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The best day of my life-7/12/13 wedding review

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I have been reading everyone’s reviews and now it is my time to add my own from my wedding on July 12.

Venue-Maplewood Country Club A+

Everything was perfect. The assistant manager, Weisser, was great and knew exactly what he was doing from the day we booked till the time we left on our wedding day. I cannot recommend this place enough. It is classy without too much bling with incredible food and service. Everything was done in a tasteful manner with a smile. I know I am biased because it is my venue, but I am so happy we went with it. The contract was very straight-forward, no minimum guarantee and flat tip instead of % from the cost per person. I would highly recommend as the value is amazing at MCC.

DJ- Excel Entertainment A+

We booked with Excel after booking our photographer who shares the office with the Excel Entertainment. We went with a half band/DJ combination. We ended up getting a singer and percussionist. Everyone loved the music and our singer had the most amazing voice. I could not believe it was her singing and not a recording. I highly recommend them. I was a bit of a lazy bride at the end and gave them almost no direction and they delivered all the way. I would highly recommend.

Photography/Videography- Papillio Photography-A+

We found Papillio through a friend's recommendation. David and Irene were great. It felt like we were spending our wedding day with friends taking pictures of us taking except that our friends knew exactly what they were doing. They are a true professionals who know their stuff. We can’t wait to see our pictures. We had them shoot our engagement session and were beyond thrilled.

Hair/Make-up-Fringe Salon, Maplewood, NJ-A

Fringe is my salon for hair cuts and color. It is Aveda concept which I am a fan of and they do a great job. Donna did my up-do and the 2 more up-dos for my maid of honor and one of my bridesmaids. Two other stylists did the blow-outs for the girls who opted for a simpler hairstyle. I did not have preferences for the hair styles. My girls opted for different styles. Katie did my make-up which held up amazingly from 11:30a.m.-12 and beyond. Because we took all of the pictures before the ceremony we had an earlier start. Both hair and make-up held up perfectly. I could not be happier. I did re-apply lipstick about 3-4 times during the day and used blush and powder. I was religious about that and it showed in the pictures.

If I could give advise to any bride-to-be it would be make-sure that you re-apply lipstick and make-up. Take few minutes to do that. I asked my maid of honor to help me with that and it was so easy but worth it for pictures later.

Florist-Santos, Newark, NJ- A++

Manny, the owner, did an amazing job. I was in awe when I saw the room. My centerpieces were bigger than a sample and everything was beyond what I was expecting. The value was tremendous and extras provided beyond contract made me so happy with my choice. Manny delivered all the way. I could not be happier. He was great to work with and truly cared about the wedding often giving us advice on stuff beyond his domain. I cannot recommend Santos enough. Very happy.

Hotel-Hilton Short Hills- B+

We stayed at Hilton Short Hills. The only reason I am giving this hotel a B+ is because it was expensive and they did not provide breakfast, but if you don't mind your guests paying a little more for a great service and if you can splurge on breakfast or forgo it altogether then  you must go with Hilton. The service was what you expect from a 5 star hotel. The girls that i worked with-Lauren and Emily were sweethearts. They made sure everything went smoothly. I met Lauren and felt like I was meeting an old friend. She made me feel very special. Everything was taken care of without any reminders. We received chocolate covered strawberries and champagne to our room and so did our parents who stayed at the hotel. It was pretty neat to receive that type of service. We used MyLimo for our shuttle transportation. MyLimo was great to work with. Danielle over at MyLimo was great.The cost of two roundtrips was entirely covered by the Hilton. I highly recommend this hotel and the service we received is hard to come by anymore.

We ordered our interfaith ketubah from Stephanie from Since I almost forgot about it, I had to rush order it. Stephanie did a beautiful job personalizing it. We loved it. Highly recommend her services. We ended up picking it up from her studio in NYC due to time constraints, but she also ships for free.

Dress- I do I do, Morristown, NJ-A

I loved my pronovias dress. It was a modern princess dress that I always dreamt of. I had a great experience at the salon. Few minor bumps during the alteration process, but in the end everything was perfect. I also bought my simply raw edge veil there as well. Highly recommend after trying 2 other salons in NJ. I felt at home there.

Officient- Sheila Gay Gross-A+

Saving the best for last. We loved our officient. She did a beautiful job with the ceremony. Sheila has a gift of listening. She knows how to turn your words into a beautiful ceremony. We are so happy that we decided to go with Sheila. Now, we can’t imagine anyone else marrying us.

Hope this helps any of you planning. I know I used to love reading these when I was planning my wedding.


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