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Vendor Reviews!

I got married on July 9th. 

Church: St. Bernadette in Monroeville.  First we had all our meeting with Father Ed and 3 weeks before our ceremony we were informed he left the church and Father Tony would be performing our ceremony.  We were a little dissapointed at first since we really liked father Ed but Father Tony was GREAT!!  So many people told us that we had the nicest ceremony they had ever seen.  He really was awesome.  Grade: A++

Venue:  Doubletree in Monroeville.  This is a tough one.  The coordinator there Kimmy was great and got back to me very quickly with all my questions.  The only down side was 2 weeks before our wedding she informed me our room was double booked.  The other group needed equip that only could be used in the room we picked so we had to be moved since they wouldn't have time to tear down the room in time.  I was highly irritated because how did they not know this until 2 weeks prior.  The other room was nice and it wasn't a huge deal but just a little concerning that they didn't know this earlier.  It's wasn't Kimmy's fault since she was out on maternity leave when we booked and i guess the computer had glitches in it and was never suppose to allow this thing to happen.   Overall though the service anf food was great.  The hotel bar was great and stayed open till 130AM and had plenty of room for our guests to hang out after the reception.  The rooms were nice but the hallways were not air conditioned....weird.  Overall the experience was a good one.  Just hard to grade since they had a major flub.  Grade:  B-

Hair and makeup:   Details Salon in Murrysville  Janet did my make up and Pam did my hair.  The salon was was very friendly and provided us with mamosas, and chocolate covered things.  We also brought bagels for the girls.   Janet did a great job with my make up and even did one of my bridesmaids for free since she was from South Dakota and had some flooding issues there.  Pam did my hair and wouldn't let me leave until I it was exactly what I wanted.  Several other Girls did my bridesmaids hair as well.   Grade: A-

Limo: Red Carpet limosine.  We got a Ford Excursion 16 person for just around 900 bucks for 4hours.  He picked the girls up at the hotel and dropped us off at the church then went back and got the boys.  Also took the wedding party to the park for pictures.  They were on time and the limo was clean and stocked with water, pop, and liquor.  We brought our own beer.  He did get lost for 5min going to the park but turned around right away.  Overall experience was good.  Grade: A-

Photographer:  David Smith.  He is a photo journalist for WVU and got some great shots throughout the day.  He really worked ALL day.  Starting at the salon around 10AM and then finishing at 11PM.  He was very resonable in price as well and had our pictures posted within 2 weeks.  We also got the rights to our photos.  David definately went above and beyond for us. 
www.dsmithweddings.com Grade: A+

DJ's:  Jeff Kridler and his 2 brothers.  he was the DJ at a friend of ours wedding and we liked him so we booked him for ours.  Basically its 3 brothers who DJ as a side job and more of like a hobby.  They were awesome!  Our dance floor was packed and even with the extra hour added to the reception it was still packed till the last song.  We couldn't believe it.  They played all of our requests and even took requests from our guests.  They were vary laid back and weren't trying to be cool on the mic all night. Price was great too.  4 hours for 750 plus 1 hour for 150.  They were terrific.  Grade A+

Cake:  Oakmont Bakery.  We got the white almond with raspberry filling.  Cake was great just thought the pieces were kinda small but no big deal since we had a ton of cookies.  I am not really a cake peson but this was delicious.  Grade:  B+

Florist:  Della Robbia.  Jim was recommended from a friend and he ironically had his shop 5 min from my parents house.  Jim was great!  The flowers were pretty and what i had asked for.  I think he is in the mid range for price.  He was  helpful with suggesting what goes well with what.  Grade:  A-

Florist for the reception: Carrie Ann Powell.  She was the vendor that Doubletree works wiith and ironically she lives in the town i grew up as well.  She was super sweet and just so helpful.  I had no clue as to centerpieces and she sent me photos to choose from.  The were very pretty.  We ended up doing 3 piller vases with water and rose petals and a floating candle.  Again she was super nice. Grade: A+

Honeymoon:   Domnican Republic.  Majestic Colonial.  Awesome honeymoon great staff and wonderful all inclusive resort.  Got special perks for being honeymooners.  Grade A+

Hope this helps for new brides to be.  If you have any questions PM me.



Re: Vendor Reviews!

  • edited December 2011
    Thanks for the reviews.  I am considering using Oakmont Bakery.
  • cgyvhucgyvhu member
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    edited December 2011
    Congrats on your wedding!! Sounds like you had a great day.

    I'm thinking of using Oakmont for the cookie table (we're oot and can't do it ourselves).
  • edited December 2011
    How was the bar at the end of the night? Did you do anything for your guests for breakfast/brunch in the morning? Our hotel room block is there.... still just trying to iron out all the details of what we want to do!

    Great Reviews - Thanks for all of the info!
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  • lubawyweddinglubawywedding member
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    edited December 2011

    Bartenders were great for the after party.  They stayed open till 1:30pm but didn't kick anyone out of the bar/restaurant area.  We ordered a bunch of pizzas too and they didn't mind.  I think the kitchen closes at 11pm. 
    We didn't do an official  brunch since so many of our out of towners had to leave fairly early the next morning.  The few that were there just did breakfast in the hotel restaurant.  Husband and I got a "free" Breakfast.  The buffet was good although a little pricey and for those who ordered food I know it took a really long time.  The restaurant area was packed.  I am not sure how the service would be if you had brunch in one of the rooms.   The staff was great though the night of the wedding.  Hope that helps.

  • edited December 2011
    @mdphd-- Oakmont has AMAZING cookies! IMO they are the best bakery in town....you won't be disappointed if you go with them!
  • cgyvhucgyvhu member
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    edited December 2011
    oooh, good to know niki - thanks!
  • edited December 2011
    Thanks for the info!!!
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  • edited December 2011
    Thanks for the review on the doubletree in monroeville. We too are booked for it in July 2012. I have not been able to find any reviews on haw it was. I'm glad the food was good I hope that we don't have nay problems with the room.
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