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3/30/2013 Review (Saturday - Wedding day)

Saturday

 

Culinary Pros A+++++++

There aren’t enough pluses in the world for them.  We had 2 DOC and a bartender.  Denise and Lisa were our DOC’s.  Lisa is the one that was with us during the ceremony (Valley of Fire) and Denise is the one that worked her magic in the suite and let all the vendors in.  Lisa kept us on schedule during the ceremony and pictures afterwards.  She kept things together when I was too scatterbrained to do it. We had Lisa for 7hrs.  While we are gone for 5hrs, Denise cleaned the suite, set up and decorated the suite.  She also let the vendors in and made sure everything was ready for us.  Denise was hired for 8hrs, and at 10pm – I gave her her tip…Denise ended up staying till 1:30am…(!!!!!!) –she stayed and worked most of that time. Our day wouldn’t have been this perfect without these two ladies – I can’t recommend them enough! Hiring them was the best decision we made.  Denise was probably the reason we didn’t have any complaints that night as she said she called security earlier and let them know there were two parties (ours and alexi120’s)…our guests stated the music was loud and they heard it all the way at the elevator.

If you are on the edge of hiring a DOC – don’t be – you will not regret it!!!!!!!!

 

We also had a bartender from Culinary Pros (Efron) who was great too.

 

BellTrans A+++++++

They were on time and the driver was great. We rented a 34 passenger vehicle. We ended up coming back a little later than anticipated from Valley of Fire and went over our 5 hour time frame. I had wanted to stop at “The Hangover Parking lot” to take some pictures with our sparklers but was afraid that since we ran behind we couldn’t stop. But our driver was great – he made it happen!

 

Bentley & Wilson Photography (reserve grading until pictures arrive)

Well everything that has been said about Todd is true; he is easy going, on time, and starts shooting as soon as he walks through the door. He was great with me telling him several pictures I wanted and he made them happen.

 

Pastor Pete A+++++++

I originally asked him if he was willing to learn a couple of sentences in German so my family would feel special.  He ended up doing his best in translating and speaking 60% of the ceremony-he tried so hard! He also incorporated my vows to my then FI’s children. He brought some humor into the ceremony as well.

 

Valley of Fire A+++++++

What a gorgeous place - if you truly want an outside wedding that is non-traditional this is the place for you! It ride there was a little longer than I thought, but it was well worth it!!!! Wait till you see pictures - lol. Wink

Masterpiece Cuisine A+++++++

I never saw them, as they set up while we were still out, from what Denise (DOC) said, they were on time. The food was great (I ordered too much though). I ordered food for 35 and we ended up being 30 – which trust me, made a difference.

 

DJ Godzilla A+++++++

Calvin was great – he played the right music at the right time. He incorporated my German mp3 songs and played them at the right time. He also brought his up-lighting, which was great for the suite and set the mood.

 

SinCity Cupcakes A+++++++

Yummy – these were great. I loved their icing!  We had about half left, again I ordered too many, (which I ate most of them throughout the week) Some of their cupcakes are strong(er) than what you would expect…but they don’t bake their alcohol they fill their cupcakes with it.

RSVP Rental A+++++++

We rented 4 high-top tables, 1 8ft banquet table, linens, 2 party buckets – they delivered around 10am on Saturday.  We inquired about possible Tuesday pick-up as (RSVP is closed on Sunday and we had a Grand Canyon tour scheduled for Monday). They picked up the tables, etc., at 9am on Tuesday morning.

 

Total Experiences A+++++++

At first I didn’t really think that they would get a review as we didn’t make the 5 room reservation requirement for them to actually be beneficial to us. We booked the Apex Suite through them and also had room blocks at Planet Hollywood and Flamingo. It turned out most guests booked on their own (we did too, as it was cheaper with the Southwest package). We had two separate guests staying at PH and one at Flamingo through the room block. Both rooms at PH were on the 30th floor, one diagonal across from the Apex Suite, and the other was the other adjoining room to the Apex Suite. Once I realized that my mother had the other adjoining room – I figured that Total Experiences had something to do with that. If we would have booked through them, we all would have been on the same floor.

