really cute (simple) design I wanted and when I showed them the picture they told me it would be $400!!!! Good god, its just icing!!! And they had the shape cutters to do it (they brought it out for me to see) so they would literally just have to stick it on. Once we heard the price, we settled for a design they already make, but I was kinda disappointed.
Photography: Theacreative A++++: From our engagement photos to our wedding photos I have been shocked and amazed! She and her husband are so easy to work with and capture every moment perfectly. We were never posed and told what to do, it was just a natural flow with them. Our pictures look great and I can’t wait to see our album ) l.o.v.e. them! http://theacreative.com/
Dash of Class A+++ : Vito was hands down one of the best decisions we have ever made in our life! My husband is from a large Italian family (many that came from Italy for the wedding as well) and we wanted someone that was familiar with Italian music and customs. Vito nailed it- the dance floor was packed all night. He spoke Italian to our guests when appropriate and kept everyone moving all night. People are still talking about our DJ ) We also got a percussionist for the night- totally worth it!!
Etsy: (All A+++): Jeweled flower (JMGJewelDesign), Flowergirl hair flower (annapanik), Luminary table numbers (MasonRabbitsPaperie), garter (plainNfancy), Bridesmaid wristlets (maddiekayhandbags), Wine glasses for BM’s (FizzyArtist)
ETA: to include the the photobooth, and updated the food info in the Wilshire )