 

I love Sparklers (http://www.sparklersrus.com/) A+++++++

Great company if you want sparklers. I ordered the 4 min sparklers several weeks prior to our wedding and had them shipped to us. I knew we couldn’t put them on the plane as they are considered hazardous material but we had some other stuff to ship so I figured we could ship it all together.  Well it turns out there was some miscommunication between, my husband, me and the UPS Store – needless to say we waited too long to ship them ground. So, I love Sparklers agreed to ship 100 4min sparklers to the hotel (since their warehouse is closer to Vegas), include a return label so we could return the 100 sparklers we have at home! That’s customer service…!!!! (I can’t wait to see our pictures)

 

Beverages for the reception were bought at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club & Lee’s Liquor. We had sooooo much left over – and the bell hop was very appreciative.

 

My email address (I don't check that one regularly but I do check it at least once a week): ljones2424(at)hotmail(dot)com

Re: 3/30/2013 Review (Saturday - Wedding day)

  • Happy to hear about Sin City Cupcakes! So excited to have them next month. I know the four flavors we will be having are the ones you could taste the most alcohol in. Did they do a table set up for you with their tiers and all? I'll be having them set-up for us so would be curious if you had pics of the set up they did for you :)

  • Congrats and thanks so much for your in depth reviews. Glad you had such a great time!
  • great reviews, so happy overall it was a fantastic dream wedding. sorry about your time next to the toilet, but its vegas its bound to happen at least one night-lol. congrats and best wishes!!
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  • In Response to Re: 3/30/2013 Review (Saturday - Wedding day):
    [QUOTE]Happy to hear about Sin City Cupcakes! So excited to have them next month. I know the four flavors we will be having are the ones you could taste the most alcohol in. Did they do a table set up for you with their tiers and all? I'll be having them set-up for us so would be curious if you had pics of the set up they did for you :)
    Posted by fablove[/QUOTE]

    No, I just requested delievery. I had bought a cupcake stand for $15 at Bed Bath & Beyond and shipped it to Vegas with some other stuff-our coordinator set it up.
  • In Response to Re: 3/30/2013 Review (Saturday - Wedding day):
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 3/30/2013 Review (Saturday - Wedding day) : No, I just requested delievery. I had bought a cupcake stand for $15 at Bed Bath & Beyond and shipped it to Vegas with some other stuff-our coordinator set it up.
    Posted by germanlinda[/QUOTE]

    Oh nice! Thank you for sharing :)

  • I'm so glad everything was amazing for you =) Congrats!
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  • How much was culinary pros if you dont mind me asking?
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    In Response to Re:3/30/2013 Review Saturday Wedding day:[QUOTE]How much was culinary pros if you dont mind me asking? Posted by connor1975[/QUOTE]

    Don't mind at all...we paid a total of 750 for 2DOCs $ 7hrs and 8hrs, and 5hrs for a bartender. Their hourly rate for DOC is $40 with a 5 hour minimum and the bartender is $30 with a 5 hour minimum.
  • In Response to Re: 3/30/2013 Review (Saturday - Wedding day):
    [QUOTE]I'm so glad everything was amazing for you =) Congrats!
    Posted by PreDempsey[/QUOTE]

    Wow, your day is right around the corner!!! When are you leaving?
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    Great reviews!!! Sounds like an amazing wedding! Congratulations!
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    Congrats! Thank you for the reviews! Sounds like your special day was perfect!!
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  • I have been waiting for your reviews on pins and needles cause I'm having my reception at Apex suite. Congratulations I'm so happy things went so well :-) do you mind if I ask how much you spent on alcohol and how many people you had? Thanks in advance
  • In Response to Re:3/30/2013 Review Saturday Wedding day:[QUOTE]I have been waiting for your reviews on pins and needles cause I'm having my reception at Apex suite. Congratulations I'm so happy things went so well : do you mind if I ask how much you spent on alcohol and how many people you had? Thanks in advance Posted by josiahzmommy[/QUOTE]

    Let me check on that...my mother paid for that and I can't remember how much it was.
  • Sounds like an amazing wedding!!  I am getting married in the valley of fire april 2014.  I was thinking about using bell trans thank you for your review :)   Any advice for a future valley of fire bride?
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